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Uptime Institute EMEA Network Conference

Over the 19th to the 21st of March the Uptime Institute held an EMEA Network Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The purpose of the regional Network Conferences is to provide an environment for data centre owners, operators, designers and builders to share their knowledge and experiences.

Previous conferences have shown that this environment fosters new ideas and develops the best practices of the future.

There have been a number of presentations and discussion groups covering topics ranging from the current skills shortage in the sector to cooling solutions and operational best practice. Most seminar sessions take the form of case studies and are delivered by the owner operators themselves, giving the event a very practical perspective. Delegates can think about how the solutions and operational practices can be applied to their own facilities and what positive impact they may have. An informal networking period is provided at the end of each day allowing delegates to discuss the day’s topics and speak one to one with the presenters.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Cap Gemini talking about the GEIT Award winning Merlin data centre and its direct fresh air free cooling system.
  • Digiplex and the company’s award winning indirect fresh air free cooling solution in its most recent development.
  • James Wilman from Future-tech presenting four case studies including a 500kW retro fit direct fresh air free cooling system, the University of St Andrews CEEDA Gold accredited free cooling water cooled DX system, Trinity College Dublin’s direct rear door cooling system and a live project currently in progress that aims to provide a completely compressors free facility that uses a water based cooling system.
  • Andrew Steven from CNet chairing a panel discussion focussed on the current skills shortage being experienced by the data centre sector.
  • Pitt Turner from the Uptime Institute providing a review of critical maintenance practices and their impact on facility availability.
  • Steve Carter from the Uptime Institute and the organisations Digital Infrastructure Maturity Model.

Other speakers also included Dr Rob Tozer, Phil Collerton, Sylvie Le Roy, Eric Maddison, Martin Bradley and Andy Lawrrence.

Wednesday’s sessions opened with a tour of e-shelter’s impressive Frankfurt data centre.

For further information on the Uptime Institute, becoming a member and events it holds visit theUptime Institute website.