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Health and Safety at Data Center World

We believe in the power of gathering our community to share, inspire, and strengthen our industry through events. Please visit our resource page for information on how to maintain business continuity and productivity during these challenging times. 


Update: 5/20/20

The Data Center World team remains committed to bringing the community together for best-in-class workshops, educational sessions and peer-based discussions this summer. 

With guidelines for physical events changing on a daily basis, Data Center World is hard at work building out a virtual option for the core elements of our event to provide a digital platform for our community to connect whether we are able to host a physical event in San Antonio or not. 

Details of our virtual program is being finalized and will be shared soon. In the meantime, we hope you keep the dates of August 24-27 blocked for Data Center World.

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Update: 4/28/20

We believe in the power of gathering our community to share, inspire, and strengthen our industry through live events. While we hope to get together in person, we are exploring digital options to augment the live experience, and if needed, replace the live event if conditions aren’t right for us to meet face to face in August. 

The health and well being of the Data Center World community is our top priority therefore our planning efforts for the August event include increased cleaning/sanitation, hygiene advocacy, increased availability to medical staff, travel restriction mitigation, physical distancing measures and modified food service, to name a few.

As Data Center World draws closer, we will be in a better position to share specific details around onsite protocols that take into account the current health situation.

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Update: 4/6/20

We hope that our community members are keeping safe during these uncertain times. Data Center World continues to keep a close eye on the events around us as we plan to host the data center community in San Antonio this coming August. Our team, in partnership with our advisory board members, are working diligently to bring you the best program possible, and are very much focused on ensuring the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.

As we all work as one community to minimize the impact of this crisis on our society and business operations, we feel it’s important to continue to share knowledge and innovative ideas to keep our industry united. Over the coming weeks we will be addressing the most urgent demands of our rapidly changing and uncertain business environment and providing resources that lead to answers and a positive path forward. Our goal has always been to deliver information that is accessible, practical, and helps you navigate your current circumstances. At no time has Data Center World been more dedicated to this mission than we are now.

To meet these current challenges that we are facing as an industry, we are adding new programs both virtually and on-site, including a live keynote stream next week and a virtual conference and expo in May on business continuity and disaster recovery. With this unprecedented approach, you’ll lose no ground in your quest to stay informed on the latest in data center developments and be able to exchange ideas with your peers and other industry experts. We hope you join us and become a part of this urgent and practical conversation.

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Update: 3/5/20

After close consultation with our partners in the data center industry, we’ve made the difficult decision to reschedule Data Center World to August 24-27, 2020.  

Upon learning the news of San Antonio’s local state of disaster and public health emergency on Monday, and in light of corporate travel considerations continuing to escalate, we worked as quickly as possible to secure new dates so that you can adjust your plans accordingly.  

Having spent the past year preparing for the event with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors and event partners, we're genuinely disappointed not to be able to host you in the coming weeks, but the experience and safety of our community and everyone involved in the event continues to be our top priority.  

To reiterate, we are pleased to confirm Data Center World 2020 will now take place August 24-27 in San Antonio, Texas. Every year, we look forward to connecting with the community and sharing the vision of the data center together.    

We want to thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when the community comes together and connects at Data Center World. 

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Update: 3/3/20

Data Center World is actively monitoring reports around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are aware that on Monday, March 2, the Mayor of San Antonio declared a public health emergency after a woman was released from quarantine who tested positive for COVID-19.

The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors are our top priority. We are working closely with the City of San Antonio and the Henry B. González Convention Center on our next steps regarding the event. We understand that this has caused concern with members of our community, and are working diligently to provide you with an update very soon.  We thank all our customers and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement.

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Update: 2/27/20

Data Center World is planned to take place as scheduled in San Antonio, Texas from March 16-19, 2020. We are actively monitoring reports around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 ) and are following precautionary measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority. Below are some safety guidelines to help all attendees have a healthy event.

Data Center World is:

  • Following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Adhering to travel restrictions and guidance of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Encouraging attendees and exhibitors to follow regular CDC guidance for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of illness:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay in your hotel or at home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

The City of San Antonio is currently following the additional practices in response to the Corona Virus.

  • Ensuring all free-standing hand sanitizer units are operational and full
  • Disinfecting high contact areas such as railings, door knobs and restrooms at a minimum of twice per day and as needed in between
  • Participating in a weekly call (or more often if necessary) with the Health Department and receiving any updates