Data Center Events: DesignCon, SQL Business Intelligence, Monitoring MongoDB with MMS, more

Our data center events roundup provides a weekly update on the most exciting events, demos, meetups, and other gatherings from around the world. Don’t miss out!

DesignCon 2012
January 30 – February 2
Santa Clara, CADesignCon is where chipheads connect. This conference is devoted to both inspiration as well as deep-dive exploration of the technologies and techniques designers can apply toward the next generation of electronic devices and systems.

Greenplum Unified Analytics platform and Hadoop
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 5:30 PM
Herzliya, Israel

Join Ronaldo Ama (VP R&D, Greenplum / Data Computing Division at EMC) for an evening focused on the Greenplum Unified Analytics platform. Topics of discussion will be Greenplum Unified Analytics platform for the Data Science Team, Greenplum Chorus and Greenplum Analytics Workbench. Greenplum is building 1000 Node Hadoop cluster for the community, starta-ups and Academics, which Israeli companies can use to test their code and project for free.
Gathering starts at 18:00 and Q&A begins at 19:00.

Digital Health Communications & Mobile Strategies – the Millennial Generation
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 5:30 PM
Arlington, VA

MobiHealth is teaming up with the EnGauge Digital Health organization to tackle the topic of how to develop effective multi channel digital experiences that engage the millennial generation and deliver results. While a focus for the overall event will remain on mobile, our presenters will share their experiences using all channels and discuss lessons learned and challenges faced when trying to engage with these digital natives.
Networking and innovation showcase starts at 5:30 pm, presentations at 6:30pm, interactive breakout sessions at 7:15pm, and additional networking at 8:15pm.

Discuss Puppet and raise pints
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:00 PM
Seattle, WA (Brouwer’s Cafe, 400 North 35th St.)

Puppet Data Center Automation Solution helps you save time, gain visibility into your server environment, and ensure consistency across your IT infrastructure. Meet other Puppet users in Seattle in a relaxed pub setting.

San Diego SQL Business Intelligence Group Meeting
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6:00 PM
San Diego, CA (New Horizons Computer Learning, 7480 Miramar Rd # 202)

Join the San Diego SQL Business Intelligence Group for a presentation, pizza, and networking. This session will cover coming enhancements in SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, PowerPivot, Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM), and Project Crescent. You will see the demo for the new Project Crescent ad-hoc analysis tool, including the capabilities within the new BISM. There are also some nice visual enhancements coming into PowerPivot that you will not want to miss.

Cloud Beers – The Great Beginning [ep1]
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 5:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY (359 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY)

Monitoring MongoDB with MMS and more
Monday, February 6, 2012, 6:30 PM
Cambridge, MA (Dogpatch Labs, 1 Cambridge Center, 6th Floor)

This meetup will focus on real demos of open-source and hosted tools for monitoring MongoDB. Get a chance to see these tools first hand and ask questions. Jeff Yemin from 10gen will show how to monitor MongoDB using their free, cloud-based monitoring and alerting solution called MongoDB Monitoring Service (MMS).

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CoSentry to Build $31.6M Data Center in Kansas City Area

Data center, cloud computing and managed services provider CoSentry plans to open a $31.6 million data center in the Greater Kansas City Area, where it will benefit from low costs and a favorable business climate.

According to CoSentry’s announcement, it chose Lenexa, Kan., out of 21 markets, where it is expected to create more than 60 jobs. CoSentry said it will purchase 57,517 square foot at 14500 West 105th Street in Lenexa, and begin construction next month.

“CoSentry performed an extensive market analysis prior to selecting the Kansas City area for our newest data center,” said Doug West, VP and GM of CoSentry’s south region. “We considered factors including business climate, incentives, and power costs.We started with 21 markets, and the Kansas City area ultimately rose to the top after a two-year evaluation process.”

The Kansas City region is home to more than 300 companies in the technology and IT industry, employing more than 65,000, and it ranks among the nation’s top three for IT workforce availability.

Kansas City is a focal point both for long-haul fiber and transcontinental fiber networks, and is home to Sprint’s world headquarters and major AT&T regional facilities. It’s also the first city in the world to receive Google Fiber.

Earlier this month, CoSentry completed the construction of its high-performance, PCI-certified cloud, the CoSentry Metro Cloud. The CoSentry Metro Cloud combines CoSentry’s platform integrates with a fiber build by CenturyLink, and provides robust local access links, Web and application servers, storage and backup services, Internet access and 24-hour help desk support.

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LOROM Introduces New High Speed Data Center Cables for Better Signal Integrity

An often overlooked component in data centers, cabling can contribute significantly to the production of heat and loss in signal integrity. Cable, wire harness, and printed circuit board assembly manufacturer LOROM is addressing this shortcoming with three new data center cable solutions it says will provide industry leading high-speed data center cabling.Continue Reading …

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Brad Gray Promoted to Principal of Integrated Design Group

Data center architecture, engineering and planning firm Integrated Design Group has named Bradley Gray a company principal.

Certified as a LEED Green Associate, Gray has been instrumental in growing key accounts and overseeing all business activities within the Dallas office. According to IDG’s announcement this week, Gray has been promoted to principal of IDG.

“Brad has helped to shape the direction of our firm, and perhaps most importantly to grow the Dallas office, in more ways than we could have asked,” said Tony Asfour, one of the firm’s founding principals. “Overseeing the operations of a new office is no small task. Brad has recruited a top-notch regional staff, enlivened the office with the Integrated Design Group spirit and expanded our presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And he has done so without interrupting the excellent service he’s been giving his clients who, for years, have trusted him with their projects.”

