Companies attending the conference included: Apple, and Visa, AEP, AT&T, C.H. Robinson, Capital One, Dell, DuPont Fabros, Fidelity Investments, Freddie Mac, Gamestop, HP, Intel, Liberty Mutual, Oracle, Raytheon, Thrivent Financial, Timken, UPS, and Wal-Mart. Organisations represented coming from all sectors of business including service, manufacturing, education, government, finance & banking, healthcare, retail, energy, insurance, automotive, and more!
Mike was privileged to be hosted for a site tour with RagingWire and one of their Data Centers, while also having the opportunity to discuss the Data Center investment attraction, regional planning and industry collaboration models with Loudon County officials and the primary energy provider for the region (with an estimated load on the power grid exceeding 600MW, and growing).
The learnings and investment attraction approach demonstrated by the area could be of great value to a committed region in Australia with a technology focus. Similarly the minimum site requirements, pre-conditions and engagement models evident in the U.S. could readily be adapted here.
Mike presented a 2-hr workshop on the recently released Size & Density WhitePaper, which was authored by Strategic Directions in collaboration with the Data Center Institute (USA), of which he Mike is a current Board Member. The presentation covered global data centre growth & associated investment and regional planning implications.
A copy of the Whitepaper is available for download here.