TVA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt to Speak at Data Center World 2012

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Nashville Ideal Location for Premier Industry Event that Features Data Center Experts

AFCOM, the leading global association for data center professionals, has chosen Nashville, Tennessee for its Data Center World conference, September 30 – October 3. A hidden gem in the Southeast, Nashville supports a massive data center infrastructure with many Fortune 100 companies located within the area. The region is active with data center and facilities managers, many of whom have been invited to speak on their experiences and best practices operating advanced data centers.
A panel including the Data Center domain expert for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Steven Moore and Neale Rath of Deloitte Consulting will be speaking on selection criteria and best practice outcomes with site preparedness. Other speakers from the Tennessee area include Scott Milliken of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, whose data center currently supports several of the fastest supercomputers in the world; and Peter Woods from Vanderbilt University, whose data center houses many high profile clients. In addition, the keynote speaker, Winn Schwartau is a resident of Nashville and internationally recognized disaster recovery and security expert.
TVA has focused on supporting the data center industry with initiatives for on-site preparedness through its Data Center Initiative program, which is geared toward recruiting data centers into the area. TVA worked with Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting in 2010-2012 to identify and evaluate potential data center sites in the TVA seven-state, 80,000-square mile region. Lessons learned from TVA’s program and other case studies, real world peer-driven sessions and multiple networking events take center stage at Data Center World.
"TVA's data center initiative is focused on working with communities to identify and market sites that are ideal locations with secure, reliable power for technology driven companies,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development. "We are looking forward to sharing the results of our data center site-preparedness efforts at Data Center World and think the choice of Nashville is ideal for the data center and facilities management industry."

About Data Center World Conference
Data Center World is produced by AFCOM (, the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 member data centers and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances. For complete list of speakers and education presentation at the conference, visit

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