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Analyst Infrastructure & Operations, Forrester Research
Doug serves IT Infrastructure & Operations professionals, primarily focusing on green IT, green business, and IT leadership skills. His research helps IT executives successfully approach green IT, determine strategy, and then move from green IT awareness to action. Previously at Forrester, Doug was the global council manager and senior advisor for the Forrester Leadership Boards IT Infrastructure & Operations Council, a best practice community for senior IT executives in $1 billion-plus organizations. In this role, Doug regularly advised clients on Green IT strategy and practices. Additionally, Doug was also an advisor on the Forrester Leadership Boards Enterprise Architecture Council. Prior to Forrester, Doug was a VP of strategy and business development for Red Oxygen, a wireless communications startup, and living and working in Australia and France. In addition, Doug co-created CU Networks, a computer networking and servicing startup serving the students of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Doug holds a B.S. in finance from University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded the Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Excellence.
Green IT is on the rise to cut costs, mitigate risks and even grow revenues. Despite the challenging economy of 2010, Forrester finds that 45% of IT organizations globally are implementing or creating a green IT strategy, with an additional 34% considering it. So why should you consider green IT if you haven’t already? Should you start inside the data center or outside? What should you improve if green IT is already underway? And how do you prioritize green IT projects and secure budget? To answer these questions, this session will define green IT, track its trajectory, and review best practices from leading organizations who have successfully greened their IT to deliver financial results.
Virtualization is causing the convergence of server, storage, and network platforms. At the same time, fewer CAPEX dollars coupled with rising energy costs is promoting data center managers to incorporate energy efficient and highly utilized IT equipment in the data center. This session will help data center managers understand virtualization’s role in convergence and plan for a more efficient and highly utilized server, storage and network environment.
Organizations are increasingly looking for opportunities to save energy outside of their data center. Why? According to Forrester Research, more energy may be consumed by distributed IT assets outside of the data center – like PCs and monitors – than within it. To reduce energy consumption and other environmental impacts of the PC environment, organizations can not only source more energy efficient PCs, such as thin clients, but then power down PCs at nights and over weekends when they’re not being used. This session will help IT professionals understand the tactics used to green their PC environment for cost savings, estimate the extent of these savings.
It’s safe to say that any data center manager worth his or her salt will be familiar with the four level data center tiering system popularized by The Uptime Institute. But how much weight should the data center tiering system really carry when designing a new facility? Or when you’re evaluating a data center colocation or outsourcing partner? And is tiered data center really more reliable and efficient than one without a tier classification? To answer these questions, this session will evaluate data center tier standards and classifications, the pros and cons of them, and alternatives to existing standards that data center managers should consider.