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Chris Buerger

Hyperscale Computing – An Inflection Point for Data Centers

Intel Corporation

7:00am - 7:50am 50 mins
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Continental Breakfast & Networking - Sponsored by Electronic Transport
7:00am - 4:30pm 570 mins
Registration Open
8:00am - 9:00am 60 mins
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Hyperscale Computing – An Inflection Point for Data Centers
  • Speaker Chris Buerger - Head of Customer Success, Intel Rack Scale Design, Intel Corporation

Location: 120AB

Chris Buerger, head of the customer success team for Intel's data center solutions group, says we are going to need new data architectures that can scale to meet the demands of a range of data analytics workloads while accelerating the development of the data models that will drive these new applications. Buerger explains that in this new role, data centers will become teachers for factories of robots, fleets of autonomous vehicles, and new Bio/IT labs all performing feats that were recently considered science fiction; to turn unprecedented quantities of data into real-time decision making.



9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Is Your Data Center Prepared for Disaster? Eight Key Steps to Create a Successful Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Speaker Jeff Gilmer - Senior Partner and Vice President, Excipio Consulting, LLC

Location: 126ABC

This discussion focuses on an organization's ability to recover from an outage which can be loss of a single technology or a catastrophic event. Learn methods to determine which of the various disaster recovery solutions (internal data center, colocation, cloud, etc.) are best for your organization. Understand a successful methodology which includes key steps to building an appropriate DR solution, and how to identify and rank your organization's critical technology services. This presentation will also address risks related to data center geography, how to properly measure capacity, impacts of IT virtualization, and the differences between risk, operational compliance, and a business impact analysis.


9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Workshop on iMason’s New Metric: Data Center Performance Index (DCPI)
  • Speaker Mark Monroe - Principle Engineer, Microsoft
  • Speaker Julie Brokaw - Executive Director, j.b. Brokaw
  • Speaker Sarah Keller - Director of Technology Sourcing and Supply Chain, Uber

Location: 124AB

Data center customers have a problem. IT professionals are demanding a more transparent and standardized view into facility performance. There is no standard way to objectively evaluate the actual performance of a data center. For homes, cars, even food, there is a standard way to measure performance. iMasons DCPI is a first step towards providing objective facility comparisons that begin to unravel the complexity of competing metrics so owners and operators can truly showcase their A+ data centers. Learn how DCPI was developed, who is using it, and what value it might have in your infrastructure search. Then, workshop with your colleagues and contribute to the development of the metric. This interactive session will be used to update the DCPI paper and shape the way the industry uses the metric.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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The Slow Death of the Public Network
  • Adil Attlassy - Chief Technology Officer, Compass Datacenters

Location: 122BC

The public network has held up well over the years, but today's latency intensive cloud-delivered applications are taking their toll. In this presentation, Compass Datacenters' CEO, Chris Crosby, will examine the current status of the public network and the alternatives that are arising to take its place. Among the topics included in this discussion will be the reason for the public network's decline, the future successors to the PN and their requirements and how major cloud providers will become their own network providers. The presentation will also explore the unique obstacles that providers will need to address in the development and operation of their private network structures.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Advanced Techniques for Career Empowerment and Development
  • Michael Milutis - Head Capital Development, Computer Aid Inc.

Location: 123

In the first half of this session, Michael Milutis will explain why self-knowledge is such a critical success factor in the modern technology workspace, while exploring the key personal questions to which everyone must find answers in order to advance their careers. Michael will walk you through this process and then demonstrate how one's learning strategy, networking strategy, and personal branding strategy all flow logically from the answers. The objective of the first half of this session is to help attendees get clarity on their goals and career objectives.


The second half of this session will be based on Michael’s experiences as a marketing executive for an international technology company. Michael will give you tactics gleaned from 20 years of marketing experience and will teach you how to implement such marketing best practices into your own personal career development so that you can bring your goals and objectives into reality.


