Industry Panel Discussion: The Data Center Ecosystem of 2025
Event Date: 10/15/2014 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Emerson Network Power’s Peter Panfil will be joined by Peter Gross of Bloom Energy, Mark Monroe of DLB Associates and Ben Stewart of Verizon Terremark to discuss the industry’s vision for the data center of the future. The panel will examine the results of Emerson’s recent survey of more than 800 data center professionals from around the world. How will soaring rack densities change the face of the data center? Will alternative energies play a major role? Will the convergence of IT and telecommunications change the data center or be defined by it? Some of the industry’s leading experts will share their perspectives and discuss the possibilities, potential and possible pitfalls of tomorrow’s critical IT facilities.

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Peter Panfil, Vice President, Global Power, Emerson Network Power

Peter Panfil is vice president of global power, for Emerson Network Power, where he leads the AC power global roadmap development and is responsible for allocating engineering resources to new product development programs. He works to apply the latest power and control technology to industry-proven topologies to provide the highest availability systems for business-critical applications. He began his career at Emerson (Liebert) in 1994. Peter serves on AFCOM’s Data Center Institute (DCI) Board, and is a frequent presenter at industry trade shows and conferences. He provides regular expert commentary in leading IT, facilities and engineering media outlets.
Peter Gross, Vice President, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy

Peter Gross leads the Mission Critical Systems group at Bloom Energy, the premier manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells. Peter is recognized as a thought leader in the mission-critical information, communication and infrastructure design realm, has published numerous technical papers in the field, and is a frequent speaker at international events. His focus centers on mission-critical facilities, high-reliability design, energy and sustainability. Peter has more than 25 years of experience in the engineering and design of power systems as applied to data centers, trading floors, command and control centers, and telecommunication and broadcasting facilities. In 2012 Gross joined the advisory board of UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and the Ontario High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) Strategic Advisory Committee.
Mark Monroe, DLB Associates

Mark Monroe is chief technology officer and vice president of DLB Associates. He recently served as executive director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end-user consortium focused on resource-efficient data centers and business computing environments. His 30 years of experience in the IT industry includes data center design and operations, application and system design, service level management, process design and analysis, professional services, sales, government and commercial program management, and outsourcing management. He works on sustainability advisory boards with the University of Colorado and local Colorado governments, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt.
Ben Stewart, Facility Engineering, Verizon Terremark

Ben Stewart leads a team that designs and builds energy efficient mission critical facilities around the world. Responsible for electrical and mechanical engineering design and support of all facilities, his strategy and vision support the delivery of data center services including co-location, managed hosting, and cloud computing. He is the area chair for the University of Phoenix/South Florida Campus College of Information Systems and Technology and sits on the industrial advisory board for the Miami Dade College of Engineering and the advisory council for The Green Grid. He is the founder and president of the Miami chapter of AFCOM and sits on the board of directors for the 7x24 Mission Critical South Florida Chapter. Stewart retired as a Commander after 25 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.
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