Facilities Management Track



1. Build/Expand 2. Cabling 3. Commissioning
4. DCIM 5. Design 6. Energy/Power/Cooling
7. Generators 8. Maintenance 9. Suppression


FM 1.1 Build/Expand
Meeting Facilities Requirements
Mark Evanko, Principal – Engineer

This presentation will provide a summary of data center options and considerations associated with meeting present and future facility requirements. Whether retrofitting an existing complex, expanding an existing facility, or relocating data center operations, a myriad of elements can impact size, space, cooling, reliability, Opex/Capex costs, and scalability/modularity. Most critical is how to maximize the return on investment regardless of what you do in the short and long term.

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30–8:30am, Jasmine AB

FM 1.2 Build/Expand
Transforming the Data Center: Hyper-Efficient and Green
Patrick Flynn, Lead Sustainability Strategist

Demand—driven by data, devices and regulation—is exploding, as the network of “everything as a service” creates insatiable consumption of compute, storage, and bandwidth. At the same time, supply (such as space, power, water, and time to commission new capacity) is becoming scarcer and more expensive. This means that IT teams cannot afford to continue to design without sustainable-environment considerations. This session will outline a proven, repeatable playbook for realizing a converged data center that reduces costs and risk while improving service delivery and agility.

Wednesday, May 1, 11:15am–12:15pm, Banyan AB

FM 3.1 Commissioning
Data Center Commissioning for Reliability
David Ericson, President
Data Center Energy Pros

Traditionally, the commissioning process has focused on system functionality and design compliance as primary goals. While these goals are important, a truly effective effort in the critical data center environment requires specific support for system efficiency and reliability requirements. This presentation will provide an in-depth understanding of the enhanced commissioning objectives for critical environments; an outline of an effective commissioning, re-commissioning and retro-commissioning process; an overview of critical concerns in managing the commissioning process; guidelines for commissioning efforts; and documentation to tailor an improved maintenance program.

Tuesday, April 30, 1:15–2:15pm, Jasmine AB

FM 3.2 Commissioning
Understanding Load Banks and Best Practices for Multi-Level Data Center Testing
Mark Siira, Director, Business Development

Data center owners and commissioning agents make three common mistakes around load bank testing for large data center systems: First, they typically push load bank testing lower on the priority list and do not consider it a critical part of the commissioning process. Second, they use load bank testing at only one level of the data center. Third, some data center owners have not set goals for testing. All of these mistakes have repercussions and typically stem from a lack of understanding of how load banks work and which different types and configurations of load banks available today.

Thursday, May 2, 9:45–10:45am, Banyan AB

FM 3.3 Commissioning
Data Center Testing–The Right and Wrong Way to Test Mission Critical Facilities
Craig Felton, Technical Director
Advanced Data Centre Testing Ltd.

This session will present case studies that involve data center testing, including the testing of 70,000 sq./ft. of white space across three separate locations for a European investment bank. The presentation will also detail the importance of seeing the data center as an M&E facility as well as a mission critical facility and the need to treat the IT infrastructure, processes, security system and M&E systems as one.

Tuesday, April 30, 10:45–11:45am, Banyan AB

DCIM – Full Power Chain and Network Connection Management
James Cerwinski, Manager, Project Management
Raritan, Inc.

Scott Sandal, Manager, DCIM Client Services
Raritan, Inc.

Today’s data centers are more dynamic, have higher power density, and are more complex, yet managers are being tasked with improving uptime and capacity utilization simultaneously. An endless stream of solutions is available to achieve improved capacity utilization and uptime. However, success can’t be achieved without optimum power and network connectivity. In this session you will learn about connectivity management, why it is important, and the benefits data center managers will see through implementation of such a solution.

Wednesday, May 1, 10:00–11:00am, Banyan CD

The Who, What, Where, How and Why on DCIM
Paul Goodison, CEO
Cormant, Inc.

DCIM is a much (over) used term right now. What it means depends on who you ask within the data center. In this session we will explore what DCIM is and isn’t, focusing on how IT infrastructure management tools can help IT staff–from the CIO to those within the network, server, storage and/or deployment groups. Real-world examples will address the decisions behind adopting an infrastructure management solution and how they have been implemented. A review of what an organization should consider before purchasing a DCIM solution will also be provided.

