MONTREAL, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Security of critical infrastructures, the evolution of technologies and the development of greener data centers are just a few of the topics up for discussion over the next two days at the Data Center Innovation Expo (DCIE). More than 500 data center and IT experts will be attending Montreal's Palais des congrès today for the first of two-day discussions on best practices, issues in the field, and industry trends, which are vital in a world that has become increasingly dependent on data.
"Data is the raw material of the 21st century," says Michel Chartier, DCIE founder and president of the Quebec firm Kelvin Emtech. "Data management and security is an increasingly critical issue for private companies, governments, and the general public. Almost all our information assets are now stored digitally. The data center industry has to innovate constantly to keep up, and that is what DCIE is all about."
As the whole world goes virtual, including our relationships thanks to social media, digital data is flowing all around us at all times. DCIE will explore how we can keep our data secure while the world of technology is in constant flux, how we can handle the increasingly growing volume of data, and how we can develop greener data centers that rise to the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.
Top names in the industry to speak
Many of the industry's top names will be working the floor at Montreal's Palais des congrès and leading round tables. These include Mike Manos, Senior Vice President, Technology Operations, AOL; Jean-Pierre Beaulieu, CIO of the Year, 2012; Marshall Don, Solution Specialist - Microsoft Datacenter; Stephen A. Fairfax, President, mTechnology; and Peter Hopton, CTO and founder, Iceotop, London.
Over two full days, data center professionals will enjoy multiple round tables, information sessions, product demos, and mingling at a major trade fair featuring the latest from over 70 international exhibitors such as Schneider Electric, Siemens, Mitsubishi Electric, and Cogeco.
Greener data centers - Will Quebec lead the way?
Energy efficiency and environmental impacts are hot topics in the data center industry these days. Expect to hear about greener data centers at more than one DCIE round table this year.
"The Quebec government is very focused on the Plan Nord and mining projects at the moment. Another smart move would be a plan to market Quebec as a prime location for IT companies from around the world to establish their data centers," added Chartier.
An ongoing quest for data center specialists is to develop systems with the most energy-efficient cooling systems possible. For now, the most efficient and least expensive techniques use natural resources—cool air and water. For that reason, northern countries are a natural choice for major companies looking to set up new data centers.
This makes Quebec a center of excellence for new data centers. It may be an open secret for now, but Quebec has a highly qualified workforce and managerial corps specialized in data centers. Add Quebec's northern climate, much cooler than the rest of North America's, and you have a highly attractive place for data center development that could substantially lower operating costs while increasing data center energy efficiency.
About Kelvin Emtech
Kelvin Emtech is a consulting and engineering firm based in Montreal, Quebec, with over 18 years of experience in electrical and mechanical design and construction services. Kelvin Emtech specializes in electromechanical installations providing continuous services (24/7 model) for data centers, from Tier I to Tier IV, and all critical electromechanical infrastructures within the telecommunication, broadcasting, and technology sectors.
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