Telecoms, Media & Technology is part of the Knowledge and Networking Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Informa
7:00am - 7:50am 50 mins
Networking
Breakfast for All Access Pass Holders - Sponsored by Electronic Transport
7:00am - 6:00pm 660 mins
Registration
Registration Open
8:00am - 11:30am 210 mins
Info
Data Center Strategies & Delivery Models
All Access Pass Workshop: The 25kW Challenge! A Workshop in Achievable Energy Reduction
  • Speaker Kevin Kent - Data Center Operations Manager, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Did you know that by 2020 data center energy consumption will reach nearly 73 billion kW per year -- producing a carbon footprint equal to the United States airline industry? You can improve efficiency and reliability of your facility, free up capacity, extend equipment useful life, and increase redundancy!

In this workshop, the creator of AFCOM’s 25kW Challenge will show you how to track your total load kW, IT load kW, and facility load kW and calculate the energy savings to meet a 25kW reduction goal. It’s all about starting with smaller, achievable goals and creating a sustainable culture in the organization that leads to longer term, bigger impacts.

8:00am - 11:30am 210 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 1
All Access Pass Workshop: Fundamentals of Data Center Design - Soup to Servers!
  • Speaker Carrie Goetz - Global Technology Director, Paige DataCom

If you had to start a data center from scratch, would you know what to do? Would you know how to support the IT kit? Would you know how to evaluate the space for the data center? This workshop starts at the beginning and provides detailed insight into the things you would need to know to be more familiar with the design and support of the data center. What would you change? We will look at both facilities and IT topics that are relevant to all professionals at any stage of design. If you are planning on moving forward with industry certifications or just want to broaden your horizons for your career, this session is for you. Learn design, procurement, and implementation strategies. We’ll create a comprehensive checklist with input from audience participation.

8:00am - 11:30am 210 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 2
All Access Pass Workshop: Co-Location Bootcamp: Everything You Need to Know to Get it Right
  • Speakers Kirk Killian - President, Partners National Mission Critical Facilities

Whether you’re designing a data center from the ground up or trying to determine how a co-location strategy fits into your current planning, it’s imperative to have the right information and the right tools to avoid making costly mistakes. In this workshop, our experts provide valuable insight into decision making on cloud strategies, workload provisioning, site selection, partnering, and more.

With a hands-on, interactive approach, workshop attendees will apply real-world best practices to their own data center strategies to create actionable plans for bringing back to the office.

11:30am - 12:30pm 60 mins
Networking
Lunch for All Access Pass Holders
12:30pm - 12:55pm 25 mins
Networking
New Attendee Welcome & Orientation
1:00pm - 2:00pm 60 mins
Info
IT Infrastructure Technologies
State of Emergency Preparedness - What's Needed to Ensure 24/7 Power During an Emergency
  • Speakers Steve Burris - President, Petroleum Recovery Services
  • William Richards - President, Energy Technology Group
  • Larry Steckman - President, FOI Laboratory

Is the data center industry prepared with a comprehensive plan that will keep emergency power systems operational through the duration, continuance or existence of an emergency utilizing “an all hazards approach” as mandated  for the healthcare industry by CMS? To achieve this goal the existing fuel delivery infrastructure will have to be modified to compensate for fuel quality, flooding, corrosion and compliance issues. The session proposed would be a panel of experts in fuel and equipment to discuss known problems, review case studies, analytical data, different standards and other issues that will shape the equipment and methods to meet requirements of the future.

1:00pm - 2:00pm 60 mins
Info
Data Center Strategies & Delivery Models
Getting DCIM Right the First or Second Time Around: DirecTV's Case Study on the Industry's Struggles with DCIM
  • Speakers Peter Hunt - Senior Network Design Engineer, Entertainment Systems Labs, DCIMPro
  • Chris James - CEO, DCIMPro

For the last decade, the data center industry has struggled to successfully adopt DCIM software. DCIM solutions promised to drive out data center inefficiencies, help operators build a credible model for capacity planning, as well as tie together the IT and facilities management teams. Yet, the path to reaping those benefits could not be realized by simply purchasing software. As the messy work of implementation began, many organizations found that these tools would be more difficult to implement and more expensive than expected. Data Centers are data driving and we all rely on good manageable data, both historical and real time to make crucial decisions on growth, consolidation and migrations not to mention crisis management. In this session you will learn from the mistakes, adjustments and hindsight that DirecTV experienced in a two year plus battle to get DCIM working as a useful asset across multiple disciplines and departments.

