MicroTech CTO Speaks at 21st Century Data Center Symposium

Thu, 2013-05-30 11:04 -- nitrous

Dr. Roger Channing, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Data Center Solutions at MicroTech, addressed a large audience at the Cityplace Conference Center in Dallas, Texas yesterday morning. He was a panelist at the fourth annual 21st Century Data Center Symposium, an event focused on the Changing Landscape of Data Center Design.

With companies reaching for the clouds, Channing advocated for alternative solutions to modular data centers. He explained how versatile MicroPodd solutions can be. He said, "They can be used for augmenting data centers out of HVAC, power and space, for consolidating or relocating data centers, and for ultimately helping the transformation of data center legacy environments into cloud solutions."

Channing said that a modular Podd approach can reduce both upfront  Capital Investment (CAPX) and overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through its Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

PUE is a metric for measuring how effectively a data center uses its power. The ideal PUE number is 1.0, which many if not most data centers never reach. They usually get around 2.0. The MicroPodd Modular Ice Cube Air solution, with additional green efficiency tweaks, can reach 1.06 PUE, Channing said.

As head of MicroTech's Innovation and Integration Center (I2C), Channing brings emerging modular technologies to market. He used this experience to discuss how private/hybrid clouds can be delivered to small and medium businesses by using a MicroKloud solution.

Channing has over 35 years of military and government experience in executive leadership, consulting for various organizations including the Office of the Vice President, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Congress, PA State Universities, and Joint Staff among others. He also has experience in business transformation, teaching, and IT management.

Scot Blessington, Fidelity Real Estate Company; Charlie Dick, Environmental Air Systems, LLC; and Jeff Mason, DPR Construction, joined Channing to discuss several alternative approaches to the Modular Data. The session was moderated by Bo Bond from Jones Lang LaSalle.