Creating the Next-Generation Data Center

November 13, 2013

WASHINGTON (November 13, 2013) - Growing calls for budget austerity and enhanced energy conservation in government have come together to create new opportunities for next-generation ICT technologies that can increase overall efficiency, decrease costs and reduce energy use in government operations. A key component of this new frontier is the next-generation data center, but operational and policy reforms are required to fully realize the potential of the technology for government and tax payers.

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), and the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC) are convening a panel of leading industry and academic experts to discuss the nature and importance of next-generation data center technologies, the role government can play as an early adopter and the policy framework needed to make this a reality. "Next-Gen Data Centers: Bringing Energy Efficiency to Government" will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Wednesday, Nov. 20 on Capitol Hill, Cannon House Office Building, Room 122.

The event will include introductory remarks from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-4), co-sponsors of the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, which would require federal agencies to develop plans for adoption of more energy efficient technologies and mandate annual energy evaluations of federal data centers.

Additional participants for the event include Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer for EMC Corporation, Cathy Snyder, Vice President for Energy & Environment for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Colin Coyle, Consulting Principle for Public Sector Critical Facilities Services at Hewlett-Packard Company, Eric Masanet, Morris E. Fine Professor of Materials and Manufacturing at Northwestern University, Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF, and Dean Garfield, President of ITIC.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.itif.org/events/next-gen-data-centers-bringing-energy-efficiency-government

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.