Attendees will walk away with a roadmap for becoming more fulfilled and self-actualized and for positively transforming their careers.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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Making the Case for Base-8 Cabling
  • Speaker Tom Hodson - Solutions Architect, Total Cable Solutions

Location: 125AB

With the addition of all the new high-speed network options this past year, no wonder it's easy to get confused on how best to prepare your fiber infrastructure to handle it. The good news is you get to re-use some of your cable plant for these newer technologies. The bad news is many of those legacy patch panels and cables in your data center will finally make a trip to the dumpster. Developing a base-8 fiber backbone for your "go forward" connectivity has many advantages to help future proof your data center as well as support the many new high-speed ports that are out on the market. We'll explore the current state of affairs for fiber port speeds as it relates to the data center and look at the advantages that a Base-8 cabling approach can meet today's and tomorrow's challenges.

9:10am - 10:10am 60 mins
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If It's Free Cooling, Then Why Am I Paying So Much?
  • Speaker Gary Johnson, Jr., PE, CxA - Partner, TiePoint-bkm Engineering, LLC

Location: 121AB

The project team for a new data center in central Colorado wanted to take advantage of the dry climate, so indirect evaporative cooling (IEC) seemed a perfect fit. Site constraints and owner’s project requirements limited the available mechanical options, however. Packaged IEC equipment was not a viable solution, so the team chose to use enhanced closed-circuit fluid coolers as the primary cooling source. This approach allowed for the mechanical system to operate in FREE COOLING mode for 80% of the year, providing an annualized PUE of approximately 1.4. This was not achieved without a cost, however. The design team is now working with the owner on several control strategies to create a balance between energy savings and water utilization…in an effort to minimize the cost of “FREE COOLING.”

10:10am - 10:40am 30 mins
Refreshment Break - Sponsored by Electronic Transport
10:40am - 11:40am 60 mins
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Mission Critical Commissioning vs. Traditional Commissioning – What’s The Difference?”
  • Farris Shaheen - Principal, Morrison Hershfield

Location: 124AB

Is there really a difference between traditional commissioning and commissioning for Mission Critical? Find out in this session where Farris Shaheen examines a typical commissioning process and takes participants on a step-by-step journey through the commissioning process for Mission Critical. He will highlight differences, answer common “how-to” queries and review an actual Mission Critical commissioning plan using real life examples to support the discussion.
The session will include details regarding planning and design, multi-level testing, installation and post acceptance phases of a typical Mission Critical commissioning process. The goal is to clearly illustrate the ways in which Mission Critical commissioning differs from other building commissioning processes, outline unique challenges and communicate how doing it right can help ensure that Mission Critical systems perform as designed.

10:40am - 11:40am 60 mins
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Battery Tech Training: A 10-Year Perspective for the Preparation and Delivery of a Battery Technician Training Curriculum
  • Speaker Edward Rafter - Senior Associate, George Butler Associates

Location:123

This session will present a summary of the success and challenges in the preparation and implementation of  training based on IEEE 1657. The IEEE document defines the areas of recommended knowledge for installers and maintainers of stationary batteries and related systems to the extent that they affect the battery. The purpose of the IEEE document is to provide an outline of the necessary items that should be covered by those developing training programs for stationary battery installation and maintenance personnel.

10:40am - 11:40am 60 mins
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Latest Developments in Data Center Sensor-Based Tracking
  • Moderator Tim Buckley - Executive V.P., rfidCollect LLC
  • Speaker Andrew Jimenez - VP Technology, Anixter
  • Speaker Bruno Riegl - Finance and Technology Executive, Swiftsure Group, LLC

Location: 122BC

Data center professionals are typically among the first to deploy new technologies. However, the data center industry may be lagging behind when it comes to the latest in RFID tags and other sensors. Learn how data center operators and other industries have simplified and centralized data collection generated by low-cost sensor-based tracking programs used for safety protocols, maintenance activities, creating and maintaining audit trails for regulatory compliance, and triggering immediate alerts and notifications for activities that may be out of environmental ranges or handled in ways outside of acceptable parameters. Case studies include uses in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, retail, and the food chain.

