Recently I told you about the CIO Forum that we just co-hosted with Dell – as a venue for discussing the challenges that CIOs face in improving the efficiency of data centers, particularly with regard to energy efficiency. Here’s a quick rundown of the Aug. 18 event that attracted more than 175 attendees, representing 128 companies.
After a welcome address from our CEO Charlie Bae, my presentation over lunch covered disruptive green memory technologies (Green DDR3 and SSDs pioneered by Samsung) and the need for a holistic approach to power-savings in the data center. But let me fill you in on the great line-up of speakers:
Lorie Wigle, GM of Eco-Technology at Intel and President of Climate Savers Computing shared compelling views on energy efficiency. In her presentation, she underscored that 2% of global CO2 emissions come from IT and communications equipment. Check out her presentation, “54 Million Tons.”
In his a superb presentation on “Powering the World’s Servers and Clouds,” Mike Neil from Microsoft revealed some great tips on optimizing business particularly with regards to energy efficiency. At Microsoft, data centers cost over $100 million but innovation is at the core of the IT team’s focus, where the company’s data centers are measured in football fields and megawatts!
Steve shared his views on alternative energy and clean tech industries, the role of entrepreneurship and risk-taking in innovation, and the sweet spot for green IT. Attendees were energized by his remarks on how California is leading the way with tougher pollution standards for vehicles and through its nurturing of clean tech start-ups. I like how Steve challenged CIOs and other attendees to take what they learned at our CIO Forum and apply it to their ongoing efforts to reduce energy consumption. For more on Steve’s keynote presentation, you might want to check out a podcast interview of Steve by Robert Scoble.
Would love to hear your reactions to the event and additional insights on challenges that CIOs have to tackle!