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    Vendor information for NSA Utah Data Center

    Salt Lake Tribune has an article on NSA’s data center in Utah.

    The secretive NSA went public earlier this month with its plan to build the data center, which could consume as much power as every home in Salt Lake City. Its task: Processing information collected in an effort to prevent attacks on the nation's cyber networks.

    Sens. Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch, both Utah Republicans, hailed the center as key to protecting the nation's digital infrastructure.

    The Utah Data Center Industry days has passed.


    But, you can find the information here if you didn’t make it to Industry day.

    On November 17, 2009, the Rocky Mountain Region, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration (GSA) will host an FBI Industry Day in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of the Industry Day is twofold: First, it is intended to educate industry partners (i.e., private sector developers, contractors, architects, etc.) on new FBI program and construction requirements. Attendees will gain an understanding the GSA two-phase Source Selection bid process and how the FBI requirements should be met during the offer period. Second, it is GSA's further intention that a minimum of 60% of contract labor for the project must be Utah-based. The meeting will provide an open forum for developers and potential contractors to exchange information and form partnerships.

    Pre-registration is not required. However, due to space limitations a maximum of three members from each firm may attend.  It is not a requirement to attend the Industry Day to participate in future project phases.  Registration on this Federal Business Oppotunities website ( is necessary to take advantage of networking opportunities.

    Distribution of marketing materials is permitted among developers and potential vendors. Neither GSA nor FBI will accept any marketing materials, business cards, etc., from any source.

    The Industry Day event will be held on November 17, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Marriott City Center located at 220 South State Street. The event will run from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, Mountain Time.

    For further information please contact:

    Shelley Smith
    Contracting Officer
    Mountain Plains Service Center
    303-236-8000 X5302

    Added: Nov 09, 2009 3:43 pm

    The planned Industry Day is in direct support of the proposed construction of an FBI facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The information disseminated at the meeting will be a combination of general (i.e., applies to all current and future FBI projects) and very basic information related directly to the the Salt Lake City project. 
    [Please note: As a matter of agency mission-related security, technical specifics will not be addressed during this meeting. Only development team offerors prequalified on the basis of the Phase I SFO will be given access to the technical information, detailed in the Phase II SFO.]
    Appropriate meeting notes will be posted as an amendment to this notice after November 17.
    It is not necessary to attend the Industry Day in order to receive the Phase I SFO for development team prequalification.  The Government's preferred method of distribution for the request for offers and the Phase I SFO, along with all necessary forms, will be a post to this Federal Business Opportunities website later this month.  Therefore, you must be registered on FedBizOps to receive an electronic notification and attached SFO.  Paper copies will also be made available.
    For informational purposes an advance copy of the flyer to be distributed by the Government during the Industry Day is posted as an attachment to this notice.
    Given the limited availability of space in the Marriott City Center a second session may be added at the discretion of the Government.  The first session will begin promptly at 8:00 AM.  If a second session presenting the same information is required it will commence promptly at 9:30 AM.

    Added: Nov 24, 2009 5:51 pm


    Please consult the list of document viewers if you cannot open a file.

    Industry Day Flyer


    Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)

    Posted Date:

    November 9, 2009

    Salt Lake City Publication.pdf (256.80 Kb)

    Description: Industry Day Flyer

    Slide presentations, bidder's lists, Q&A


    Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)

    Posted Date:

    November 23, 2009

    Industry Day Presentation 8x11.pdf (7,015.80 Kb)

    Description: Industry Day slide presentation

    Industryday Sign In sheet.pdf (1,173.58 Kb)

    Description: Industry Day attendee list

    Industry Day Q.doc (25.50 Kb)

    Description: Industry Day Q&A

    Contracting Office Address:

    Denver Federal Center, Building 41, Room 272
    Denver, Colorado 80225

    Place of Performance:

    220 South State Street
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    United States

    Primary Point of Contact.:

    Shelley Smith,

    Contracting Officer

    Phone: 303.236.8000 x5302

    Fax: 303.236.1774

    If you didn’t make it you can see who did attend here.

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    SAP’s Green Commitment – building and software, strategic sale to Autodesk

    The Philadelphia Inquirer has an article about SAP America’s new green building.