10:40am - 11:40am 60 mins
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Availability Analysis for Data Center Evaluation
  • Speaker Juan Orosco - Vice President of Engineering Services, Sanveo, Inc.

Location: 125AB

The discussion will start with a description of the process and level of detail that is required for various types of facility analysis from a simple design evaluation used to identify single points of failure to a full facility availability analysis. The presentation will continue by walking the audience through the process and required level of detail needed to perform a full facility availability analysis. Next the presentation will include a discussion about the calculations involved in this type of analysis and what the results mean. We will then discuss, using the previous discussed calculations, a number of approaches that can be pursued in order to improve facility availability. Finally this will be followed by a question and answer session.

10:40am - 11:40am 60 mins
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Liquid Immersion Cooling: Three Case Studies Show Compelling Data for Power Savings
  • Jack Kolar - Vice President, Mission Critical Products, TAS

Location: 121AB

As data equipment both becomes more powerful (more watts per processor) and more densely packed (more processing per rack), the use of a liquid system for cooling will get increasingly more attention. There must be at least one compelling reason to alter the existing thinking about having any liquid within the data space. One of the reasons might include the need for greater density of the data equipment, or it might be to reduce  the cost of cooling. Liquid cooling addresses both of these issues. The increase in density will depend on your hardware, and your results may vary. This presentation will directly report exactly how the power to cool your data is used, in different actual systems, from a large central plant to direct ambient-air-over, to direct liquid immersion. While you may leave the presentation not yet a convert of this new version of the technology, you will at least have seen the data showing why liquid immersion cooling should be considered.

10:40am - 11:40am 60 mins
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Smarter, Greener, Leaner: How Four Data Centers Improved Resource Efficiency and Cost Control

Learn how customers are managing data center complexity by simplifying rack management and driving inefficiency our of data centers. Topics that will be addressed: Major challenges facing IT leaders when it comes to properly monitoring and controlling data center resources; understanding new solutions aimed at reducing complexity while improving data center operations and infrastructure visibility; how four data centers are using intelligent management solutions like: High-Density Power Deployed – deploying 30KW cabinets with limited space; Colo Deployment – confidently manage remote data centers globally; Capacity Utilization – benchmark and roll-out IT devices effectively and quickly; Data Center Consolidation – reliably add, move, and change assets.



12:00pm - 1:00pm 60 mins
Lunch & Networking
12:00pm - 1:00pm 60 mins
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Women in Data Center Luncheon
  • Moderator Mercy Manning - VP of Sales, Aligned Energy
  • Speaker Janice Klinke - Business Systems Analyst, US Bank
  • Speaker Melanie Heimer - Data Center Manager, Northwestern Mutual
  • Speaker Charisse Richards - CIO, Iron Mountain

Location: 124AB

PPT Download

12:45pm - 4:30pm 225 mins
Exhibit Hall Open + Expo-Only Pass Day
1:00pm - 3:30pm 150 mins
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Data Center Knowledge Stage Activities

12:45 - 1:05 p.m.

Lessons Learned from Leaders Lab: Predictive Analytics (NY/NJ)

John O'Connor, Bloomberg LLP


1:10 – 1:30 p.m.

Data Center Public Utility Incentives and Rebates

John Parker, Esri

Greg Stover, VERTIV


1:35 - 1:55 p.m.

Preparing for the Future of Blockchain Data Centers

Travis Ely, Bitmain


2:00 – 2:20 p.m.

The Future of Data Center Operations is Lights Out

Anthony DeSpirito, Schneider Electric


3:00 – 3:25 p.m.

“Facility Feud!”


4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Booth Awards and Raffle Drawing 

1:30pm - 2:30pm 60 mins
Dessert Reception in Exhibit Hall Lounge
5:00pm - 6:30pm 90 mins
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Closing Networking Reception

Location: Hyatt Garden Court - Level 3 (Hyatt Hotel)