As the data center market expands, Gray continues to play a key role in driving Integrated Design Group’s business both nationally and abroad. He is currently overseeing the design effort for a number of Digital Realty Trust projects, including 900 Quality Way in Dallas, and other new projects for clients in Mexico and the Middle East.

Gray helped make Dallas the official host city of the 21st Century Data Center Symposium, a one-day data center design conference hosted by IDG that drew in more than 150 data center professionals in 2011.

This year’s event has been moved to Cityplace Conference Center in Dallas to accommodate an even larger audience on April 26, 2012.

Gray’s promotion is in a number of IDG staffing announcements. In November, IDG added nine members to its Boston headquarters and Dallas office in the architectural, engineering and marketing groups.

IDG new hire Chris Mahoney wrote about the congenial atmosphere of the company in a recent blog post. “[T]here really is a unique atmosphere here at Integrated Design Group and a true ‘integrated’ feeling that is refreshing,” Mahoney writes. “Rather than waiting weeks for a coordination meeting with the architect or the latest backgrounds to be updated, there is collaboration taking place every day. This not only saves time but leads to a better overall design solution.”

Gray may have risen in the ranks, but, according to what we know about the company’s culture, we suspect that he’ll still be collaborating with the team.

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Interview: Vincent Byrne, Data Center Design and Efficiency Specialist

Based in Dublin, Vincent Byrne is a data center design, efficiency and CFD modelling specialist who has worked on projects across Europe the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. He specializes in the design of fresh air cooled data centers through the use of CFD software to improve the performance of the internal and external airflow distribution.

Over the past 15 years, Byrne has worked as a data center and engineering design consultant , particularly in the design and optimization of highly efficient data centers. His company, Vincent Byrne Consulting, where he is managing director, offers full design and management, auditing and certification and CFD modelling of highly efficient data centers.

In this Q&A interview, Byrne explains some of the biggest flaws in data center design today, the appeal of In Row or In Rack cooling, and even counts down his top cooling accessories and data center measuring tools.Continue Reading …

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Data Center Events: Network-Building in the Big Data Deluge, Database Month, more

Our data center events roundup provides a weekly update on the most exciting events, demos, meetups, and other gatherings from around the world. Don’t miss out!Continue Reading …

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Data Center Job Postings: Critical Facility Engineer, Principal Architect, Cabling Technician, more

Looking for a position within the data center industry? We bring you a handful of exciting job opportunities for you to browse in our data center jobs post. Have your resume ready!Continue Reading …

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Trending Topic: ASHRAE Pushes Data Center Economizers

The major industry association for heating and cooling professionals, ASHRAE, has been championing the use of air-side economizers in the removal of data center heat. ASHRAE, an organization with the lofty mandate of advancing the fields of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world, has recently updated its data center efficiency guidelines to mandate the use of economizers whenever and wherever possible.

This has gotten people talking on the forum.

Despite the advantages such as the lower energy consumption, and the lower temperatures that can be easier on hardware, economizers seem to have the biggest impact in cooler climates. Of course, hotter climates naturally pose bigger challenges to data center cooling, and economizers may not be as suitable. In fact, a number of executives from organizations like Google, Microsoft, and Digital Realty Trust don’t want one method of cooling to be favored or another so long as it achieves results.

So, this begs the question: if economizers aren’t effective in hot climates, then what alternatives exist? Join the discussion on the Data Center Talk Forum.

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RagingWire’s New Sacramento Data Center Achieves Green Certification

Featuring numerous design innovations and green construction techniques for energy and material efficiency, RagingWire Data Centers’ second Sacramento, California, data center has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.
The newly LEED-certified CA2 data center features 250,000 square feet of high power density data center capacity designed for the highest levels of reliability and redundancy.

According to RagingWire’s Wednesday announcement, its CA2 facility demonstrates RagingWire’s commitment to greater efficiency in energy, lighting and water use, as well as the use of recycled and reused materials during the construction process.

“We are delighted to achieve LEED Gold certification at our new CA2 data center on our Sacramento campus,” RagingWire president and CEO Yatish Mishra said in a statement. “We had an extraordinary project team working hard to ensure that we would have a green facility that reduces energy consumption and environmental impacts while providing outstanding reliability to our customers.”

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the USGBC in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

“RagingWire’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said USGBC president, CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and RagingWire serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish in the industry.”

The USGBC’s green building ranking system has been a popular metric for the data center industry. For instance, last week, it was announced that the National Petascale Computing Facility, a high performance data center at the University of Illinois, had earned LEED Gold certification, validating its design based largely around liquid cooling.

In contrast, RagingWire’s facility tries to minimize water usage, providing that there are different ways to achieve green results.

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Menlo Equities Buys 420,000 Square-Foot Warehouse and Data Center for $47m

Commercial real estate company Menlo Equities has bought the Irvine Crossings project, a 420,000 square-foot industrial warehouse and data center in California’s Orange County for $47 million, in what could be the area’s largest consideration of 2011.

According to a Monday announcement from Orange County real estate firm Voit, Menlo bought the industrial site and the 21.7 acres where it is situated at 17871 Von Karman Ave. and 17836 Gillette Ave., Irvine, Calif.

Voit represented the seller Irvine Crossings LLC as well as buyer Menlo Equities in the transaction.

“The Voit team was tasked with identifying a buyer who was in the market for a high-quality investment property,” said Volt representative Trent Walker in a statement. “Irvine Crossings was a value-add deal in a great location. The in-place industrial rents were low, and there is the ability to expand the data center, making this a stable investment with upside potential.”

Menlo Equities, is a commercial real estate company that specializes in the acquisition and development of high-profile office, R&D, and engineering commercial real estate. Its portfolio includes more than 30 commercial properties in Northern and Southern California.

The building is currently 100 percent occupied by Savvis, a data center, and 3PL, a third-party logistics company.

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