    Tech company SAP is living the green life

    By Diane Mastrull

    Inquirer Staff Writer

    SAP America is not in the building business. Yet lately, the major buzz about the provider of information-technology systems has centered on its new headquarters in Newtown Square.

    Company officials are not offended.

    SAP's four-story, 218,000-square-foot monument to energy efficiency and planet protection is turning out to be a credibility booster. And that was part of the plan.

    The 35-year-old company is expanding its line of software products designed to help companies go green. Erecting an office that is one of the greenest in the region was intended to demonstrate SAP's commitment to "walk the talk," said Bill McDermott, president of global field operations.

    SAP is going for Platinum LEED.

    Since opening in May, the SAP headquarters has picked up awards from environmental, architecture, and construction groups. Whether it qualifies for the highest level of sustainability certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program - platinum - is not yet known.

    Why is SAP going green?

    In large part, the sustainability trend is fueled by practicality. Stricter environmental regulations on emissions of greenhouse gases, for instance, are expected for business, especially big industry.

    The recession and escalating energy prices have been a prod, too - inspiring a worldwide corporate search for budget-trimming options, including switching to more energy-efficient lightbulbs and replacing face-to-face meetings with videoconferencing.

    Public relations is also a driver, as shareholders and customers are paying more attention to the environmental effect of a company's pursuit of profits, said Brenda Hustis Gotanda, a partner at the Bala Cynwyd law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox L.L.P. and a specialist in sustainability.

    "How they are judged by the public" on sustainability is "a really big issue" to a growing number of companies, Gotanda said.

    Autodesk is integrated in the story.

    It all matters to Emma Stewart, even though she is 2,500 miles away in San Francisco. She is a sustainability leader at Autodesk Inc., a company that specializes in design software for the built environment, from bridges and data centers to airplanes and washing machines.

    Her company wants not only to help its customers do their work in a more sustainable way, but to set an example of sustainability. SAP's commitment to those dual objectives helped convince her that it was a good fit for Autodesk, which is now using SAP's Carbon Impact, a system that helps companies determine their total carbon output.

    In selecting a business partner, "I gauge not only what a company tells me [about its sustainability commitment]," Stewart said, "but what they're doing."

    More and more there is strategic alliance between companies to help companies go green.  SAP and Autodesk are having discussions.

    Who are your strategic green partners?

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    Winning Data Center customers, being an entrepreneur – Digital Realty Trust leading LEED certification

    I was having a discussion with a data center manager and made the point that what is interesting is whether people are being data center managers or data center entrepreneurs.  Good leaders know how to do both and when it is appropriate.

    A well written paper on entrepreneurship is Saras D. Sarasvathy.

    So, what makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial?

    Entrepreneurs are entrepreneurial, as differentiated from managerial or strategic, because they think effectually; they believe in a yet-to-be-made future that can substantially be shaped by human action; and they realize that to the extent that this human action can control the future, they need not expend energies trying to predict it. In fact, to the extent that the future is shaped by human action, it is not much use trying to predict it – it is much more useful to understand and work with the people who are engaged in the decisions and actions that bring it into existence.

    An example of entrepreneurial is Digital Realty Trust’s efforts to have the highest LEED ratings for its portfolio of data centers. I’ve sat in many discussions where the cost benefit analysis is done for LEED points.  I would imagine the conversations at Digital Realty Trust are different when they say “We will be Platinum.  Figure out how to make it cost effective.”

    DataCenterKnowledge and others are helping to market LEED buildings.

    In Santa Clara, ‘Green’ Speeds Toward Platinum

    November 24th, 2009 : Rich Miller


    1201 Comstock is one of the Digital Realty data centers in Santa Clara, Calif. that has received a LEED Platinum certification.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – An unassuming industrial park near San Jose Airport is hardly where you’d expect to find some the greenest acres in the data center industry. The Santa Clara, Calif., campus operated by Digital Realty Trust is home to three data centers with a Platinum or Gold rating under the LEED standard for energy efficient buildings.

    What is the value of the Platinum and Gold ratings? Well Digital Realty has some big brand companies in the space.

