OCP Educational Webinar: The Practical Business Case for Data Center Sustainability



The need for sustainable data center growth is at the forefront of industry conversations. However, with confusion around varying metrics, goals and limited data available, there is a lack of practical solutions for achieving sustainability within the data center industry. Sustainability is becoming even more critical, as a new wave of digital growth drives a rapidly growing global data center footprint. OCP, Intel and Submer can offer their expertise and leadership to the data center community to provide today’s best-practices and help set common goals and metrics to support the responsible growth of data centers.

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Data center owners and operators are constantly under pressure to deliver reliable, efficient and timely computing resources to support all things digital. This involves managing a complex ecosystem and supply chain of IT, electrical and thermal infrastructure. As this need continues to grow, driven by increasingly digital humans and a growing number of Internet connected devices, investors, IT decision makers and regulators are sounding the alarm on the data center industries energy consumption and need to operate more sustainably. Now, data center owners and operators are tasked with trying to balance historic levels of growth while integrating sustainability at the core of decision making. This webinar will help educate the data center ecosystem on navigating this challenge, from framing the sustainability opportunity for data centers, discussing the evolution of standardized sustainability metrics, exploring circular economy principles and highlighting the opportunities for improving data center operational efficiencies today.

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Framing the data center sustainability opportunity
  • Discuss the standardization of data center metrics that align with sustainability goals
  • Understand the role and opportunities created by open architectures and circular economy principles
  • Showcase some of today’s most sustainable data center solutions

Who should attend?

Data Center Equipment Vendors, Silicon Vendors, Colocation, Cloud and Telecom Service Providers, IT buyers and Decision Makers, and Enterprise CIO and CTO

Meet the speakers!

Cliff Grossner, VP Market Research at OCP

At the Open Compute Project Foundation, Dr. Grossner leads its market intelligence function and is responsible for driving awareness of OCP, training and certification programs, and guiding inventors presenting their early-stage company ideas to potential investors. Dr. Grossner has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience encompassing scientific research, market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing. His current interests includeIT Ecosystems from cloud to the edge looking at the equipment [servers, IT networking and storage] and software, and physical infrastructure [power and cooling] needed for computation, with a focus on edge computing, silicon components included in IT equipment including coprocessors for AI and ML. Previously, Dr. Grossner was head of the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice, which he launched at Infonetics research and followed through transitions to IHS, IHS Markit and Informa Group. Prior to Infonetics, he held senior positions, including heading strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise network business, tenures at Bell Labs, several startups and Nortel. He earned his Ph.D. at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, winning national scholarships to support his graduate work. He holds more than 10 patents in computer networking, networking embedded security and telecommunications applications.

Lucas Beran, Principal Analyst at Dell'Oro Group

Specialties: Data Center Physical Infrastructure

Lucas Beran joined Dell’Oro Group in 2021 and is responsible for the coverage of Data Center Physical Infrastructure. Mr. Beran’s research and analysis has been frequently quoted in leading trade and business publications including Bloomberg, CRN, Data Center Knowledge, Information Week, Mission Critical, SdxCentral, The NexPlatform, and The Verge. Mr. Beran regularly speaks at industry conferences such as Data Center Dynamics and Data Center World, and also presents to senior executives at corporations. Mr. Beran graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Applied Mathematics minor from the Honors College of Boise State University.

John Miranda, Director, Strategy Office, Data Center and AI Group at Intel

John Miranda is a Director in Intel’s Data Center and AI Group Strategy Office. In this role, John is responsible for a companywide market and technology trend sensing program that brings outside in perspectives on emerging forces that will shape the ecosystem Intel operates in. These insights are used to better anticipate the implications of emerging forces to Intel, the associated opportunities (or threats) they may represent, and inform strategy development at both the Data Center and AI business Group and the broader corporate strategy office. In the context of this Webinar, John noted a rising urgency on sustainability with respect to the Information, Communications and Technology sector, leading to internal to Intel and external contributions aiming to accelerate product and technology transition towards more sustainable solutions. John’s background is in Computer Science (began in high school with Apple IIs!), and in recent years, focusing on the intersection of compute and business strategy. Outside of work, John enjoys photography, hiking, and the natural beauty of California’s Central Coast where he and his family live.

Daniel Pope, Co-founder & CEO at Submer Immersion Cooling

Daniel Pope started his first data centre business when he was 16, which was later sold to Telefónica. After that, he started a long career as a solution architect and as an architecture director and Integration EMEA at Ingram Micro Cloud. In 2015, he founded Submer with Pol Valls Soler intending to change how data centres are being built from the ground up. The aim is to make them as efficient as possible and to have little or positive impact on the environment around them, reducing their footprint and their consumption of precious resources such as water.