Day 1: Green Data Center Conference, London Cloud computing, site selection and buzz!

From Jan Wiersma, Technical Director, EvoSwitch at GDCON, London

Datacenter discussions have begun, meetings are taking place and there was a cloud computing buzz in the air as the pre-summit workshops took place yesterday at Green Data Center Conference in London. It was a hardcore of industry enthusiasts, including myself, who yesterday attended the first 3 hour workshop of the day, on Cloud 101, with Tim Crawford at All Covered. The content largely resonated with what I have spoken about before on this blog, which is that the hype around cloud computing and virtualisation is now dying out the industry and its clients are getting realistic. In my view, theres a mixed reaction among datacenter companies. Some are worried about the effect on traditional colocation services, while others see it as an opportunity to provide additional services in provisioning for the cloud. Either way you look at it, the market is definitely moving!

At GDC Con London, getting together with experts across the industry to discuss all sorts of topics affecting the industry is one of the real benefits of the show. We were talking a lot about datacenter locations, with Finland and Iceland both investing for datacenter expansion in the regions. As part of my responsibilities with the Green Grid, Im currently involved in putting together a site selection map which will illustrate the hot spots for the best places to locate your next data center. There are multiple layers to this, such as natural disasters (volcano eruptions!), as well as the usual criteria such as power provision and connectivity.

Today Im looking forward to the conference atmosphere and hope to get along to many of the conference sessions, especially hearing from Ken Baker at Hewlett-Packard on The Role of Energy and Sustainability Management, and Frederik Van Hecke at CLUTTR about The Case for Power-Aware Workload Scheduling and Resource Allocation. It will be a busy day, which I hope will provide us all with lots of food for thought.

If youre at the show and want to meet up, get in touch with me at or tweet us on Twitter at @EvoSwitch, remembering to include the #GDCON hashtag. Hope to see you at the conference.

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