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The Leading Event for Data Center Facilities and IT Infrastructure Pros


Attending Data Center World is an investment in your career as well as an investment in your company.  

Whether you are an industry veteran or new to the market, the content and networking opportunities at Data Center World will give you skills and insight that put you at the leading edge of the industry. 

Find Real Solutions for Today's Industry Challenges

  • Network with some of the smartest and most innovative people in the data center industry

  • Get hands-on access to the latest data center technologies by visiting the expo floor

  • Learn new concepts for managing & expanding your data center and save your company money

  • Learn about new efficiencies in energy control that both improve the environment & lower costs 

  • Be among the first in the industry to learn about new product launches

  • Get exclusive access to the annual State of the Data Center annual report & benefit from its findings

Conference Tracks

Data Center World’s programming is focused around six core tracks that are vital to every data center facilities and IT infrastructure professional, providing strategy and real-world examples that address the major challenges of the rapidly evolving data center industry. See all speakers

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
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 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
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
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

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

Who Should Attend?


More than 1,800 data center facilities and IT infrastructure professionals will gather in San Antonio, TX from March 16-19, 2020. Meet 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

Connect With Your Peers

Here is a sampling of past companies and titles that have attended. 

Companies
  • Walmart
  • Dillard’s
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Facebook
  • Progressive Insurance
  • State Farm
  • US Air Force
  • Spectrum Health
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of California, Berkeley 
  • U.S. Bank
  • Bank of America
  • KPMG
  • Swedish Armed Forces
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Ford Motor Company 
  • VMware
  • Intel 
  • Cyxtera Technologies Inc. 
Titles
  • Data Center Manager
  • Sr. Facilities Manager
  • Data Center Infrastructure Engineer
  • VP Leasing & Operations
  • Sr. Systems Engineer
  • VP of Data Center Operations
  • Infrastructure Analyst
  • Manager, Economic Development
  • Data Center Admin IT – Infrastructure Engineering
  • IT Data Center Facilities Manager
  • Data Center Infrastructure Architect
  • Director of Operations, Sustainability and Energy Management
  • CTO
  • SVP of Construction
  • Disaster Recover & Global Data Center Operations Manager
  • Sr. Tech Product Manager, IT Facilities
  • VP, Data Center Project Delivery
  • Director Data Center Operations& Construction
  • Infrastructure and Operations Leader
  • Sr. Manager, Data Center Implementation

 


Why Attend?

Education For Every Member of Your Data Center Team

Solutions to the most pressing industry challenges:

  • Learn where to locate resources for maximum availability & efficiency

  • Understand how to leverage analytics for improved data center operation

  • Implement the best infrastructure models for your company

  • Choose the right ratio of on-premise vs. cloud platforms

  • Improve collaboration between IT & facilities to address cost, performance, security, & availability issues for everyone

  • Optimize workloads with the most advanced IT infrastructure and platform approach

  • Learn ways to keep energy costs down despite demands for more and faster compute power

  • Evaluate leading edge approaches to cooling, airflow, cabling, and energy distribution

Experience real-life case studies presented by leading industry experts as well as your data center peers.

Different Session Formats for Your Learning Pleasure

You'll enjoy... 

  • TED Talk-style micro-presentations 
  • Panel discussions with industry experts
  • 1-hour vendor-neutral educational sessions
  • 3.5-hour interactive workshops with intensive discussions and hands-on activities for an engaging and immersive experience
Top-Notch Networking

Get ready to connect face-to-face with your data center colleagues and industry experts. You'll make new connections during:

  • Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
  • Closing Networking Reception
  • Speed Networking - a quick way to easily connect with others
  • Meet face-to-face with exhibitors and attendees in the Exhibit Hall
  • Networking Breakfasts & Luncheons
  • Sweatworking Yoga or Power Guided Walk
  • Women In The Data Center After-Hours Meetup
  • Opening Networking Reception
  • Plus many more opportunities during the conference!

What Your Peers Are Saying


“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 

Watch this video to find out what you can expect by attending Data Center World Global in San Antonio this March! >>

Justify Your Trip

Get the approval you need from your manager to attend Data Center World 2020. Download the justification letter and join us at the leading conference and expo for the data center industry. 

The Data Center World Content Advisory Team

Data Center World relies on a Content Advisory Team to deliver cutting-edge programming that is independent, objective and vendor neutral. Comprised of industry leaders, selected for their depth of expertise, experience and forward-thinking insights, the Content Advisory Team ensures that all conference programming focuses on real-world solutions for today's key challenges.

  • Stephen Barbour, San Antonio Data Center Manager, Lowe’s
  • Steve Bass, Global Data Center Manager, Chevron
  • Janna Connor, Unit Manager Data Centers, Health Care Service Corporation
  • Tad Davies, Principal, Bick Consulting Services
  • Hector Diaz, Managing Director, Mission Critical Sector, Easter-Owens
  • Christine Ficke, Manager, National Key Partners, CommScope
  • Carrie Goetz, Global Director of Technology, Paige DataComm Solutions
  • Kevin Kent, Data Center Operations Manager, OSU Wexner Medical Center
  • Lori Murphy, Senior Account Manager, DataSpan
  • John Parker, Global Data Center Operations and Disaster Recovery, ESRI
  • Nelson Sigoloff, Data Center Engineering Architect, Valero
  • Yevgeniy Sverdlik, Editor-in-Chief, Data Center Knowledge
  • Brian Gillooly, Content Director, Data Center World

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