Winter Program 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Elements of Disaster: Critical Thinking, and its Relationship to Mission Critical Facility Operations

Join us for a fascinating lecture by Journalist and Author John Maclean.  We will be studying another Mission Critical industry, the fighting of wildland fires.  We will draw some invaluable lessons that we can apply to the operation of our Data Centers.

And a panel discussion led by:
Reuben Toll – T–Mobile
Kevin Gustafson – Comcast
Michael Hunter – CenturyLink
Keith Klesner – Uptime Institute


Comedy Works South-DTC


  • 11:00 Check In
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch & Networking
  • 12:00 – 12:10 Opening Comments, Board Members Gary New and Joe Parrino
  • 12:10 – 12:50 Elements of Disaster Presentation by John Maclean
  • 1:00 – 1:30 End-User Panel Discussion
  • 1:30 Adjourn


Free for End-Users, Students, Sponsors; $40 Vendors & Non-Sponsors

We will be giving away 40 books signed by Mr. Maclean to the first 40 End-Users and Sponsors that sign up and are present at the Meeting. First come, first served, so be an early bird!

Why Should I Attend?

Those of us who operate Data Centers have seen routine operations turn into unintended outcomes. When this happens, training is key. Mr. Maclean will be speaking about wildfires and the failures / breakdowns in the command structure that occurred resulting in the loss of life. We’ll be drawing parallels to Data Center Operations; how several minor errors can lead to Data Center downtime. Our goal is to stretch your critical thinking, and to inspire you to ask those “what can happen?” questions, and to condition ourselves to expect the unexpected.