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Data Center World’s programming is focused around six core tracks that are vital to every data center facilities and IT infrastructure professional. Our sessions provide real-world examples and strategies that address the major challenges affecting the data center industry, from basics to expert level education. 


Design, Build, Operate, and Automate
Design, Build, Operate, and Automate

Whether your company is still at the design process for your data center or considering a cost-improving retrofit, this track will help you understand the latest options in such areas as site selection, build vs. upgrade, capacity optimization, automation, DCIM, and disaster recovery – everything you need to know from the design, build, operate, and control phases of data center operation and management. Learn how to:

  • Decide where to locate your resources for maximum availability and efficiency
  • Leverage analytics for improved operation
  • Choose preventive vs. predictive maintenance for reliable outcomes
Optimizing Data Center Performance and Delivery
Optimizing Data Center Performance and Delivery

How do you choose which models for delivering data center processes are right for your business? With choices like on-premises, co-location, cloud services, hyperscale, and edge computing, making the right call and optimal combinations is critical. In this track, our experts will provide insight into both existing and evolving strategies for data center design that best suit your enterprise and business strategies. Learn how to:

  • Decide on the right models for your company, and how to make those decisions
  • Choose the right ratio of on-premise vs. cloud platforms, and determine which applications are best for each environment
  • Get IT and facilities working together to address cost, performance, security, and availability issues for everyone
Data Center IT Infrastructure and Platforms
Data Center IT Infrastructure and Platforms

For many, the lifeblood of the data center are the compute, storage, networking, and software that makes up the backbone of your centralized computing operations. In this track, our experts provide insight into the IT components of the data center and how to integrate, manage, and optimize their performance. As the data center expands to include co-location, edge computing, and cloud services, you’ll need a better understanding of how technology and platforms will be impacted and make decisions on how best to design and place these resources for maximum performance. Learn how to:

  • Determine the right server capacity for your infrastructure and workload needs
  • Decide if a converged infrastructure or distributed approach makes sense for your business
  • Optimize your workloads with the most advanced IT infrastructure and platform approach

Mission Critical Facilities and Energy Management
Mission Critical Facilities and Energy Management

Whether your data center responsibilities involve facilities or IT, you’ll need to know the impact of your technology decisions on mission critical facilities like power, cooling, generators, UPS systems, cabling, telecom, networks, and physical security. Your data center’s reliability and uptime depend on excellent execution of all aspects of facilities. In this track, our experts will discuss the technologies, strategies, and systems that support data center operations and ensure you’re operating efficiently and keeping costs down. Learn how to:

  • Ensure IT and facilities are working hand-in-glove when planning a new build or site expansion
  • Keep energy costs down despite the demands for more and faster compute power
  • Evaluate leading edge approaches to cooling, airflow, cabling, and energy distribution
Data Center Essentials
Data Center Essentials

This track isn’t just for the rookies! Everyone needs professional development, and our experts in this track offer no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts education and training on all aspects of data center operation and management so you can either learn about unfamiliar technologies and concepts, or brush up on some of your existing skills. From primers on edge computing and DCIM to how-to sessions on data center design, you’ll be able to improve your understanding across all aspects of the data center. Learn how to:

  • Break out of your comfort zone and expand your opportunities for career advancement
  • Better understand how operations outside your area of responsibility impact your own decisions
  • Improve your prospects for career advancement by shoring up your knowledge of important data center concepts
Data Center Planning for Innovation
Data Center Planning for Innovation

Whether it’s the near future of a few months from now, or a glimpse into the years ahead, this track will help you determine how the data center is evolving, with deep dives into emerging technologies and data center design concepts. Learn from our experts how such technologies as AI, predictive analytics, advancements in cooling, and IoT are going to shape your decision making in the days ahead. Whether you’re currently planning to invest in these advancements or just curious to see where things are headed, be proactive and get yourself educated now. Learn how to:

  • Foresee the impacts of emerging technologies on your current data center operations
  • Leverage new concepts to improve data center efficiency and automation
  • Make smarter purchasing decisions based on a better understanding of the future

What's New for 2020

The data center is in an escalating state of transition. With so many industries’ survival depending on the efficient running of data centers – healthcare, government, law enforcement, education, research, manufacturing, and more – now is a critical time for the community to connect and learn best practices. Data Center World 2020: A Virtual Experience will bring together 75+ leading experts and hundreds of your peers for the most up-to-the-minute education, ample networking and benefits that you won’t find anywhere else, including:

  • Hear from top industry analysts from Omdia offering a comprehensive look into the technologies, trends, & best practices dominating the data center market
  • Tracks and sessions that have been updated to reflect the evolution of data center technologies and the issues that have risen to the top of the priority list, including how to respond and pivot to the challenges created by COVID-19.
  • Eleven deep dive case study sessions presented by practitioners from all parts of the data center. These first-person accounts will cover such topics as edge computing, co-location, DCIM, and disaster recovery, among others.
  • With our virtual platform, you can access all six workshops. We’re covering the nuts and bolts of all the latest technologies disrupting the data center ecosystem. Reduce energy consumption, save money, and conserve the environment with our Energy Evaluation workshop. Plus improve leadership, strategy and innovation!
  • Exclusive access to the UPDATED State of the Data Center annual report with new insight based on the impact of COVID-19 and ways to respond and pivot to these unprecedented challenges
  • For this year's Women in Data Center Meet-Up, we’re partnering with AchieveUnite to discuss issues pertaining to women in data centers, including opportunities for advancement, network building, and leadership. All  attendees will receive $300 off the cost of a seat in a future ACE leadership program, and one lucky attendee will win a free seat worth $1,800. Open to all Data Center World attendees
  • A new convenient virtual format and platform that offer attendees unlimited opportunities to message and network with peers, speakers, analysts

Who Should Attend?

Get connected with industry peers who share your technology and business challenges, experts with answers to your questions and technology providers with solutions for your enterprise.

Our attendees come from all parts of the Data Center business: 

- IT Infrastructure/Management
- Facilities Management
- Engineers, Architects, Consultants
- Operations, Network Security, and Storage Professionals
- C-Level Executives


“Data Center World is one of the best shows for end users to network and see new solutions from cloud platforms to battery systems. I have met lifelong contacts and friends at these events. If you are involved in the data center industry, this is one of the “must-go” events! It never disappoints!”  

Carrie Goetz
Member, Data Center Institute