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Julie Albright

Coming Untethered: Digital Natives and the Changing Workforce

University of Southern California

7:00am - 7:50am 50 mins
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Continental Breakfast & Networking - Sponsored by Electronic Transport
7:00am - 6:00pm 660 mins
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8:00am - 9:00am 60 mins
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Keynote Programming
Coming Untethered: Digital Natives and the Changing Workforce
  • Speaker Julie Albright - Digital Sociologist, University of Southern California

The ubiquity of mobile devices has changed not only how we communicate, but also has resulted in significant behavioral and values changes among younger digital natives. These values and behaviors are beginning to show up in the workplace, including a desire for “bring your own device” and open social media policies, as well as a desire for flexible and remote work options. These shifting values are beginning to spread to older workers as well, leaving managers at a loss for how to respond. Device connectivity is also changing interpersonal communications, leaving workers with a marked deficit in the “soft skills” so important to an organization. This can cause unforeseen conflicts among remote and in-house workers. This keynote will address these changing values and behaviors of untethered workers, and the impacts on the data center industry.


9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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IT Infrastructure Technologies
New UPS Batteries - Keep Up So You Can Keep on Backin’ Up
  • Speaker Dan Lambert - Senior Product Manager, ZincFive

New back-up battery chemistries are driving a shift in the market because of desirable new capabilities. But how do you safely and reliably deploy for best outcomes? UPS users need to understand the battery standards and practices in order to make decisions on where, when and how to deploy these different battery chemistries. Standards for recommended practices are changing even for traditional battery chemistries and additional standards are being developed for the new chemistries. This presentation will give users the knowledge they need about current and new battery chemistry standards that guide best practices in the use of stationary batteries. Battery chemistries covered include multiple lead-acid types, lithium-ion and nickel-zinc. The good news is that industry and standards organizations are staying on top of the sea-change in stationary battery chemistries. Recommended best practices and the standards behind them from the IEEE, UL and NFPA will be covered.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Data Center Strategies & Delivery Models
The Evolution of Rapid Data Center Deployment
  • Speaker Hector Diaz - Strategic Director – Mission Critical Sector, Intermountain Electronics, Inc.

The construction of large scale colocation data centers has been accelerating globally and in particular in the US. Lowering construction capital expenses, improving infrastructure utilization, and better scalability are all important to data center operators. They have found the “sweet spot” for data center build-outs that fully leverage economies of scale. Given colocation vendors do not see a revenue stream until their first tenant moves in, time to market is imperative. The use of factory-built, pre-assembled data center modules or “building blocks” has been at the forefront of achieving rapid data center deployments. It has resulted in significant cost reductions over "stick-built" facilities — and a corresponding drop in colocation pricing over the last few years. This session explores choices in deploying functional building blocks (power distribution and cooling building blocks) with particular attention to their form factor (containerized vs. skid mounted).

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Next-Generation Technologies
Edge Computing: Building the Network of the Future
  • Moderator Yevgeniy Sverdlik - Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Knowledge
  • Speaker Cole Crawford - CEO and Founder, Vapor IO
  • Speaker Lance Crosby - CEO and Chairman, StackPath
  • Speaker Ihab Tarazi - CTO, Packet

The gazillion breathless blog posts about the edge computing “revolution” can easily obscure the fact that very little edge computing infrastructure is actually being built today. That’s true at least for the kind of edge infrastructure that promises to underpin autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, and other applications of the future. The deployments to date have been pilot projects, as companies (mostly the big telcos) try to understand how exactly this new architecture can help them. Should enterprise data center teams even care about edge at this point? We think they should. But the best way to understand whether you should or shouldn’t care about edge computing is to hear about it from people on the ground. The speakers on this panel spend most of their waking hours on the frontlines of this new infrastructure buildout. They’ve all been leading thinkers and technologists in the data center and cloud industry, and today they are writing its next chapter.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Design, Build, Operate & Control 1
The Power of Data to Change Data Center Operations
  • Speaker Bill Skinner - Operations Services Manager, Bloomberg LP

Bloomberg’s 5,000 software engineers have a mission to architect and deploy systems that fulfill the needs of leading global financial market participants. My basic day-to-day responsibility is to ensure the data center rubber meets the road by managing several 24/7 groups that keep the lights on and provide the first line of defense against problems. We use data to help do that, and you should, too.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 1
Digitizing Data Center Infrastructure Management Using SDX (Software Defined Everything)
  • Speaker Ashish Nanjiani - IT Director, CISCO

The world is getting digitized at a rate never seen before. Digitization is driving not only the emergence of a new era of companies but also disruption of many established companies. Only those businesses that can transform quickly will survive. Transformation needs to happen in every department of a company including the data center. Today,  customers have a choice to select their infrastructure provider. They can either select a public service provider or select their internal IT provider. Key differentiation factors are speed and experience. The only way to achieve speed, reduce cost, and enhance the overall experience is by digitizing every process and technology, including transforming people. In this session, you will learn how Cisco IT transformed itself via its SDX (software-defined everything) program and the value/benefit achieved through this transformational journey. The audience will learn which key technology, process, people, and organization changes Cisco IT underwent to drive the transformation.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 2
Improving Efficiency, Reliability and Life-Time Cost of Data Centers Using DC Technology
  • Speaker Abdullah Alharbi - Data Center Engineering Specialist, Saudi Aramco

This session presents a real case study that compares AC and DC technologies for powering a typical data center and outlines the main advantages and limitations of each technology. The study aims in providing an analysis which will cover genuine figures about both technologies. A comprehensive analysis was conducted to evaluate the advantages of utilizing DC grid technology to power up data centers. The study presents an energy efficiency analysis which has been conducted for an existing AC powered data center and compared against a similar-in-kind modeled DC powered data center via utilizing simulation software. Moreover, the study examines the life time cost of AC & DC data centers in which energy efficiency, foot print, Capex and Opex analysis were conducted and the resulted saving in monetary value was calculated.

