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Registration and continental breakfast

All conference plenary keynote: Digital disciplines - attaining market leadership via the cloud, big data, social, mobile, and the Internet-of-Things

Joe Weinman, Digital Strategist and Author, Independent Consultant

The author of “Cloudonomics” tackles the next stage in the strategic evolution of the true digital enterprise and examines the drivers in both internal enterprise management and external and outsourced service provision.

Presentations

The industrialization of the data center - setting the new standard

Herb Villa, Sr. IT Solutions Engineer, Rittal Corporation

The data center has matured, from the first computer rooms supporting giant mainframe systems to today’s monolithic facilities supporting the Internet-of-Everything, the IT space has evolved at an almost quantum pace.  Yet, standardization is still hard to come by.  The core group of products – termination, network, server/storage share much in common and are found in one form or another in each installation.  The process, from concept through design to product selection and installation is still unique for each site. Leaving the basic system approach behind, the industrialization of the data center moves beyond selecting individual components.  The result is a comprehensive solution approach, capitalizing on selecting products and incorporating them into a complete deliverable.  Individual choice is still provided but with the goal of unifying the installation to optimize overall end user design and operational efficiencies.

Power + Cooling

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CyrusOne Chandler Building 4, Phase 1 build case study

Laramie Dorris, Director, Data Center Design & Construction , CyrusOne Mike Connell, Associate Principal, Corgan Associates Robert King, Mechanical Lead, kW Mission Critical Engineering Tom Maples, Project Executive, DPR Construction

CyrusOne completed Phase 1 of Chandler Building 4 in just 107 days. The fast track project included 120,000 sf core and shell, plus MEP infrastructure and 40,000 sf whitespace for Data Hall 1. The whitespace was turned over to the tenant in 77 days.  The presentation will overview Cyrus’s approach to design and construction, the extensive design assist preconstruction, and the collaboration and coordination of construction with multiple critical paths, construction crews and shifts.

Design + Build

Presentations

Coffee break, networking, Expo, & Solution Stages

Solution Stage: Infrastructure-as-a-Platform, building blocks for data center interoperability

Andrew Jimenez, Vice President, Technology, Anixter

Anixter will present on the 5 key subsystems of physical infrastructure in the data center, including Risk Management, Network Migration, Power Optimization, Thermal Efficiency and DCIM Enablement. These are the building blocks for data center interoperability which Anixter is delivering in a series of global webinars, reports, application guides and videos throughout 2015.

 

Solution Stage

Solution Stage: VaporIO and Future Facilities - breaking design barriers with engineering simulation

Cole Crawford, Former Executive Director, Open Compute Project, OpenStack

To scale up and out, VaporIO has adopted holistic approach to physical design that starts at the chip and ends at the Facility.  This approach is based on engineering simulation with 6SigmaDCX to quantify and optimize performance at the IT and data center system levels.   Cole Crawford, CEO will discuss VaporIO's application of 6SigmaDCX for holistic IT system

Solution Stage

Panel: Delivering success in IT capacity/services sourcing and migrations

Dan O'Brien, Vendor Management Team Lead, University of Kentucky Manon Buettner , Principal & CEO, Nuvalo Timothy M. Doherty, Chief Operating Officer, Server Farm Realty Tony Giampaolo, Principal, PARC Consulting

Migrations/consolidations aren’t just numbers crunching and planning. Such projects often shine a spotlight on hidden cross-departmental communications breakdowns. Having independent expert engineering counsel, with the experience to see the whole picture, can help deliver not only a successful outcome, but organizational structure improvement that may best position the  company in achieving its enterprise data center and cloud transformation goals. Here’s how.

Servers + Storage

Controlling risk across all parts of your organization

Mark Hurley, Data Center Solutions Architect, Schneider Electric

Every data center organization struggles to balance between, design redundancy and cost, risk management and organizational efficiencies, while maximizing their speed to market and remaining competitive in an industry with increased margin pressure.  Join us in a discussion exploring design and organizational improvements aimed to reduce complexity and optimize results.

Design + Build

Presentations

  • Controlling risk across all parts of your organization

Data center IT agility and control

Jeff Klaus, General Manager, Intel Data Center Solutions, Intel

A rapid rate of change complicates every facet of data center management, and server-centric compute models are too cumbersome for today’s highly variable workloads. Is it possible to optimize resources and operations in such dynamic environments? In this presentation, learn how to replace manual, hardware-defined application provisioning and management with a highly automated, software-defined resource model and orchestration layer that enables flexibility, simplified on-demand capital efficiency, and lower TCO. Find out how to compose more agile pools of data center resources, and simultaneously drive up IT efficiency, optimize energy requirements, increase datacenter resilience, and strengthen disaster recovery plans.

