First CIO for U.S. Government to Speak at Data Center World

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Vivek Kundra to present IT challenges and successes as head of world’s largest consumer of information technology, the United States Government, at Spring 2012 Data Center World conference to be held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., March 18-22.

Data Center Managers need to know the best practices and technologies available so they can respond quickly and effectively to any new challenge.

AFCOM, the world's leading data center professional association, today announced Vivek Kundra, the first Chief Information Officer of the United States, will deliver the keynote address at the Spring 2012 Data Center World conference to be held in at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., March 18-22. In this presentation, Kundra will share his experience leading change across the world’s largest consumer of information technology—the U.S. government—and the lessons every organization can use when leading a transformation in a change-averse environment.

“The data center has always been by definition at the heart of IT systems; however, as our lives and businesses are increasingly becoming data-driven, it is taking center stage in every organization,” said Kundra. “From managing budgets to facility space to IT and physical security, new responsibilities are being added to every data center manager’s role and these professionals need to know the best practices and technologies available so that they can respond quickly and effectively to any new challenge.”

As CIO of the U.S., Kundra was faced with the unprecedented challenge of leading the federal government’s IT operations and policy—and at a time when cutting costs, increasing efficiency and driving innovation were of paramount importance. Having managed the $80 billion federal technology budget, Kundra’s efforts yielded significant progress in transforming the way technology is purchased and managed by bringing best-in-class private sector solutions to solve massive public sector inefficiencies. The result has been a highly transparent, efficient and accountable environment focused on making systems and information useful to the public.
“The United States government took a huge step in demonstrating how important information technology and data centers are to American livelihood when they appointed Mr. Kundra to his post as the nation’s first CIO,” said Jill Eckhaus, president of AFCOM and chairperson of Data Center World. “Hearing directly from his experiences in both the public and private sector will be enormously valuable for our members as they tackle many of the same problems.”

Kundra’s address will be delivered on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:45 a.m. PST.

For more than 30 years, Data Center World has been the largest global event of its kind and has been named one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the U.S. It is often regarded as the premier networking and educational event by data center managers and industry professionals.

The Spring Data Center World 2012 will be held March 18-22 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Highlights of this five-day conference include:

  • Educational tracks, on topics including General Data Center Management, Disaster Recovery/Security, Cloud Computing, Data Center Builds/Expansion and Design, General Facilities Management, Power and Cooling, Product Information Sessions
  • Virtual Data Center Tours of Brocade’s new Silicon Valley facility and University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ completed project that was six years in the making.
  • Networking and special events to find potential collaborators and vendor resources, get help to overcome your hurdles and technology problems, and build an active and innovative idea network.

The final agenda for the Spring 2012 Data Center World can be found at

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