Tuesday, April 30, 8:15–9:15am, Jasmine AB

The Poor Man’s DCIM
Darrell Gardner, VP Data Center Services

Data Center Infrastructure Management deals with all everything from power and cooling to servers and rack mounted equipment. Keeping track of daily events in a data center is difficult; even so, you can’t lose sight of how these changes impact inventory such as upstream and downstream applications and/or other devices. This session will discuss how you can use Excel to create a DCIM tool.

Thursday, May 2, 8:30–9:30am, Banyan CD

FM 5.1 Design
Intelligent Modular Design and Build–A Case Study
Martin Olsen, Vice President
Active Power

Dave Rotheroe, Senior Technologist, Global Data Center Services

With its Austin facility a key component of the company’s overall cloud delivery, HP took the modular route when faced with capital and time constraints. The payoff? The approach enabled HP to quickly bring the facility online in a matter of months versus a year or more with a conventional build, achieve an incredibly low PUE, and reduce total cost of ownership.

Wednesday, May 1, 10:00–11:00am, Jasmine AB

FM 5.2 Design
Finding the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Paul Schlattman, VP Mission Critical Facilities
Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD)

Today’s IT managers are challenged to deploy technologies that often require additional data center space for operations. This has created a huge demand for design/construction, oftentimes requiring 10-12 months to deploy. So, do you build your own, or use a pre-constructed data center (wholesale)? In order to evaluate the comparison properly, you need to find the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This session will provide the roadmap to achieve TCO, including step-by-step processes and required tools. Attendees will take away several key details about the TCO process and to clearly understand the market options and operating costs associated with building a new data center.

Tuesday, April 30, 1:15–2:15pm, Banyan CD

FM 5.3 Design
The Development of Data Center Design Standards for Global Data Centers (End-User)
Myron Sees, Sr. Staff Data Center Specialist

This session describes how Chevron developed design standards and standard operating procedures for 100 plus data centers that spanned the globe, yet varied in required redundancy, power, cooling and other requirements.

Thursday, May 2, 8:30–9:30am, Banyan AB

FM 5.4 Design
Achieving LEED Gold at Wipro’s King’s Mountain Data Center
Sandy Steckman, Chief Facilities Architect and Director or US Data Center Facilities

Wipro will guide attendees through the design, development and launch of its newest data center at King’s Mountain, NC, which is certified LEED Gold for New Construction. Wipro will cover decision points and challenges faced, together with timelines and the final result. The USGBC has certified less than 40 data centers with LEED Gold, so this is an inside look at the facility’s attributes and how other data centers could benefit from a similar journey. In addition to LEED criteria, other unique approaches and best practices adopted by Wipro to further enhance the facility will be shared.

Wednesday, May 1, 8:45–9:45am, Banyan AB

FM 5.5 Design
Unified Data Center Fabric
David Klebanov, Technical Solutions Architect

Overview of storage networking design principles by examining the advantages, cost savings and consolidation strategy behind unified Data Center fabric approach.  Presentation will compare and contrast various unified Data Center fabric technologies and characteristics, examine applicability of different Data Center switching fabric topologies to the unified fabric design and examine extending the reach of unified fabric beyond the boundaries of a single data center.

Wednesday, May 1, 11:15am–12:15pm, Palm B

FM 5.6 Design
How to Get the Most Out of Your Utility Partner
Tod Sword, Project Manager
Economic Development Services of Southern California Edison

Bryan Landry, Data Center Energy Efficiency Program of Southern California Edison

This presentation provides a case study of how Internap worked with the local utility company to help them to provide services to their new location, keeping costs, rebates and efficiencies in mind. Some of their work covers power site selection matching load requirements on the utility circuits, energy efficiency (new construction & retrofits) specialized for data centers, regulatory & permit assistance with air quality and local jurisdictions, broadband options, negotiating local tax incentives (leveraging economic value) among competing jurisdictions, and special attraction rates.

