SOURCE: Executive Alliance, Inc.

September 16, 2008 09:21 ET

Top Data Center Executives Meet in Atlanta to Discuss Industry Trends and Issues at the Data Center Executive Summit Featuring the DaCEY Awards 2008

Andreas Antonopoulos, Senior Vice President and Founding Partner, Nemertes Research, to Provide Luncheon Keynote

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums worldwide, announced today that Andreas Antonopoulos, Senior Vice President and Founding Partner of Nemertes Research, will provide the luncheon keynote at the Data Center Executive Summit featuring the Data Center Executive of the Year (DaCEY) National Awards to be held Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA.

Based on extensive interviews, surveys, and primary research, Mr. Antonopoulos will present a comprehensive view of the transformation of the data center, including new business imperatives for energy efficiency, operational agility, and the constant evolving array of threats to enterprise security putting pressure on IT.

"Move over rocket science, data center technology is just as hard!" said Andreas Antonopoulos, Senior Vice President and Founding Partner, Nemertes Research. "In the last decade the science of building a data center has exploded in complexity. With competing demands for high performance, high density and high energy efficiency, building and running a data center requires great knowledge and skill. Data centers are an IT discipline where excellence deserves high acclaim and recognition."

The Data Center Executive Summit is comprised of interactive forums, cutting-edge speakers, hot topic panelist discussions and dynamic presentations to challenge the current thinking of the nation's top data center executives.

"The Summit will include thought leaders who manage world class data centers across the U.S.," said Mary Lou Heastings, President of Executive Alliance. "The complexities of tomorrow's data center will be explored with the help of Andreas, an expert in this area. We look forward to recognizing the outstanding work of these exceptional leaders."

Following the Executive Summit, finalists and winners of the coveted DaCEY Executive of the Year Award is revealed. This award is presented to a data center executive who has demonstrated cutting edge vision, innovation, best practices, and outstanding leadership in a data center in 2008.

Debuting this year are the DaCEY Project of the Year Awards, recognizing successful data center projects and teams in seven categories, including Data Center Design, Green Initiatives, Infrastructure Management, Network Operations, Security, Storage and Virtualization.

"I truly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with other data center executives and technology professionals," said last year's winner of the Data Center Executive of the Year Award, Harry Richardson, Vice President, Governance, Systems Operations & Information Security Privacy Office, Delta Technology (NYSE: DAL). "The sessions were great and allowed the participants to learn about new ideas, green initiatives, and possible future issues. I'm looking forward to this year's summit."

"External forces, such as cloud computing and alternative desktops, are driving computing intelligence back into the data center and away from the distributed computing model IT has been using to support a growing mobile workforce," said Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer at Avocent, DaCEY's Terabyte sponsor. "The Data Center Executive Summit promises robust conversations about what is causing these kinds of changes, the benefits and challenges such shifts bring, and how IT can continue to deliver first-class service to its business customers during a time of change."

Registration for the Data Center Executive Summit and tickets for the Dinner and DaCEY Awards Gala are currently available at

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Executive Alliance at or 1-404-982-8562.

About the Sponsors

The Data Center Executive Summit featuring the DaCEY Awards is brought to the business community by the following: Founding Terabyte Sponsor - Avocent; Megabyte Sponsor - Forsythe; Kilobyte Sponsors - Lee Technologies and Symantec; Media sponsor - InformationWeek Magazine.

About Avocent - Founding Terabyte Sponsor

Avocent (NASDAQ: AVCT) delivers IT infrastructure management solutions that reduce operating costs, simplify management and increase the availability of critical, "always on" IT environments via integrated, centralized in-band and out-of-band hardware and software. Through LANDesk, Avocent also is a leading provider of systems, security, and process management solutions. Additional information is available at:

About Executive Alliance

Executive Alliance is recognized worldwide as the premier organization for creating leadership-recognition forums that honor and celebrate outstanding achievements of executives in different industries. These forums facilitate deep relationships and provide visibility for executives and their companies while offering access and insight to the key people leading these industries. For more information, visit,,

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