First let me thank you for your enthusiastic response to our Fall 2007 issue. Our team has been deluged with compliments, and our heads have swollen to hat sizes normally associated with steroids abuse. Fortunately, publishing-especially for the data center and emergency backup industry - is a what have you done for me lately venture. While we appreciate the kind words, we really have taken little time to relax.

We just launched our newest and most ambitious project. Editorial Advisory Board member Peter Curtis has helped us develop the industry’s most complete on-line education program. You can read more about this program on pages 41 and 73. Suffice it to say that this program will fulfill your PDH requirements. We are planning a number of Main Topic Modules with two additional “Essential Knowledge” courses. The Essential Knowledge Courses, Reliability/Resiliency and Mission Critical Facilities Engineering, serve as prerequisites to the Main Topics.

Earn eight professional development hours for each completed course in Data Center and Mission Critical Facility Studies. Get more information and register today at

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I’d also like you to take a minute to look at our new “Cronin’s Workshop” column on
p. 8. Editorial Advisory Board member and industry expert Dennis Cronin plans to challenge you to radically improve on today’s accepted data center design precepts. Next issue, Dennis challenges our biases against Free Cooling.

We also announced that seven industry professions had joined the publication’s editorial advisory board, bringing to 18 the number of professionals who help us in this capacity
The new members are: Rob Aldridge, Cisco Systems; Christian Belady, Microsoft; Scott Good, Turner Construction; Kevin Dickens, Jacobs; John Musilli, Intel Corp; Dean Nelson, Sun; and Glen Neville, Deutsche Bank.

We announced these additions in our January enewsletters, since then we have posted more complete bios of all our board members on our website. These 18 individuals are extremely dedicated to the industry, and I am lucky to have them to lean on. Please also visit our new website (, where you can register for our upcoming webinars and even look at archived events.

Kevin Heslin