The two-day "Future Thinking" conference and trade fair is the flagship event of the German data centre industry not least because the "Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis" is presented in eight categories for innovative data centre products and solutions every year at an evening ceremony.
The event was held for the first time in 2015 at the Darmstadtium in the university city of Darmstadt. The DKE took the opportunity to present the first edition of its new series of DIN EN 50600 "Data centre facilities and infrastructures" standards to a broad audience - a world premiere! A full-day conference block gave interested conference participants the chance to acquaint themselves with this globally unique series of standards. Roughly 50 interested parties seized the opportunity to discuss the essential requirements and the underlying philosophy with the main DKE experts involved in its development - including the Secretary of CENELEC/TC 215 and the head of the relevant work group. For the first time this series of standards provides all those involved in any capacity with the planning, implementation and operation of a data centre with a comprehensive analysis of the facilities and infrastructures of a data centre, including basic requirements and recommendations.
The DKE also presented the new "Data Centre Standards" starter package on its stand. Interested parties could obtain detailed information on this online product, as well as other VDE-Verlag products.
The lively discussions with the conference and trade fair visitors showed that the data centre industry is already enthusiastically applying this new system of standards - a great success for the DKE and its involvement in Future Thinking 2015.
Mike Gilmore, Geschäftsführer
e-Ready Building Ltd.