1:00pm - 2:00pm 60 mins
Info
Next-Generation Technologies
GaN and Data Centers – A Small Change that Can Revolutionize the Industry
  • Speaker Alain Bismuth - Vice President Data Center Business, GaN Systems

We live in an increasingly ‘data and energy driven’ world that is following with an increasing reliance on data centers to handle the deluge of information that must be stored and processed. Data centers currently account for about 3% of the world’s energy use, a figure expected to quickly grow to 10%. Data center operators are faced with the challenge of making individual data centers more energy-efficient while increasing their compute capability. Lower energy costs as a result of reduced energy consumption could save them hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Gallium Nitride (GaN) power transistors will play a central role in this transition to greater energy efficiency by enabling the creation of smaller, lighter, lower cost, and more efficient power systems that are free from the limitations imposed by yesterday’s silicon-based solutions. GaN technology will enable data center operators improve their own bottom line and help transform an energy and data-dependent world.

1:00pm - 2:00pm 60 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 1
5 Ways MOPs Add Value to your Facility Excellence
  • Speaker Ajay Nagar - Founder and CEO, MOPstar

Method of Procedure (MOP) is a must-have tool for critical facility management to maintain control over and gain visibility into their facility. Twenty-four percent (24%) of data center outages are caused by human error and 80% are directly related to manual errors. Good MOPs help you minimize these human errors, reducing the likelihood of downtime, and enables you to promptly rectify any errors. It’s time to take MOPs beyond the traditional change control and documentation realm. Learn how to apply MOPs to improve efficiency, reduce risk, and gain operational excellence in your facility.

1:00pm - 2:00pm 60 mins
Info
Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 1
How to Save Money and the World with Your Building's Roof
  • Speakers Ryan Shinn - Western Group Marketing Director, CentiMark Corporation
  • Ralph McCorkle - Senior Project Manager, CentiMark

In this day and age, we hear a lot about saving energy and being "green," reducing pollution, saving the environment, and making the world a better place. For a long time people have thought that they could either make environmentally friendly choices or economic ones. But that is a false choice. There are many new technologies and innovations that will both make your building a more enjoyable place for those living around it and working in it, while also using your company's resources very wisely. Your roof is the biggest the largest part of your building and it is pointed straight at the sun and rain. That means that most important factor for saving money and reducing pollution is your roof. You'll learn about this, and how to make wise choices on your roof at this session.

1:00pm - 2:00pm 60 mins
Info
Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 2
Power Conditioning and Airflow Optimization: Improving Availability, Resiliency While Reducing Energy Demand
  • Speaker Andrew Graham - Director, Data Center Solutions, Critical Environments Group
  • Panelist Edward Adkisson - President: C3 Green Energy, C3 Green Energy LLC
  • Panelist Joe Landrette - Market Manager, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Panelist Christopher LoPilato - CEO, Onics Energy Solutions

When organizations first started evaluating greener data center infrastructure solutions, there was lots of hype surrounding improvements such as eco-mode UPS systems or evaporative cooling. While these previous green technologies improved efficiency, they may not have increased resiliency and/or sustainability. These issues can be resolved with power conditioning and improved airflow management – the next-generation of green technologies. For too long we’ve ignored the impact of power quality when it comes to non-UPS loads such as air handlers or LED lighting. We also haven’t addressed the harmonics created by non-linear IT loads downstream of our UPS systems that reduce efficiency and equipment longevity. Most think a data center is optimized if it meets ASHRAE’s minimum cooling guidelines. The reality is we can’t optimize what we haven’t measured and analyzed. Heat rejection equipment is also often overlooked. Static regain diffusers, for example, can draw air through heat rejection equipment using significantly less power.

2:10pm - 3:10pm 60 mins
Info
IT Infrastructure Technologies
Farm-to-Robot - Moving Security from a Silo into the Twenty-First Century
  • Speaker Joel Sprague - Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco

Too often, security is kept in a silo and considered separate from systems, network, etc. Malicious actors are moving faster every day, and defenders have to consider security at every step of the process, not just trying to tack it on at the end. Rather than creating a system, network or data center and then asking your security team to make that system secure, we all need to update our thoughts and incorporate security every step of the way. In this world of automation and orchestration, that means that security has to be part of the automation, not a separate step afterwards. This session will look at some tips and tricks on how to think in a security-minded matter, focusing on security for systems deployments, but looking at security as a whole.

2:10pm - 3:10pm 60 mins
Info
Data Center Strategies & Delivery Models
Exploring Data Center and Edge Solutions of the Future
  • Speaker Yuval Bachar - Principal Engineer, Data Center Global Architecture, LinkedIn

The Open19 Foundation is creating a new way to build data centers and edge solutions – one that engages a community in support of a cross-industry common server form factor, resulting in flexible, economical data center and edge solutions for operators of all sizes. The Open19 standard is already being deployed in data centers and numerous additional use-case scenarios are being explored. This presentation will feature unique case studies, an exploration of the technological evolution, and future development plans. It will also present the Foundation’s progress in the two years since its founding and examine deployment opportunities, potential build-outs, open-source accessibility and adoption in the rapidly growing edge and edge cloud.

