The Station is now thinking it might be a good idea to let readers know about potentially good, free-of-charge online events like Webinars and conference speakers that may enlighten you and offer good insight to help you make better administrative decisions.
We say "potentially" good because, well, no one really knows if these things are going to be good or not until they take place. They often turn into commercials for companies. But the least we can do is put it out there for you to consider, and you can take it or leave it.
In any case, here's something for you: Hewlett-Packard on Aug. 3 announced a series of Webcasts called "CIO Real Talk" aimed to provide a detailed customer view of the inner workings of their data center products. Whether you have their gear in your shop or not, this could supply some valuable insight into what HP is thinking these days.
The first Webcast, "The Value of Green Technology," is scheduled for Aug. 6. It starts at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT). You can register for it here.
The Webcast series—there will be one each week through the month of August—will feature CIOs from various companies on a panel moderated by Jonathan Eunice, a principal IT adviser at Illuminata. During each Webcast, HP says, CIOs will discuss industry topics and share real-world experiences as to how they upgraded their data center infrastructures to support and drive business objectives. These CIOs also will talk about how they are maximizing IT investments.
"The Value of Green Technology" will explore the long-term benefits of adopting energy-saving strategies across the data center. The panel comprises Pat O'Day, chief technology officer at BlueLock, an infrastructure-as-a-service provider; Anuraag Bhargava, vice president and chief information officer at Electro-Motive Diesel, the world's largest builder of diesel-electric locomotives; and Chuck Tickles, vice president of information technology at Kansas City Power & Light.
Yes, I believe that Chuck Tickles is his real name.
More info on events like this will be published here at The Station as it comes across our desk.
By the way, we're getting a book review section moving here at The Station, too. There are a number of good volumes on data centers, storage, green IT and virtualization popping up now that are timely and informative, and you should know about them.