    Digital Realty, the largest data center operator in the U.S., has used its Santa Clara operation to refine an energy efficient design using fresh-air cooling, which has made the site a magnet for some of the fastest-growing companies in the digital economy.

    Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo all have their servers housed here. NVIDIA, which is seeking to harness its GPU technology to power cloud and high performance computing, has leased an entire data center here as well.

    And, makes Gold LEED a me too statement, and the new news is about platinum.

    Where LEED certification was once seen as a difficult hurdle for mission-critical sites, companies like Digital Realty are demonstrating the ability to build data centers to the very highest levels of the specification, and do so with remarkable speed. The two LEED Platinum facilities at the Santa Clara campus were completed in less than eight months, far less than the 18 to 24 months typically required for an enterprise data center project.

    As DataCenterDynamics quotes.

    “Achieving LEED platinum certification means that attention has been paid to every aspect of the building's design and construction, including the operating energy efficiency of the finished datacenter as well as often overlooked, key issues such as building materials, materials re-use and construction practices," DRT CTO Jim Smith said in a statement. DRT announced the achievement on Monday.

    Digital Realty Trust is able to market its capabilities above the rest and first to market.  That’s being an entrepreneur.

    I wonder how much interest there is now in Digital Realty’s POD data centers.

    Digital Realty employs a Turn-Key Datacenter design offering customer data center pods available in units of 1.125 megawatts.

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    Pacific National Northwest Lab’s Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center

    I wrote a blog entry about PNNL winning $89 DOE Grant.  I’ve had chances to visit PNNL, but my trips got cancelled at the last minute.

    Curious I found the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center.


    What is the EIOC?

    EIOC training room

    The Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory brings together industry-leading software, real-time grid data and advanced computation into a fully capable control room. Shaped with input from utilities, technology vendors and researchers across the Northwest, the EIOC serves as a unique platform for researching, developing and deploying technologies to better manage and control the grid. The new technologies developed here will be transferable across the industry and address the national need for a more reliable and effective electricity grid.

    Addressing a Need

    City skyline at night

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers are exploring how changes in the way the nation's electrical grid is operated can improve its reliability, lower costs and lessen environmental impacts. The focus is on developing real-time tools and supporting their integration into operating systems. We recognize and understand the need for new tools that provide not only a better view of the current power grid, but also faster and more accurate predictions of what might be happening so operators can quickly respond.

    Being geeky, I found the HPC efforts interesting.

    Real-time simulations

    Real-time operations platform graph
    Figure 1. Integrated real-time operations platform for state estimation and grid simulation. Applying high-performance computing to power grid simulation enables real-time state estimation, faster-than-real-time dynamic simulation and dynamic contingency analysis. Click for a larger image.

    At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, we believe that traditional power grid algorithms can be reformulated and applied to high-performance computing platforms. Applying high-performance computing techniques and advanced computing hardware involves two major aspects: reformulation of power grid equations and parallelization of computational processes.

    Power grid operations include many important functions. "State estimation" is central for driving other key functions, e.g., contingency analysis, optimal power flow and automatic generation control. State estimation typically receives telemetered data from the SCADA system every four seconds and extrapolates a full set of grid conditions for operators based on the grid's current configuration and a theoretically based engineering power flow solution.

    Data Visualization

    Visualization in Power

    Visualization conveys complex information to system operators

    Screenshot of Power Grid Visualization application
    Force directed representation of the Western Power Grid. Click for a larger image.

    Historically, the visualization of power system data has not kept pace with state-of-the-art visualization techniques. Work performed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC) leverages techniques and tools previously developed by the National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC), located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, for applications not related to power systems. By collaborating with NVAC it has been possible to apply new technologies to power system applications with a significantly reduced lead time.

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    eBay Distinguished Architect understands impact data centers – location, monitoring, power

    Was reading James Hamilton’s blog, and was curious to see if the enterprise architects are discussing data center issues, and I found one in eBay Distinguished Architect Randy Shoup’s presentation.

    Lesson 7 – data center location


    Lesson 9 – Monitor everything


    And, the most surprising was in Lesson 10 – power (!)


    Now few in audience probably caught these three impacts on data centers, but it is a good sign that enterprise architects think it is worthwhile to add these points to their presentations.

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