DegreeC launches AdaptivCool East Coast seminar tour

March 12, 2007
March 12, 2007 -- Aimed at facilities managers, energy teams, IT personnel and other professionals, the seminars focus on reducing the costs associated with data center cooling.

March 12, 2007 -- Degree Controls, Inc. (DegreeC) announced the launch of its East Coast seminar tour for the company's AdaptivCool business. According to the company, the free seminars are designed to show facilities managers and multi-functional energy teams five ways to reduce data center cooling costs.

At the sessions, participants will learn best practices for reducing data center cooling-energy costs. Topics covered will include reducing over-cooling, directing airflow properly, managing humidity levels, increasing server density and the benefits of server virtualization, and low-cost changes in humidity and site architecture. The seminars place special attention on increasing cooperation between Facilities and IT managers.

In addition to DegreeC's engineers, three guest speakers will provide participants with an overview of additional ways to conserve energy and cut cooling costs in the data center. The guest speakers include:

Dennis Callaghan, analyst, enterprise software, The 451 Group, will discuss virtualization from the perspectives of process, people, and energy impact.

Joe Soroka of Total Site Solutions will explain how coordinating facilities and IT teams can result in data center reliability, maintainability, availability and cost efficiency.

Steve Spinazzola, VP and director of engineering for RTKL, will present a case study on building RTKL's first LEED - certified data center.

The schedule for the seminar tour is as follows:

March 15
Waltham, MA
Westin Hotel
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

April 19
Hartford, CT
Hartford Marriott Downtown
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

May 17
New York City
Location: TBA
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

June 14
Baltimore, MD
Location: TBA
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

September 20
Princeton, NJ
Location: TBA
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

In 2006, DegreeC released its AdaptivCool, a sense-and-control system for boosting cooling efficiency in data centers. The company contends that the system can reduce the data center cooling energy costs at problem data centers by up to 40%, and at most other data centers by 20%.

In operation, the network of AdaptivCool sensors detects where cooling is needed most, prompting AdaptivCool air movers in the data-center's floor and ceiling to redirect airflow to solve the problem immediately.

DegreeC says it developed the system to counteract the forces that increase data center cooling energy costs. According to the company, over the past two decades, computers have become much more powerful and much smaller, so data centers struggle with dramatically higher heat densities. At the same time the price of electricity has risen, but computers' processing performance per kilowatt of electricity has remained constant. The result, contend the company, is that data centers are much more expensive to run, and many are overheating as well.

"Whenever I travel to data centers and conferences across the country, I hear facilities managers talk about their need to reduce the cost of data-center cooling. We have solutions. We arranged this tour to reach those facilities managers with a forum to discuss best practices," comments Walter Phelps, AdaptivCool's data center product manager.

"The financial rewards are substantial for multi-functional energy teams that search for ways to save money in data centers," adds Mike Hruby, an AdaptivCool executive. "For most large and mid-sized corporations the data center is the last frontier for major energy savings at low investment. AdaptivCool's seminar series gives facilities and IT people the tools and common understanding to work together to get the financial results corporations need without hindering data center operations in any way."

For registration and additional information on the seminars, go to

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