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Mission Statement

The mission of the NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee is to provide a clear, consistent, collective and compelling voice for promoting the interests of the region's growing data center, cloud and critical infrastructure community in an effort to contribute to the long-term growth and prosperity of the industry. The committee will:

  • promote the interests of anyone with a stake in ensuring that Northern Virginia continues to be a leading global destination not just for data centers but also for the wider ecosystem that relies on the data center as the commerce platform of the 21st century
  • provide educational and training programming for its members and provide forums for thought leadership and the sharing of best practices
  • lead efforts to identify the needs of the future workforce and advocate for industry-specific education programming
  • inform the community of the industry's vital role as a contributor to today's technology-led economy and a major factor in the prosperity and economic stability of the region
  • work to ensure the sustainability of the industry by thoughtfully discussing potential barriers to growth and act as an advocate for policies that prompt the overall health of the industry


What's New

Goals:

  • Address the short- and long-term competitiveness of the data center industry in Virginia
  • Bolster the data center and critical infrastructure industry through public policy advocacy in Richmond
  • Promote policies and initiatives to increase data center investment and expansion throughout Virginia


Gov. McDonnell Tours DuPont Fabros Data Center
McDonnell tour: http://www.nvtc.org/news/getnewscontent.php?code=456


Key NVTC Initiative Passes General Assembly - Legislation Enhancing Virginia's Ability to Attract Data Center Jobs Heads to Gov. McDonnell for Signature
http://www.nvtc.org/news/getnewscontent.php?code=501


Committee Leaders

Chair:
Jim Leach
RagingWire Data Centers
Bio


Meetings

Committee Meetings - Northern Virginia Technology Council September 26, 2014

PLease RSVP to jleach@ragingwire.com to attend.

8:00 AM
Dominion





Upcoming Events

Committee Events - Northern Virginia Technology Council

To Be Announced
To see the entire line up of NVTC Events click here.


Links

Task Force Chair George Newstrom's Q&A in NVTC's The Voice of Technology Spring 2011 issue: http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=65146&p=28
Archives

Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Committee Event
June 5, 2013

Mission Critical IT: From Data Centers to the Cloud-How Healthcare, Government, and Cybersecurity are Leading the IT Evolution

Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee Hosts Inaugural Event

NVTC's newest committee, the Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee (DCCI), formed to promote Virginia's growing data center sector, held its inaugural event, Mission Critical IT: From Data Centers to the Cloud — How Healthcare, Government, and Cybersecurity are Leading the IT Evolution, at the Ritz Carlton in McLean on June 5. The event attracted more than 160 executives spanning IT manufacturers, power and network suppliers, service providers, and vendors.

The event was moderated by Andrew Blum, noted author of the book Tubes — A Physical Journey to Our Virtual World, which was given for free to each attendee. In addition, a panel of industry experts — Vishal Agrawal, president of Healthcare Solutions at Harris Corporation; Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike Services (former FBI Cybercop); and Scott Renda, leader of Federal Cloud Computing and Data Center Consolidation Initiative at the Office of Management and Budget — discussed key issues and challenges faced by organizations as they accelerate the transition to hybrid IT and cloud computing. Panelists also provided insight into how — and why — Northern Virginia and the capital region are leading the nation in IT infrastructure and cloud.


2012-2013 Year in Review

Building on the legislative successes of its Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force and responding to rapid growth in data center expansions and outsourced IT infrastructure services in Virginia, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced the formation of the NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee (DCCIC).

The Committee's mission is to provide a clear, collective and compelling voice for the region's data center and cloud and critical infrastructure community in an effort to contribute to the long term growth and prosperity of the industry. It will examine a variety of issues and measure the impact of the data center ecosystem on regional business and job growth.

"Northern Virginia has become a world leader in the data center industry and we welcome the creation of NVTC's Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee," said Bob McDonnell, Governor of Virginia. "Data center expansion and investment are a critical element in diversifying Virginia's technology economy and attracting private sector jobs and generating new local revenue-particularly as the region faces future changes in Federal spending and procurement. I applaud the Committee's mission to build on the success of Northern Virginia's expanding data center cluster and ensure that the Commonwealth continues to be a vital destination and source for tomorrow's technology companies."

Across the globe, virtualization, cloud computing, electronic trading, government consolidation, and wireless applications are propelling enormous growth in enterprise and outsourced data centers. According to Gartner, the global market for IT outsourcing, web hosting services, and cloud IT infrastructure will reach $340 billion by 2015.

Locally, Northern Virginia is a global IT hub with 70% of the world's Internet traffic flowing through 50 data centers that encompass more than 7 million square feet. Fueled by an ideal combination of competitive and stable power rates, global network connectivity, proximity to the federal government, a robust technology sector and ready access to a highly skilled, educated workforce, Northern Virginia has emerged as a critical data center destination for some of the world's most important enterprises, such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Visa, and hundreds of other companies that are now hosting their businesses' IT in local data centers.