2:10pm - 3:10pm 60 mins
Info
Professional Development
Transferring Knowledge: The Real In-House Training
  • Speaker Nate Josephs - Senior Manager - Data Center Operations, Parallel Technologies

Every data center is unique and has its own quirks. Each has its own distinctive mechanical & electrical topology, policies, processes, procedures, software etc. The unique insight gained on-site working within a data center is invaluable. Much of this knowledge required can’t be taught within a university or technical college. As new employees are brought on board, getting them trained within your particular data center and its quirks is imperative.  In this session, we’ll look at how this knowledge can be captured and transferred as well as some effective methods to get new staff members up to speed in no time.

2:10pm - 3:10pm 60 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 1
Maintenance is Risky: Here’s How to Expose Risk…and Consequences Before You Take Action
  • Speaker Cliff Federspiel - Founder, President and CTO, Vigilent

Ever get stressed when you take a piece of equipment offline for maintenance? Maintenance is risky, regardless of how well you analyze your redundancies and predictive failure abilities. Understanding the consequence of failure is the key to more effective management. This talk outlines the perspective of two major data center operators as they incorporated consequence analysis into their maintenance planning. Knowing if it's safe to stop a cooling unit, or several simultaneously, prior to taking any action is useful. Knowing the business consequence of that action, by knowing exactly which racks will be affected and how, is transformative. Few maintenance activities trigger emergencies, but the ones that do can be catastrophic. Knowing the risks in advance let you address them in advance with infrastructure changes or spot cooling. Combining dynamic modeling, analytics, and machine learning can be the key to unlocking the consequences of failure, and providing the path to avoid it.

2:10pm - 3:10pm 60 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 2
Air Quality in Data Centers: People vs. The Machines
  • Speaker Christopher Muller - Technical Director, Global Mission Critical Technology Manager, Purafil, Inc.

Indoor air quality is mostly associated with health and well-being of humans. However, in mission critical facilities, IAQ is being scrutinized less for humans and more for the health of the critical IT/datacom equipment. Free cooling is a standard design approach for many companies and higher allowable temperatures for IT/datacom equipment allows it to be used in many locations. This has led to energy savings and lower operational costs, but at the cost of equipment reliability. In addition to climatic conditions , other factors come into play, e.g., local and regional air quality. Regulatory changes are causing higher failure rates for electronic equipment located in regions with high air pollution levels. As use of free cooling expands, even locations with good outdoor air quality are experiencing higher failure rates. This doesn’t mean that free cooling should not be considered where feasible; additional steps are required to assure reliable operation of datacom equipment.

2:10pm - 3:10pm 60 mins
Info
Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 1
For Most Data Centers, Liquid and Air Cooling Will Not be Mutually Exclusive
  • Speaker Lars Strong - Senior Engineer, Upsite Technologies Inc.

A recent report from Technavio indicates that the adoption of liquid-based cooling is high, as it is considered more efficient than air-based cooling. Globally liquid-based cooling is expected to grow at a remarkable rate through 2020, posting a CAGR of almost 16% during the forecast period. So, why is this level of adoption happening? Increasing rack densities lead by high performance computing (HPC) and the quest to improve efficiency are driving an increase in liquid cooling design strategies and deployment. While still relatively sparse, liquid cooling will become more prevalent, but this does not mean the end of air cooling. In this session, we’ll discuss how to implement liquid cooling while maintaining appropriate air-cooling conditions and fully realize efficiency gains. Lastly, we’ll discuss how to get started and get ahead of the market when it comes to improving cooling efficiency.

3:10pm - 3:40pm 30 mins
Networking
Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Electronic Transport
3:40pm - 4:40pm 60 mins
Info
Data Center Strategies & Delivery Models
To Ops or Not To Ops – That Is The Question
  • Siva Perubotla - Global Delivery Head – Digital Infrastructure Services, Brillio

The era of digital transformation is now and with that in mind, the cloud has become central to the IT strategy of every organization. With year over year growth of over 25% in IT expenses, cloud computing is critical to the successful implementation of digital transformation to streamline operations and significantly reducing the costs for “keeping the lights on.” With DevOps on cloud, the line between the development and operations team is blurred and there is a focused push towards “NoOPs” by completely automating the deployment, monitoring and management of applications and the infrastructure. This push has started a debate in the industry on the future of IT Operations. Siva Perubotla, AVP Brillio, will discuss the future IT Ops and how to be prepared, as we rapidly sail into this yet unchartered territory.

