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Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 to Focus on Digital Infrastructure Convergence

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Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, announced on Friday it will hold the seventh annual Uptime Institute Symposium on May 14 to 17 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with a theme of Digital Infrastructure Convergence.

Though the conference is primarily aimed at senior data center industry thought leaders, innovators and practitioners, there will certainly be many representatives from hosting companies in attendance as they look to optimize their data centers to deploy hosting and cloud services.

Attendees at Symposium 2012 will discuss strategies and best practices for enhancing strategic planning and communication between IT and facilities management, while addressing challenges and how they will affect the evolution of the data center.

Symposium will feature over 120 presentations and sessions across four days led by industry experts and analysts from Uptime Institute and 451 Research with participation from innovative enterprises and organizations in the global data center marketplace.

This year’s theme is Digital Infrastructure Convergence, a call-to-action for IT and facilities management to take a complete 360 degree view of their assets, from virtual, through IT down to the physical infrastructure, while increasing the effectiveness of their strategic planning and communication.

According to the Uptime Institute, digital infrastructure is the entirety of assets and expertise that deliver information services to the end user.

In order to meet business objectives at the application layer, many IT organizations must employ multiple enterprise data centers, outsourced data center providers, and private, public and hybrid clouds.

The fundamental requirement today is to be able to manage computing and storage capacity wherever it resides – seamlessly, automatically, and securely.

“This year’s Uptime Institute Symposium comes at a critical juncture for the data center industry,” said Symposium 2012 program director Matt Stansberry. “We are in the midst of a Digital Infrastructure Convergence whereby IT and Facilities Management must develop and adopt a common language, shared metrics and meaningful key performance indicators in order to meet the rapidly evolving computing demands of businesses. This convergence will be evident at Symposium 2012 as we come together to discuss and evaluate the future dynamics of the data center industry, including hot-topic issues such as modular data centers.”

For the first time, this year’s Symposium will feature a unique Modular Data Center Campus within the Santa Clara Convention Center where visitors will be able to walk through the modular data center designs and make side-by-side comparisons to develop a better understanding of their pros and cons.

Guided, in-depth tours and expert briefings on the modular data center units will be offered from data center providers Active Power, Digital Realty, IO and Schneider Electric.

Data center services provider Consonus Technologies hosted the Spring 2010 Site Uptime Network Conference organized by The Uptime Institute’s Site Uptime Network.

Talk Back: Are you planning on attending the Uptime Institute Symposium? What do you hope to get out of the conference? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Justin Lee has been a staff analyst with theWHIR since 2004. He writes about a range of web hosting and IT-related issues facing the industry on the WHIR website, as well the print version of the WHIR magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_theWHIR.

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