Richard and I presented at the DataCenter Dynamics Public Sector Conference in Manchester on Monday 10 May. Attended by around 300 Public Sector professionals and supplier organisations, this conference was targeted specifically at addressing the issues around managing, refurbishing and building data centres and the impact of the “G” (Government) Cloud on Public Sector strategy.
We had a good attendance for our case study “Micro Data Centre Refurbishment – Overcoming Physical and Budgetary Constraints in a Legacy Mixed-Use Facility” and the feedback afterwards was excellent. More details on the conference can be found here: bit.ly/afDHUi
I also travelled to the University of Bremen last week, where I contributed to a joint exercise with Oxford University in exporting Green ICT to Germany. Howard Noble from Ox Uni spoke on the Desktop PC angle, including tackling the social-psychological obstacles to changing to a sustainable future. I presented Green ICT from the Data Centre perspective, including demonstrating a methodology for tackling the challenges of sustainability in a systemic way using my in-development Sustainable ICT Maturity Model.
Bremen University hope to use what they’ve learnt from our visit to build a Green ICT educational programme, incorporating those skills into academics, students, apprentices, technicians and engineers, with collaboration from the Mittelstand (SMEs). This may be rolled out across the region as a formalised pedagogy that would allow all Universities within Germany to offer these training programmes and set Germany on the path to a more sustainable future. It is important to note that currently Green ICT has no foothold in the educational sector over there.