June 16, 2008

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Launches First Annual Data Center Energy Summit 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Silicon Valley Leadership Group today announced their first Data Center Energy Summit 2008, an all-day symposium dedicated to sustainable data center design, energy efficient engineering and operational practices for green computing.

"Our data center efficiency initiative saves both energy and money. Silicon Valley is proving once again that green is gold," said Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the campus of Sun Microsystems in Santa Clara, Calif., and includes the following:

   -- The results of 11 "green computing" initiatives presented by data      center operators from organizations such as Digital Realty Trust,      Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NetApp, Oracle, Sun      Microsystems, Symantec, Synopsys, the U.S. Postal Service and Yahoo!      These data center operators were supported by technology partners such      as APC, Cassatt, IBM, Liebert, Modius, Power Assure, PowerSmiths,      SprayCool, Rittal and SynapSense, which provided their energy efficient      IT and data center infrastructure technologies for several of the case      studies and demonstration projects.    -- An analysis by Accenture, which compares the actual measurable results      of the above case studies to the various energy saving scenarios      developed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) experts in 2007    -- An interactive panel discussion with Teri Takai, chief information      officer (CIO) for the State of California and with CIOs from several      leading Silicon Valley companies including Bob Worrall, Sun      Microsystems, David Thompson, Symantec and Tayloe Stansbury, VMware    -- An evening tour and reception at one of the Silicon Valley's premier      data centers    

"Accenture is honored to be given the responsibility by the Leadership Group and Berkeley Labs to author the consolidated report, whose key findings are significant since they quantify the real savings enterprises can achieve by using a set of green computing technologies. We expect the report to elevate the discussion to the next level by showing what happens when the best set of solutions of the 11 technologies studied are combined," said Teresa Tung, senior researcher and Ph. D., Accenture Technology Labs. "And we're very hopeful these findings hold the potential to influence green regulation and certification currently taking shape."

Data Center Energy Summit 2008 is a Silicon Valley Leadership Group event in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "These types of case studies and demonstration projects are exactly what our primary research sponsors are trying to encourage -- which is the public and private sector working together collaboratively," said Bill Tschudi, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Going forward, the CEC is planning to continue to participate in the Data Center Demonstration Project and, through LBNL, it is looking forward to making this one of the premier forums for demonstrating new energy efficient IT and data center infrastructure technologies."

Sun Microsystems will be hosting the event and Subodh Bapat, vice president and distinguished engineer, responsible for driving Sun's systems level energy strategy, will be featured as the keynote speaker.

"As an early producer of brutally efficient products -- such as multi-threaded microprocessors that can do the work of many chips, lower power consumption servers and virtualization technologies -- and highly efficient, modular datacenter designs to support them, Sun is pleased to host the Summit and to participate in the great dialog that will certainly occur," said Dean Nelson, Sun's senior director of Global Lab and Datacenter Design Services (GDS).

Data Center Energy Summit 2008 has been supported by Accenture, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Silicon Valley Power and Sun Microsystems. For more information and to register for the Summit, please visit http://svlg.net/events/datacenter0626/.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents 260 of Silicon Valley's most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide more than 250,000 local jobs, one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit http://www.svlg.net/ or call (408) 501-7853.

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