The greatest ideas – the most impactful innovations – come from recognizing an opportunity and then trying new approaches.  As I look forward to the Data Center World Global meeting to be held in Los Angeles, I think about what drives inspiration and innovation.  For the film industry, technological enhancements added sound, color and new realities to film.  Hollywood may have made stars, but the stars were illuminated by teams of engineers and technological crafts people.  As we look forward to where the new ideas and advancements will come in managing IT infrastructure, it is imperative that technical teams gather together to define the opportunities and then charge forward with great ambition to develop amazing solutions.

Similarly, building and managing the data center of the future involves solving today’s colocation challenges. That’s why it’s so important for data center professionals to gather and discuss issues and trends affecting the industry. CenturyLink will be joining over 1,000 data center professionals this week at Data Center World Global, April 3-6 in Los Angeles, California. The theme of this year’s conference is “Data, Automation, Scale: Building and Managing the Data Center of the Future.” It’s designed to focus on pressures IT infrastructure professionals are facing from the C-suite including the need for increased efficiency, added resiliency and expanded agility with enhanced security.

Located at Booth #1103, representatives from CenturyLink will demonstrate for attendees how to unleash the power of colocation with 100 percent uptime through a global fleet of 52 data centers that have achieved Uptime Institute’s Management and Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval. In addition, we’ll share some best practices for colocation and offer easy-to-implement strategies on data center cooling through a focus on hot and cold air containment, ASHRAE set points, temperature monitoring and balancing air temperature, flow volume and fan speed for optimal cooling.  Our own Kelly Sullivan, VP of Global Data Center Operations will be on hand to present best practices for colocation and cooling in the data center.  In addition, Cindy Joos, Director of Data Center Operations will be on a panel providing perspectives on future data center staffing needs and the role women can take in the fast growing business.

Please stop and visit the CenturyLink booth if you plan on attending Data Center World Global. If you’re not coming to the conference but would like information on finding a colocation provider that exemplifies operation excellence, please view our technical brief titled, “Data Center Management Best Practices: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection.”

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