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AFCOM and the TAG Infrastructure Society Present Where IT & Facilities Interconnect: Bridging the Gap Between Facilities and IT


AFCOM and the TAG Infrastructure Society have gathered an expert panel to review new technology and its impact on operational expenses in the datacenter environment. The event, scheduled May 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Villa Christina, is open to the public.

Atlanta, GA, May 20, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The explosive growth of cloud computing and the increasing need for greater amounts of data storage places datacenter networks at the core of today’s global economy, while demand for cost efficiencies has become the driving force for its next evolution. In response, AFCOM and the TAG Infrastructure Society have gathered an expert panel to review new technology and its impact on operational expenses in the datacenter environment. The event, scheduled May 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Villa Christina, is open to the public. To register, visit https://s08.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1521974182300&P=15219741911426256500&Info .

“We see some very significant changes in data centers and IT occurring,” said Amy Spellmann, Global Practice Principal at the 451 Group. “The biggest changes are in the implementation of cloud computing and the cost of power.”

Spellmann, who has worked with hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, will draw on 20 years of experience in IT capacity planning and performance engineering, when she keynotes the May 22 presentation along with Marco Kuysten, global IT and communications expert and Vice President of Consulting at Advocate Consulting. Spellman and Kuysten will be joined by a panel of experts from Nokia, HP, Internap, QTS and Elavon.

Al Edwards, Head of Global Data Center Operations at Nokia, brings 20 years of data center management and IT experience to the discussion, while fellow panelist Mike Fallos, U.S. Strategy Leader for HP Critical Services, offers 27 years of involvement in data center operations. Panelist Mike Higgins, Senior VP of Data Center Services at Internap, will draw from his background as head of product management, business development, data center services design and site selection. Chris Kenyon, Former EVP and CIO of Elavon, offers many years of progressive experience in application development, systems operations, security, infrastructure and data management, and Tom Mertz, EVP of QTS will offer insights gained from his management of the delivery of customized private solutions for QTS clients.

“There are so many changes going on with technology today,” said HP’s Hallie Middlebrooks, AFCOM Atlanta Chapter spokesperson, “and data center managers come to AFCOM to learn about them from both their professional peers and the subject matter experts from our vendor members. Heating and cooling are huge expenses when it comes to data centers; however, technologies such as virtualization/cloud and new computing paradigms, such as hyperscale computing environments, can drastically reduce power consumption, offering a reduction in OPEX, which directly impacts a company’s bottom line.”

Seating is limited to 150 so attendees are encouraged to register. Follow the conversation on Twitter through @TAG_INF.

About AFCOM
AFCOM, the leading association of data center and facilities management professionals, is a dynamic community providing a forum for discussion, learning and problem-solving. With thousands of members worldwide, you will find no better place to build relationships with your peers. For more than 30 years AFCOM has compiled an innovative and comprehensive portfolio of resources for the data center industry. From educational conferences and an extensive local chapter program to in-depth publications and research tools – AFCOM provides the means to empower you and your data center. For more information visit: http://www.afcom.com.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 19,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 32 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org.

About TAG Infrastructure
The TAG Infrastructure Society’s mission is to become the expert resource for companies interested in locating their business within the state of Georgia. We believe that maintaining a comprehensive technology report on Georgia's road, power, water, real-estate and fiber infrastructure, along with the services enabled by these resources, makes Georgia the logical choice for the next high-tech industry destination. For more information visit: http://www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/infrastructure/.
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Technology Association of Georgia Infrastructure Society
Pat Mahony
770-842-3274
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http://www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/infrastructure/

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