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Director of Engineering, Digital Realty Trust
Kevin Dalton is Director of Engineering at Digital Realty Trust, the world’s largest wholesale datacenter provider with more than 90 properties in 27 markets across North America and Europe containing nearly 15 million square feet of rentable datacenter space. Dalton has been with Digital Realty Trust for four years and leads the team of engineers that is responsible for working with customers to assess their technical needs and guide them in selecting appropriate datacenter solutions. In his role as Director of Engineering, Dalton also plays an important role in the design and delivery of Digital Realty Trust’s datacenter products, including Turn-Key Datacenters®, Build-to-Suit Datacenters and POD Architecture Services®. Prior to joining Digital Realty Trust, Dalton spent ten years at MGE as a large systems manager focusing on enterprise datacenter applications. In the ten years preceding his joining MGE, Dalton worked with McClier Corp consulting in Chicago as a Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Manager. Dalton earned a BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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.