Wednesday Jul 01, 2009

1,000 Members Baby!

On June 26th, 2009 Data Center Pulse met a major milestone in our push to influence the industry. We broke the 1,000 member mark! This has been a long time coming. We had almost 2 people a day signing up for DCP since we started on September 13, 2008. We had a press release and Data Center Journal picked it up first.  They have always been supportive of our efforts and I'd like to publicly thank them for it.

Now for some pretty impressive stats.  If you go to the DCP membership page you will see the massive list of companies that are represented.  1,004 members in 45 countries representing over 600 companies from almost every industry on the planet.  What I love about this is the strength of this group.  I'm not sure if most people realize what this list of people represent.  From my estimations, they represent billions of dollars in annual purchases that drives the IT industry.  These are the datacenter customers.  The ones that define, purchase and operate the technologies that run these global datacenters. Remember that our members are end users only.  We do not allow Sales, Consultants, PR, marketing BizDev into DCP directly, but they can join DCP INDUSTRY.  The INDUSTRY group has just broken 830 members.

We believe this is just the beginning.  The work with the Chill Off, The Stack, Energy Incentive Program and others is starting the process of influencing the industry.  We believe very firmly in what we are doing and look forward to watching it grow.  Stay tuned at  

End users, you can join Data Center Pulse here. For non-end users, you can join Data Center Pulse INDUSTRY here. Stay connected, get involved! Be a part of the future rather than just watching everyone else.

Friday Nov 14, 2008

This puppy's growing!

I am still amazed with how quickly you can reach a global audience. It's been 61 days since we started Data Center Pulse.  Since then we have secured 312 members from 180 companies in 21 countries representing at least 20 different industries! The member list is growing like mad.

As Mark and I continued to recruit members a realization set in. The list of companies that are represented on Data Center Pulse are from every industry. This group spends or influences hundreds of billions of dollars every year. They build the engines that run banking, medical support systems, schools, military, government, transportation systems, and this little thing called the internet. :-)  Over the weekend we brainstormed how to best leverage the strength of this group. What is it that most of the people are interested in? What would be worth their time? Personally, I benefit greatly when I am able to sit down for detailed discussions and debate on Data Center topics with my peers in the industry. I really enjoyed the round table we held at the AFCOM session and wished there could be more.

So, Mark and I decided to take the next step.  We want to get this community together for a face to face working session.  The goal is to discuss and debate the top 10 topics that are on the minds of these owners and operators.  What are those topics? We want the community to decide.  Who will lead these discussions?  We want the leaders to be selected from the community. What will we do with this information? The topic leaders will present it out to the industry. What will the next steps be? The community will decide. In other words, the Data Center Pulse members will create the agenda, content, output and followup for this summit. When we harness the knowledge and experience of this group along with the challenges they face, some very useful information will be generated. Wouldn't you like to know what's on the mind of your customers? What they want?  What they need?  With this summit, you will get it directly from the horses mouth. 

Data Center Pulse Summit 

On February 17-18, 2009 we will host the first Data Center Pulse Summit in Northern California. You can read more about this event through the latest blog entry.

Keep in mind, that this is an invitation only event for Data Center Pulse members. But, anyone in the industry can submit topic ideas through this survey to be considered for the different tracks. We have also partnered with the AFCOM Northern California Chapter to host the read-out of the topic findings immediately following the event (February 18, 2009).  We have also partnered with Teladata to have the output of these 10 topics discussed at round tables at their Technology Convergence conference the following day (February 19, 2009).  

We have high hopes for this summit and would appreciate your input. Feel free to email with any suggestions.

Sunday Sep 14, 2008

Data Center Pulse: The Community

This weekend I created a new group on Linkedin to bring the global datacenter community together.  It is called Data Center Pulse.  DCP is an exclusive group of global datacenter owners, operators and users. It already includes many from some of the largest datacenters in the world. DCP will track the pulse of the industry through discussion and debate with the goal of influencing the future of the datacenter.

No vendor consultants or individuals with primary roles in a sales, marketing or business development capacity will be allowed to join the group. Members must participate, or be responsible for, one or more of the following within their own company.

  • Data Center Strategy
  • Data Center Architecture/Design
  • Data Center Operations
  • Data Center Efficiency
  • Data Center Sustainability
  • Data Center Use

There are specific reasons why these rules for membership have been established.  I have been involved with a number of groups, forums and online bodies that have attempted to tap into the different datacenter trends.  The problem has usually been that they turn into individual promotion or company sales pitches.  Now don't get me wrong, consultants, business development, marketing and sales professionals provide great value to companies and the industry, but that is not what this group is about. We want to have open, passionate discussion and debate around problems data center professionals are facing, directly.  We then want to take the problems and ideas generated within the group and share them with the industry. In the near future, the threads generated in this group will be posted to  All particpant names and companies will be stripped from the threads to ensure our members anonymity.  (The DCP board maintains the right to remove discussion content if it is deemed inappropriate).  The board will also frequently scrub the member list to ensure that the community stays end-user focused. 

Anyone who is not part of this group, can submit questions to the community by emailing question to  (It is the sole discretion of the DCP board on wether or not these questions will be posted) 

Our goal is to build this global community to 1000 strong by the end of 2008. 

The more DC professionals we can add, the better.  To achieve this goal, we could use your help in recruiting for this community.  If you would like to participate, please request to join the Data Center Pulse Group.  Then, plan to bring it to the table...  :-)

If you have any questions feel free to contact me (Dean Nelson - or my co-chair, Mark Thiele, ( Director of R&D Business Operations from VMware.


Gig: GDS Director
Global Lab & Datacenter Design Services, Sun Microsyste


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