Microsoft’s Brian Janous, utility architect for data center advanced development, will deliver the keynote address at Data Center World Spring 2013 in Las Vegas, April 28-May 2, 2013. Data Center World organizer AFCOM, is pleased to announce that Janous will speak about Microsoft’s recently announced Data Plant pilot project — the first zero carbon data center that will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power increasingly prevalent cloud services at global scale. 

 “The reduction of energy use in data centers is an enormous issue in our industry,” said Tom Roberts, president of AFCOM association and chairperson for Data Center World. “Microsoft’s investment in this area will be of tremendous interest to Data Center World attendees. Brian will provide valuable insight into the process of leading cloud-scale infrastructures toward a more profitable and sustainable future through strategic energy sourcing,innovative solutions to supply power to data centers through on-site generation, and the issues of power availability ”

“Cloud computing is transforming the way we live and interact with technology, and to support this, our industry is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Janous. “As data center operators, it’s critical to consider both the sources of energy into the data center, but also ways to improve efficiency while using software to improve resiliency of the entire data center ecosystem. At Microsoft, with projects like our DataPlant, we’re envisioning new scenarios to help us drive dramatic gains in efficiency by looking well beyond traditional models of data center design.” 

Janous is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for  more than 200 Microsoft online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. His responsibilities include the oversight of all energy supply agreements, distributed generation, and strategic partnerships to ensure a power supply that is reliable and sustainable for a globally distributed network of data centers. As part of the Data Center Advanced Development team, he supports efforts to create end-to-end strategies that will drive innovations in the next generation of Microsoft data centers.

A 2012 study by Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), on “The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future”, will also be referenced in the keynote presentation.  The new SMARTer 2020 study concluded the potential of the IT industry to reduce annual emissions by 9.1 GtCO2e by 2020, which is a staggering seven times greater than the carbon footprint of the IT industryitself. The study illustrates opportunity for IT-related services like cloud computing to make an impact on a global scale. 

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a leading source of impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through ICT.

Data Center World Spring 2013 will include more than 60 educational sessions covering all aspects of the data center and facilities management field including disaster recovery, DCIM, management, data center builds and design, facilities management, power and cooling, cloud as well as pertinent and topical peer-to-peer user sessions and round table discussions.