Data Center World To Draw Industry Leaders

Gathering more than 700 data center professionals, the Data Center World 2009 ( conference, organized by data center industry organization AFCOM (, officially opens this Sunday, March 8 in Las Vegas and runs until March 12.

According to AFCOM's Friday announcement, the DCW09 conference at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center will feature more than 75 educational sessions on a variety of topics including greening the data center, security, virtualization, cloud computing, and cost savings, which seems especially pertinent during the current economic malaise. A full schedule of sessions is available on the DCW09 website. The event will also feature more than 225 exhibitors, virtual data center tours, and a keynote by Sun Microsystems ( chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos.

"We've strived to make this year's bi-annual Data Center World in Las Vegas a worthwhile networking and educational event for attendees, exhibitors, the media and industry analysts alike," AFCOM chief executive officer Jill Eckhaus said in a statement. "We were focused in our efforts to bring together the very top industry leaders, to provide data center professionals (who manage the lifeline of their companies) with the most current networking, training and educational programs available. Ultimately, our mission is to arm these professionals with the knowledge and tools to run the most efficient data centers at their companies."

Papadopoulos' keynote speech on Tuesday morning will address the ever-changing landscape of the IT infrastructure and the ever-present challenge of trying to create a stable and standardized infrastructure amidst a myriad of hardware and software architectures. He will be examining how virtualization, cloud computing, open source software and other new or nontraditional IT technologies are helping solve this data center problem.

Earlier in the week, data center operator Equinix ( announced it will present a virtual tour of its International Business Exchange data centers at DCW09. Also this week, data center holding company Fortress International Group ( announced it would debut its enhanced services and consulting offerings for energy and green solutions, capital management solutions, real estate consulting and IT optimization services at the Las Vegas conference.

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