May 2013 - TDS Newsletter AFCOM Data Center World 2013 Wrap-Up

AFCOM Data Center World 2013 Wrap-Up

From Monday, April 29th through Wednesday, May 1st, TDS exhibited in Booth #117 at AFCOM’s DataCenter World conference in Las Vegas. Held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Conference Center, Data Center World positions itself as the premier educational conference and Expo for data center and facilities management professionals. The event draws upon the knowledge and experience of AFCOM members to create a program that focuses on providing real solutions for today’s data center and facilities managers.

The TDS booth in the Expo hall highlighted our range of vendor-independent data center services including data center relocations, assessments, site selection, master planning and technical operations services. New features in TDS TransitionManagerTM were demonstrated a number of times and seemed to strike a chord with many attendees Several TDS Principals were in the booth to answer questions and explore attendees’ data center challenges.

On Monday, prior to the main conference program, some attendees took part in a full-day ‘deep-dive’ into educational tutorials from industry-leading experts. TDS Principal Steve Gunderson spoke as part of the “Colocation Strategies” tutorial; discussing how to choose the best colocation provider for your needs. At the conclusion of his presentation the session organizer dubbed Steve the “Data Center Doctor”, and many participants stopped by the booth to learn even more about their best options for migrating all or part of their data centers to colocation facilities.

Microsoft SQL Server Certifications

Tony Baker and Martin Boeker recently achieved Microsoft MCTS certifications in MS SQL Server. Microsoft provides these certification paths to ensure engineers develop the necessary skills to support their complex products.

Tony Baker, has been working at TDS for the past six years. Tony is a Sr. Systems Engineer providing Windows Engineering, Database, Storage and Virtualization services to our customers.

Martin Boeker has been as a Systems Engineer at TDS for the past two years. Martin specializes in Linux Engineering and Database services. Additionally, Martin deploys and maintains TDS monitoring services for our Managed IT Services clients.

IDGA Data Center Consolidation Summit

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, along with our partner, Chenega Logistics, TDS will be exhibiting at IDGA’s 3rd Annual Data Center Consolidation Summit. The event is being held in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Washington Plaza hotel.
According to the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA);

In 2010, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was implemented across all government departments and armed service branches. Spearheaded by the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the FDCCI intends to close 40% of our nation’s 2900 data centers by 2015, with predicted savings of $3 to 5 billion. The initiative is one of many strategies taken by the federal government in order to increase IT efficiency while lower the cost to the taxpayer and the environment.

Though seemingly achievable on paper, government departments and agencies across the board are facing serious difficulties in meeting FDCCI deadlines. Common problems at this stage are taking accurate inventories of IT equipment, measuring data center power usage and adapting federal data centers to the cultural implications of inter-agency consolidation. TDS and Chenega logistics will be highlighting our combined ability to help federal agencies accelerate their consolidation timelines, together offering a suite of services ranging from data center inventory and assessments to relocations, migrations, and colocation facilities.

DCC 2013 will feature a number of government and industry speakers, including Mr. Bernard Mazer, Co-Chair Federal Data Center Consolidation Task Force, Mr. Dennis Wisnosky Former CTO of the Department of Defense Business Mission Area, and Mr. Peter Fonash, Cyber Security Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

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