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30–10:30am, Palm H

FM 6.1 Energy/Power/Cooling
The Changing Shape, Form, and Feel of Data Centers
Steve Kinkel, President
United Metal Products

Harold Simmons, Director of Strategy
United Metal Products

Over the last few years the data center environment has changed rapidly. No longer is it acceptable to spend $15-20M/megawatt in built out construction costs. This session will focus in on the way in which evaporative cooling technology and constructability advancements have helped transform the shape, feel, and infrastructure design of the entire data center. The speaker will help attendees learn practical ways to save their companies millions of dollars in data center construction and design costs by thinking wholistically about how the data center design is dramatically affected by the cooling technology that is chosen.

Tuesday, April 30, 8:15–9:15am, Banyan AB

FM 6.2 Energy/Power/Cooling
Leveraging Utility Incentives to Improve Data Center Efficiency
Aaron Mason, Director of Operations
Hawkeye Energy Solutions

Steve Colby, Infrastructure Services Management – Lead
Kirkland and Ellis LLP

This session will focus on a recent case study involving a data center energy efficiency project that leveraged utility incentives. It will cover the energy efficiency measures undertaken including power and cooling. The project saved over 1.6 million kWh, eliminated more than 1,300 tons of C02 from the atmosphere, and saved the data center more than $250,000/year in operating costs. The local utility incentives contributed almost $130,000 to the project resulting in a payback of less than one year.

Tuesday, April 30, 1:15–2:15pm, Banyan AB

FM 6.3 Energy/Power/Cooling
Data Center Cooling
Rich Goodale, Director of Marketing
Energy Labs Inc.

The adaptation of the recommendations by ASHRAE TC 9.9 (2008) by data center owner/operators will allow engineers to specify HVAC equipment to operate at higher sensible temperatures. The use of economizer and evaporative cooling will provide significant improvement in the PUE (at or near 1.2), and can reduce energy costs. This presentation will provide an inside look into the entire design, bid, and build process of this forward thinking approach to a modularized and energy efficient data center design.

Wednesday, May 1, 10:00–11:00am, Banyan AB

FM 6.4 Energy/Power/Cooling
Ramifications of Server Airflow Leakage with Aisle Containment
Daniel Kennedy, Senior Sales Engineer
Tate Inc.

The concept of physically separating cold and hot air paths in the data center makes logical sense, and on the surface aisle containment provides a simple method for accomplishing this. However, uneven pressure distribution between cold or hot aisles, as well as uneven static and dynamic loading, can dramatically reduce aisle containment efficiencies. This presentation will explore the potential inefficiencies of server airflow leakage that results in bypass air. It will then address methods of eliminating this bypass air, and bringing aisle containment in-line with theoretical models.

Wednesday, May 1, 8:45–9:45am, Banyan CD

FM 6.5 Energy/Power/Cooling
Just Add Water? Implications of Drought on Data Center Cooling Strategies
Chris Crosby, CEO
Compass Datacenters

Water is an increasingly precious data center commodity, especially as the United States suffers through the worst drought since 1956 with no end in sight. Those predictions have dire consequences not only for the agricultural industry in those areas, but also for the data center industry, which is so dependent on water. This presentation will address the need to consider the increasing scarcity and cost of water when planning a data center’s long-term strategy. Real-world examples of the impact of the current drought on data center operations will also be provided.

Thursday, May 2, 8:30–9:30am, Jasmine EF

FM 6.7 Energy/Power/Cooling
Architecture vs. Airflow: How Containment Strategies Stack Up to Facilities Challenges
Ian Seaton, Global Technology Manager
Chatsworth Product

From the very advent of airflow containment strategies, there has been an ongoing debate about which containment is the most efficient– hot aisle, cold aisle or cabinets with vertical exhaust ducts. The debate has finally been addressed in a scientific study that found no efficiency advantage for one form over another. Therefore, a decision regarding containment choice can rest on other architectural and business variables. This discussion helps simplify that decision by expanding upon the three primary methods of containment and how they relate to the following variables: retrofits vs. existing, overhead obstacles, power and data cable distribution pathways, lighting, fire suppression, air supply delivery, room comfort, raised floors and high density applications.

