Green Computing for the Little Guys: What Can a Fortune 2000 Company Do To Green Their Centralized Computing Resources?

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A typical corporate data center consists of a bunch of 19" racks full of servers. In the past, the main concern that IT departments had was keeping it all cool. But as the cost of power increases, and the amount of heat put out by a typical server grows as well, drastic action may be needed to control the power requirements of a campus-sized server farms.

Data center behemoths like Google and Microsoft now locate their facilities where they can buy cheap power, but that’s usually not an option for the smaller guys. How can a typical Fortune 2000 company go green? Does the cloud really hold all the answers? How about virtualization technologies like VMWare and Xen? Do fewer, more powerful servers make more sense than more lightweight ones?

Our panelists will discuss the ins and outs of making a data center more efficient. What can be done immediately, and how can you plan to build out new facilities in a more carbon (and wallet) friendly fashion?

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James Turner

O'Reilly Media

James Turner, contributing editor for, is a freelance journalist who has written for publications as diverse as the Christian Science Monitor, Processor, Linuxworld Magazine, and WIRED Magazine. In addition to his shorter writing, he has also written two books on Java Web Development (“MySQL & JSP Web Applications” and “Struts: Kick Start”). He is the former Senior Editor of LinuxWorld Magazine and Senior Contributing Editor for Linux Today. He has also spent more than 25 years as a software engineer and system administrator, and currently works as a Senior Software Engineer for a company in the Boston area. His past employers have included the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Xerox AI Systems, Solbourne Computer, Interleaf, the Christian Science Monitor and contracting positions at BBN and Fidelity Investments. He is a committer on the Apache Jakarta Struts project and served as the Struts 1.1B3 release manager. He lives in a 200 year old Colonial farmhouse in Derry, NH along with his wife and son. He is an open water diver and instrument-rated private pilot, as well as an avid science fiction fan.

Bill Weihl

Google, Inc.

Bill Weihl is Green Energy Czar at Google, where he leads efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and also manages the company’s greenhouse-gas footprint. He spearheaded Google’s drive to become carbon neutral, helped found the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and helped create the RE<C initiative to develop renewable energy cheaper than coal. He has extensive business and technical experience in high-tech, including ten years as a professor of Computer Science at MIT, five years as a research scientist at Digital’s Systems Research Center, and five years as Chief Architect and then CTO of Akamai Technologies.

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Jim Oberholtzer

United States Bowling Congress

Jim started his career in 1980 working in positions of increasing responsibility and is now the Vice President – Technology, at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). Recognized by IBM as a Subject Matter Expert in Power Systems, server design, administration, and operations, Jim is a member of the panel of SMEs that create many of the IBM certification tests for the System i. Jim also holds a Masters, Software Engineering from Carroll University in Waukesha Wisconsin.

Allyson Klein

Intel Corporation

Director of Data Center Leadership Marketing at Intel

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Burvil N/A
07/22/2009 10:38am PDT

Although the session was informative and educational, and the speakers knew the topic very well, I would’ve liked at least somewhat more of a structure, e.g. to read and review the presentation notes online.

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