3:40pm - 4:40pm 60 mins
Info
Next-Generation Technologies
Understanding Persistent Connectivity: How IoT and Data Will Impact the Connected Data Center
  • Speaker Bill Kleyman - Director of Technology Solutions, EPAM Systems

We live in a persistently connected society. Once siloed, remote, inaccessible, and mostly underutilized data has become essential to our society and our individual lives. In fact, IDC estimates that by 2025, nearly 20% of the data in the global datasphere will be critical to our daily lives and nearly 10% of that will be hypercritical. Here's the reality - this isn't only impacting our lives; but it's changing our data centers as well. We're seeing smarter systems, integrated DCIM tools, IoT in the data center, even rack-level device connectivity.  In this session, we're going to define IoT, analyze the core components of connected devices, how data is being generated, and where this all will impact and change the data center.

3:40pm - 4:40pm 60 mins
Info
Professional Development
How To Advance Your Data Center Career
  • Speaker John Parker - Disaster Recovery and Global Data Center Operations Management, ESRI

This session is geared towards anyone wanting to determine and/or advance their career including advancing into senior management. Do you want to advance your career to be a manager or a leader? Which of those are you? Can you be both? Do you want to improve your skills? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should attend this session. John will also share his 30 years of successful mentoring, training, observations, and experience.

3:40pm - 4:40pm 60 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 1
Colocation: Introduction to Site Selection & Agreement Negotiation
  • Alan Howard - Sr. Research Analyst, Cloud & Colocation Data Centers, IHS Markit

The majority of colocation tenants engage colocation service providers and negotiate their own terms and agreements. Those tenants with experience procuring colocation space have learned the hard way how to identify the hurdles and pitfalls of the process. This session will provide an introduction to the process and details needed to execute an agreement that best supports data center operations integrity. Site selection seems simple enough, but the process needs to include internal drivers and barriers to data center decision making, deployment market options, service provider integrity, specific facility qualifications, network connectivity options, and others. Contract and SLA terms negotiation requires an understanding of colocation billing models, market rates, generally accepted lease or MSA terms, power rates and options, etc. Attendees will gain a better understanding for developing a colocation procurement process and strategy.

3:40pm - 4:40pm 60 mins
Info
Design, Build, Operate & Control 2
Merging Information Technologies (IT) and Operations Technologies (OT) for Better Resource Efficiency and Cost Control
  • Speaker Duraid AlJailawi, P.Eng - Director of Engineering, Mission Critical Solutions

Traditionally, data centers used to operate in silos. Operation Technology team (OT) looks after cooling, power, fiber optic, and security aspect of the data center, while Information Technology team (IT) looks after production servers, operating systems, and business continuity. This model has been around for decades. It worked well for legacy data centers. However, Edge computing, IoT, AI, and cloud computing have put more pressure on data center managers to work more efficiently and re-think the “silo models. With shortage of qualified and trained professionals, the “silos” model does not working anymore. This merging of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) is a critical challenge for many organizations. However, breaking down these silos is essential to drive resource efficiency and cut cost. This presentation shall discuss lesson learned, challenges, and benefits of blending IT and OT in one cohesive team.

3:40pm - 4:40pm 60 mins
Info
Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 1
No Compressor, No Problem! A New Way to Efficiently Scale Your Data Center, Minimize Energy Use and Maximize Free Cooling Hours
  • Speaker Mike Lawler - General Sales Manager, DataAire
  • Speaker Gary Orazio - President, Swanson Rink

This presentation touches upon three types of economizers, air-cooled, water-cooled, and dry-cooled; and briefly discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each. The bulk of the presentation consists of an in-depth look at water cooled economizers applied to packaged DX CRAC equipment. Properly designed systems of this type deliver compressorless cooling hours that are orders of magnitude greater than those hours delivered by dry coolers with pumped water or pumped refrigerant economizers. Today’s computer room air conditioning (CRAC) equipment utilize redesigned DX coils, custom chilled water coils, oversized water cooled condensers, and custom piping circuits to minimize energy use and maximize run time hours without the use of compressors. Combining these advances with the use of variable speed EC fans and VFD driven compressors in the CRAC units, and with variable speed condenser water pumps, delivers one of the best annual PUE values of any system available today.

4:50pm - 6:00pm 70 mins
Networking
Speed Networking
6:30pm - 8:00pm 90 mins
Networking
Organized Networking Dinners
8:00pm - 10:00pm 120 mins
Networking
Women in Data Centers Meet-up