Data center facilities pro

Oct 6 2008   8:06PM GMT

Jill Eckhaus’ opening address at AFCOM

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

ORLANDO — AFCOM CEO Jill Eckhaus opened the Data Center World show this morning with a quick speech before the keynote got underway. She said the show here in Orlando has more than 700 attendees and 125 exhibitors, and is the largest fall show the organization has run since it started about 25 years ago.

Eckhaus said that for data center managers, “learning how to do their jobs with little to no training was a huge task,” and that AFCOM exists to help them.

“Because IT and facilities managers have always been resilient, they did what it took to get the job done and do it right,” she added.

Eckhaus added that for the first time in her 17 years with AFCOM, she is seeing a change in the view of the data center. Before, the data center was segregated and often thought of a department separate from the rest of the business. But now, she said, from the executive level on down, “spending money on IT has become a necessity for success.”

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