Data center seminar covers design, airflow, power distribution

March 26, 2012
Hosted by Chatsworth Products, the one-day seminar includes experts from five companies and is good for BICSI and as well as AIA education credits.

The Data Center Power and Cooling Efficiency Seminar, hosted by Chatsworth Products Inc. (CPI), will visit seven U.S. cities and will provide attendees with up to eight continuing education credits (CECs) for certain BICSI professional designations and six educational credits for professional credentials offered by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

CPI says the one-day seminar gives attendees the tools needed to reduce cooling costs, manage airflow and deploy power for mission-critical systems. CPI's global technology manager Ian Seaton said, "Energy required to cool the data center has traditionally constituted 30 to 50 percent of the entire data center energy budget. It is the single largest controllable operating expense." The seminar's content will be delivered by experts from CPI and from Shen Milson & Wilke, LLC, Innovative Research, Stulz-ATS and Universal Electric. Seminar topics will include the following.

  • Data center design - Socio-political context
  • Redundancy and deadly single points of failure
  • Optimizing cooling-energy consumption in new and existing data centers
  • Using airflow simulation to meet cooling challenges
  • The economics of airflow management
  • Benefits of overhead power distribution in mission-critical applications
  • Intelligent power distribution in the data center
  • 380V DC power for data centers - an engineering perspective

Seaton added, "The different participating companies have previously collaborated on data center projects and can speak to integrated systems that are known to be interoperable. Furthermore, since we are representing different companies, we will not absolutely agree on everything, so you do have the opportunity to hear some alternate perspectives that you would not necessarily hear during sales calls or meetings hosted by a single vendor.

"We have had a third party screen the information and determine that it has sound educational value and relevance to the industry," Seaton also said.

The seminar schedule is as follows.

  • April 10 - St. Louis, MO
  • April 12 - Houston, TX
  • June 14 - Minneapolis, MN
  • September 25 - Philadelphia, PA
  • September 27 - Raleigh, NC
  • October 23 - Northern CA (exact location TBD)
  • October 25 - San Diego, CA

CPI says additional dates for a separate Canadian seminar series will be announced in May.

You can visit this page for registration details as well as more-in-depth descriptions of the topic to be covered.

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