10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
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IT Infrastructure Technologies
Optimizing SSD Storage Technology to Address the New Data Center Landscape
  • Speaker Shahar Noy - Senior Director of Product Marketing for Data Center Storage Solutions, Marvell Semiconductor Inc.

Cloud and enterprise data centers are destined to become increasingly virtualized - needing to deal simultaneously with the demands of multiple tenants and supporting an array of workloads. So the way their storage resources are implemented clearly needs to change dramatically. In most cases data centers’ processing and networking capabilities are relatively underutilized, while data storage hardware is being pushed to its limits. Overcoming this issue will need a disaggregated approach, with the storage element separated from processing and networking elements. By doing this, higher degrees of utilization, along with accelerated data throughput and fully deterministic operation will be derived. The proposed presentation will show how disaggregation of data storage can be enabled via NVMe-over-Fabric technology. Details will be given of how this allows SSD architectures to be optimized for specific workload characteristics - in terms of performance, power budget and cost of ownership.

10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
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Data Center Strategies & Delivery Models
How to Plan for Colocation: Supplementing On-Premises & Stairway to Cloud
  • Speaker Kirk Killian - President, Partners National Mission Critical Facilities

Understanding how to strategically plan, evaluate and select colocation will enable a wise data center manager to guide his company to intelligently procure colocation as a supplement to on-premises data centers and a pathway to public cloud adoption. Forward-thinking data center managers who understand new delivery models like colocation and cloud enhance their value to their organizations, while those who only preserve the status quo sometimes get left behind.  This session explores ways wise DC managers can formulate and execute strategies for colocation use (and understand when it shouldn’t be used) to enhance organizational and professional value.

10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
Next-Generation Technologies
The Emerging Era of Cognitive Security
  • Speaker Sean Brown - Senior Manager, IBM
10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
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Design, Build, Operate & Control 1
Challenges with Firestopping and Airflow Containment in Data Centers
  • Speaker Chris Kusel - Global Engineering Director, Hilti

During a building fire, flames and smoke travel through gaps created by penetrations through floor and wall assemblies. Fire protection containment systems help restore the integrity of these assemblies to reduce risk of facility damage. However, is there a connection between the systems used to seal these penetrations and a building's overall performance ... beyond firestopping? Could firestop systems impact airflow and help improve efforts to pressurize a data hall for proper function of suppression systems or even help improve energy efficiency? What do owners and designers need to know to address these issues? This presentation will address these questions.

10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
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Design, Build, Operate & Control 2
Stranded Capacity: The Silent Killer of Data Centers
  • Speaker Christian Pruett - Director, Data Center Services, Arrow Electronics Inc.

According to a recent Business Insider publication, companies are wasting over $62 billion in paying for data center and cloud capacity they don't need.  Companies and organizations are routinely limited in their data center capabilities because of squandered power, cooling, and space within their facilities. This stranded capacity is slowly choking data centers, preventing IT, Real Estate, and Facilities teams from being able to effectively use their technology spaces. In this session, Christian Pruett will share about challenges people face with stranded capacity in their facilities.  He will identify some of the most common causes of wasted resources, share strategies and tactics for addressing stranded capacity issues, and teach attendees how to holistically view data centers to maximize efficiency and minimize costs through waste.

10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
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Resource Efficiency & Cost Control 1
Cannabis Grow Facilities Applying Data Center Technology (Three Case Studies)
  • Speakers Michael Fluegeman - Principal, Director of Engineering, PlanNet
  • Jim Strano - Vice President/ Principal, PlanNet

Cannabis grow facilities utilize rapidly evolving technology, much of which is familiar to the data center industry. This session includes 3 case studies: an outdoor facility in CA and indoor facilities in CA and MA. Many configurations are viable, including one resembling Yahoo's notorious chicken coop data center. Significant and reliable electrical power and purified water is required. Precision control and timing of lighting color and intensity, light deprivation, temperature and humidity is key to high-value yield. Boilers warm RO water and cooling technology ranges from custom CRAC units to water-wall evaporative cooling. Backup generators and ATSs are deployed. Critical systems are commissioned. Whereas IT equipment does not produce humidity or attract insects, plants do. Infrastructure failures can result in $150,000 of crop value loss. Speed to market, energy efficiency, effective seed-to-sale tracking for regulatory compliance and security drive the bottom line.

10:20am - 11:20am 60 mins
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Product Information Tech Talk Session
Product Information Tech Talk Session: Building Hyperscale Data Center in Space Using "Storage in Motion" Technology - LyteLoop
  • Speaker Ohad Harlev - CEO, LyteLoop

Session details coming soon.

11:20am - 12:20pm 60 mins
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