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30–10:30am, Banyan CD

FM 6.8 Energy/Power/Cooling
High Temperature Operating Tradeoffs
Scot Heath, Power and Cooling Principal

High temperature operation is here. With the advent of the new ASHRAE TC9.9 2011 thermal operating guidelines, the push to enable economization is clear. To keep both acquisition and operating costs as low as possible, new thinking with regard to temperature control, environmental integrity and IT equipment design is necessary. This session will examine the tradeoffs which enable the “best” operation.

Wednesday, May 1, 7:30–8:30am, Banyan AB

FM 6.9 Energy/Power/Cooling
The Shift to 380V DC in the Data Center: Why It Makes Sense (Panel Discussion)
Jeff Hudgins, VP of Marketing
Unicom Engineering (formerly NEI), a division of Unicom Global

Tim Martinson, Division Director
Universal Electric Corporate Starline DC Solutions

There are significant energy efficiency gains that can be realized by moving from AC to DC power distribution, specifically, 380 volt DC. By leveraging 380V DC power distribution, organizations can achieve numerous benefits over a traditional alternating current design, including greater energy efficiency, higher reliability, a smaller footprint, lower installation and maintenance costs, more scalability, and easier integration of renewable energy. This panel of experts will examine the benefits of using high-voltage DC power in the data center and explore the issues associated with the transfer to 380V DC, including the necessary technologies and services that will help accelerate its adoption.

Wednesday, May 1, 11:15am–12:15pm, Palm A

FM 6.10 Energy/Power/Cooling
Iceland Data Center Case Study: The Evolution of Energy Efficiency (End-User)
Tate Cantrell, CTO
Verne Global

The trend of data centers consuming large amounts of electricity is being buoyed by unprecedented growth in Internet users fueling the high demand for data center power. It’s crucial that we find adequate sources of power. Faced with a growing number of Federal regulations, Iceland is a country from which we can learn. It has optimized combination of location, economics, and ecological consideration for large-scale data center implementations, including 100% dual-sourced green energy, year-round free cooling, and protection against rising worldwide power pricing. This session will explore how key lessons from Iceland today could set the stage to define the fundamentals of future data centers.

Thursday, May 2, 9:45–10:45am, Jasmine AB

FM 6.11 Energy/Power/Cooling
Hybrid Containment
Peter Matte, Division Manager

When thinking of containment solutions, passive curtains and hard wall panels (or active chimney’s) typically come to mind.  Why not concentrate on partial containment or hybrid systems that give you 80% of the benefit for 20% of the cost?

Tuesday, April 30, 10:45–11:45am, Jasmine AB

FM 6.12 Energy/Power/Cooling
War Stories: Experiences Implementing ASHRAE 2011 Specifications
Mark Monroe, CTO and VP
DLB Associates

Data center design and costs have been driven for years by the 2004 ASHRAE-recommended temperature and humidity ranges. Since May 2011, when ASHRAE released updated allowable ranges, designs have begun to adapt to the new reality of higher temperatures. DLB Associates has developed data centers with over 4GW of capacity, using old and new designs. This session will present case studies looking at the impact on capital, performance, and operational characteristics of data centers with varying implementations of the ASHRAE specifications.

Tuesday, April 30, 1:15–2:15pm, Palm A

FM 6.13 Energy/Power/Cooling
Lowering HVAC Power Costs with an Environment Monitoring and CRAC Control System (End-User)
Joseph Furmanski, Associate Director, Data Center Facilities and Technology

UPMC has implemented an Environmental Monitor and CRAC Control System to lower infrastructure power costs in two of its data centers. Each has general open areas, aisle containment areas and a high density areas with both sub-floor and in-row cooling systems. This session will discuss progress as it relates to increasing temperatures to the ASHRAE recommended limits. Additionally, it will review the costs of implementation, financial returns, lessons learned and UPMC’s future plans.

Wednesday, May 1, 11:15am–12:15pm, Banyan CD

FM 6.14 Energy/Power/Cooling
Mother Nature Cools Best (End-User)
Charles Doughty, Vice President
Iron Mountain, Inc.