"Data centers, IT infrastructure and the cloud represent a great opportunity for the Northern Virginia technology sector," said NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg. "NVTC's new Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee will play a vital role in promoting this growing sector and ensuring Virginia remains a top global destination for data center investment and jobs."

Originally founded in 2010, NVTC's Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force served to provide a strong, collective voice for the region's data center community and to promote policies and initiatives to increase data center investment and expansion throughout Virginia. Following successful lobbying efforts by NVTC, legislation expanding eligibility of the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund to include economic development opportunities in data center expansion and investment was passed in 2011 and new legislation expanding Virginia's sales tax exemption for data centers to include data center tenants was passed in 2012. In 2013, NVTC successfully lobbied for legislation to further enhance Virginia's competitiveness in attracting data center jobs and investment by providing local governments with the authority to adopt a separate personal property tax rate for computers and peripherals used in data centers. NVTC's Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force played a pivotal role in educating legislators, Gov. McDonnell and his cabinet on the economic contributions of data centers leading up to these legislative sessions.

Now the DCCIC, the Committee is attracting members and sponsors from a growing ecosystem of IT manufacturers, suppliers and service providers that benefit from the delivery of technology and services from Northern Virginia data centers. Committee objectives include: -- Promoting the interests of anyone with a stake in ensuring that Northern Virginia continues to be a leading global destination, not just for data centers, but also for the wider ecosystem of companies that rely on the data center as the commerce platform of the 21st century. -- Providing educational and training programming for members and offering forums for thought leadership and the sharing of best practices. -- Leading efforts to identify the needs of the future workforce and advocating for industry specific education programming. -- Informing the community of the industry's vital role as a contributor to today's technology-led economy and a major factor in the prosperity and economic stability of the region. -- Working to ensure the sustainability of the industry by thoughtfully discussing potential barriers to growth and advocating for policies that promote the overall health of the industry.

The DCCIC's founding corporate sponsors include Comcast Business Class; Latisys; Dominion Virginia Power; Schneider Electric; Carpathia Hosting; ePlus Group Inc.; Iron Bow Technologies; Loudoun, Virginia Economic Development; Raging Wire, tw telecom; VEDP; Windstream Hosted Solutions. The Committee is co-chaired by Buddy Rizer, Loudoun, Virginia Economic Development, and Jonathan Sharp, Vice President, Latisys.

The NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee will host its inaugural event on June 5 highlighting how the Washington metro area is leading the nation in IT infrastructure and the cloud. Moderated by Andrew Blum, author of Tubes - A Physical Journey to Our Virtual World. This event will feature thought leaders from the region's data center and cloud and critical infrastructure community examining key issues and challenges of transitioning to hybrid IT and cloud computing.


December 9, 2011

NVTC's Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force held a data center briefing at Dominion and tour of a DuPont Fabros data center to introduce members of the Northern Virginia General Assembly Delegation to the data center community and provide them with a basic overview of data center businesses. Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey, Deputy Secretary of Technology Aaron Mathes, Assistant Secretary of Technology Cameron Kilberg and 12 Northern Virginia senators and delegates joined 29 members of the NVTC Task Force for the meeting and tour.

For more information, please click here: http://www.nvtc.org/news/getnewscontent.php?code=446
April 29, 2011

The third Task Force meeting featured a briefing by Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng on the Governor's economic development goals, priorities and incentives as they relate to data center investment and expansion across Virginia. The meeting also included a briefing on Governor McDonnell's Cybersecurity Initiative from Deputy Secretary of Technology Aaron Mathes and Assistant Secretary of Technology and Senior Policy Advisor Cameron Kilberg.
February 15, 2011

The second meeting of the Task Force was hosted by Dominion. Tom Farrell, Chairman, President & CEO of Dominion Resources, Paul Koonce, CEO of Dominion Virginia Power, and several other Dominion executives participated in a discussion regarding energy-related issues with Task Force members.

Objectives:
    1. To learn Dominion's perspective on data centers as customers and as economic drivers 2. To learn about Dominion's short and long term plans re energy production, infrastructure and cost 3. To discuss opportunities for partnership and collaboration
Conclusion: Task Force members and Dominion representatives resolved to continue discussions on energy-related issues.

September 27, 2010

NVTC convened an initial meeting of the NVTC Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force based on member interest.

Purpose: Discuss how NVTC can help ensure the current and future competitiveness of data centers and critical IT infrastructure in Virginia and provide more value to this important community.

Conclusion: NVTC would establish a Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure Task Force to serve as a venue for the data center community.

Goals:
  1. Discuss and address short and long term challenges to the ongoing competitiveness of the industry in Virginia, including how the Commonwealth measures up in terms of affordable and available energy, workforce, taxes and regulation, and cost.
  2. Bolster NVTC's representation on behalf of data center and critical IT infrastructure companies, especially in the area of state public policy advocacy.
  3. Promote policies and initiatives to increase data center investment and expansion throughout Virginia.
The Task Force concluded with a consensus that energy issues were a top priority for the data center community. Specifically of concern was the cost of power, stability of prices and future predictability of rates, the reliability of energy capacity and future generating capacity, energy infrastructure, and the methods by which energy is generated.