From an air cooling system pioneered more than 30 years ago to next-generation geothermal cooling techniques that harness the natural 52-degree ambient temperature and a massive underground lake, Iron Mountain’s Underground data centers are realizing ultra-low levels of PUE. In this session, attendees will learn that not all data center locations are created equally and that thinking outside the box (and maybe underground, too) when sitting a data center can lead to operational cost savings, greater power efficiencies, and environmental green benefits like reduced energy consumption.

Thursday, May 2, 9:45–10:45am, Banyan CD

FM 6.15 Energy/Power/Cooling
Achieving Optimal Resource Efficiency and Sustainability: The Green Grid’s Data Center Maturity Model
Jay Taylor, Director of Global Standards, Codes and Environment
Schneider Electric—The Green Grid

In 2012, TGG launched its DCMM Assessment Tool, which allows users to assess their data centers and IT portfolios against the DCMM, get access to a personal DCMM equalizer, and obtain benchmarking results. The web-based tool allows data center owners to enter information about their current and desired state of maturity. Data is then presented in a visual format to highlight progress and investment areas.  The Green Grid has already seen companies succeed in planning and implementation of advanced technologies and best practices by using the DCMM to guide their investments and decision process. This presentation will show how operators from small and medium businesses to large enterprises can take advantage of the increasing base of industry knowledge built into the tool.

Thursday, May 2, 9:45–10:45am, Palm D

FM 7.1 Generator
Gleaning More Information from Gensets
Lee Bolleter, Market Segment Manager

Gensets are frequently not monitored at computing facilities. When building automation or DCIM systems, a small subset of the operational information may be available, but few sites access all possible information from genset testing or operation. This presentation reviews the information available from gensets, how that information is used, why it is important to capture and manage genset information, and provides case studies to illustrate the benefits.

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30–10:30am, Palm C

FM 8.1 Maintenance
How to Make the Most of Your Facility Operations Program
Mike Hagan, Vice President – Enterprise Accounts
Schneider Electric

While companies have become more aware of the impact operations has on their data center reliability, operating expenses, and risk avoidance, they often don’t put enough focus on proper maintenance and care of hardware. In this presentation, the audience will learn: The major components of a successful facility operations program; the top mistakes made in many facility operations plan; and the negative impact neglect can have on your facility operations. By examining the risk profile, operating budget, and the current skill sets, a proper balance can be established within the data center.

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30–10:30am, Palm A

FM 8.2 Maintenance
Water Treatment Issues Facing Data Centers
Robin Herbon, Director of Sales
Fremont Industries, Inc.

Steven Blumke, District Sales Manager
Fremont Industries, Inc.

It’s all about Cooling Efficiency. Microscopic organisms in cooling towers and chilled water systems can create enormous problems for you and your ability to cool critical system components. This session will explore how issues of microbiological growth, biological fouling, corrosion and deposition can adversely affect data center operations. Information will be present in an easy-to-understand format providing attendees a better grasp of how they can effectively manage these challenging problems they face with cooling towers and chilled water systems.

Thursday, May 2, 8:30–9:30am, Palm H

FM 9.1 Suppression
Best Practices for Fire Suppression in the Data Center
Steve Carter, VP of Engineering
Orr Protection

When it comes to fire suppression in the data center, many professionals simply don’t know where to start. This session will provide a roadmap for compliance with best practice standards to ensure the fire suppression system in the data center will perform at the highest level when needed most, and how to choose the best option. Find out which control functions are necessary to achieve maximum protection of the data center. Learn about smoke detection strategies including how to address the challenges of aisle containment and high velocity airflow. You will also come to understand the role of room integrity plays in fire extinguishing systems and techniques for constructing the data center.

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30–10:30am, Palm B

FM 9.2 Suppression
Best Practices in Implementing Fire Suppression Systems
Timothy Carman, Director of Engineering Systems
Tyco International

When deciding on a fire suppression system for a data center, performance and safety are two critical elements to weigh. By providing the right information and best practices, you will learn key elements for selecting a fire suppression system. Attendees will also learn the importance and benefits of a hazard analysis as the first step in laying the foundation for putting the right system in place and well as the variables of price, performance, protection and the most recent rules and regulations including NFPA’s 75 standards.

Thursday, May 2, 9:45–10:45am, Jasmine EF

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