Power + Cooling

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  • Data center IT agility and control

Interactive Workshop - CyrusOne Datacenters and Panduit: Learn how CyrusOne, an industry leader, is optimizing the utilization of their cooling infrastructure to extract maximum value of their capital investment through the data center lifecycle

Amaya Souarez, VP, Datacenter Systems & Security, CyrusOne Brian Barrie, Services Project Manager, Panduit John Hatem, SVP, Data Center Design & Construction, CyrusOne Troy Mitchell, Director Integrated Data Center Solutions , Panduit

CyrusOne operates state-of-the-art enterprise data centers for the largest companies in the world. They will discuss their deployment of Environmental Monitoring, Cooling Optimization and Control across their data center footprint for enhanced data center performance. Learn how these technologies have delivered operational efficiencies and cost reductions, as well as improved transparency for management of Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

By invitation only.

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True utility compute: A case study of deploying modular data centers at the grid

Andreas Zoll, VP, Engineering and Product Development , BASELAYER

This case study demonstrates a groundbreaking new way of deploying modular data center technology which challenges the assumptions inherent in traditional data centers.  By partnering with a utility provider, the team at BASELAYER was able to reduce complexity (no UPS, batteries, or generator) while maintaining a high level of reliability, sustainability and security by bringing modular technology to parts of the power service network best suited for data center capacity.  The end result is a new rapid deployment model which will open up possibilities for new wholesale colocation options to support the ongoing digital revolution.

Power + Cooling

Presentations

  • True utility compute: A case study of deploying modular data centers at the grid

The future of data center cabling: Base-2, Base-8, Base-12 and Base-24 cabling

As data centers grow and migrate to higher speeds, the backbone cabling becomes a key design area. The backbone cabling system is a key component that influences the design and functionality of all the other components in the data center. In the past, most backbone cabling systems consisted of cables that were terminated with standard two-fiber duplex connectors. Now many systems are moving to cabling systems that use 8-fiber , 12-fiber and 24-fiber connectors. This presentation will go over the advantages and disadvantages of these different types of solutions and how they can affect Data Center cabling choices.

Servers + Storage

Presentations

  • The future of data center cabling: Base-2, Base-8, Base-12 and Base-24 cabling

China: Insight to the world’s largest market for data centers

Oliver Jones, CEO, Chayora

China already has the world’s largest online community with over 600 million people connected to the internet (45% of the 1.3 billion population) and growth plans will take it to Western economies penetration levels of 80%+ within 5 years.  China represents a massive market for online services but access to this new and demanding opportunity requires servers and data centers in-country due to the national firewall that China continues to deploy.  The complexities of access are many and to date, most leading businesses have declined to engage or found it too challenging compared to other markets.

Growth + Investment

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  • China: Insight to the world’s largest market for data centers

Maximizing Bloomberg's data center investments through end-to-end asset lifecycle management

Raymond Del Rio, Data Center Hardware Engineer/Project Manager, Bloomberg

Since 1981, Bloomberg's dynamic network of information, people and ideas has been delivering business and financial information, news and insight to decision makers around the world. Without question, Bloomberg’s data centers are a crucial component of their success, but they come with significant cost.  No organization can afford to let these multimillion dollar assets operate at anything less than optimal efficiency. Bloomberg’s data center team realized that true operational efficiency and optimization is only possible with complete, continuous visibility into the location of their data center assets, and the environment around them, across each asset’s entire lifespan.

Power + Cooling

Presentations

  • Maximizing Bloomberg's data center investments through end-to-end asset lifecycle management

Physical layer strategies to maximize your data center investment

Tony Walker, Data Center Strategy , CommScope

Data Centers are expensive to design, build and maintain.  This session will explore how proper planning and choosing the right layer one solutions will help protect your data center investment and provide an easier migration path to meet changing business needs.  We will discuss the critical importance of a passive infrastructure ecosystem and proper strategies to implement which will help maximize your data center investment.

Servers + Storage

Presentations

  • Physical layer strategies to maximize your data center investment

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Malaysian government lunch briefing

The Malaysian government is hosting a private lunch at the event where they’ll discuss the next phase of initiatives to develop Malaysia as a prominent ICT hub within SE Asia by 2020.

There will be a brief presentation before the lunch highlighting the merits of Malaysia as a place to invest, as well as a profile of the Sedenak Iskander Data Hub (SIDH), which is situated 60 kilometres from Singapore. SIDH has steadily gained momentum as an alternate outsourcing destination that encompasses state of the art infrastructure, high capacity power and resilient connectivity.

This informal lunch will have representatives from the government as well as industry leaders which will allow invitees to share their thoughts and discuss the future of ICT infrastructure with each other. 

Lunch will be served at 13:40 in room 4a on the 4th floor of the Hilton Chicago.

Idea Labs

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Lunch and networking

Lunch briefing - Eaton: Monitoring power infrastructures in ever-more-complex and interconnected IT environments: Maximize availability and business value

Art Mulligan, PredictPulse Product Manager, Critical Power Solutions Division, Eaton Doug Schuster , SVP/General Manager, Critical Power Solutions Division, Eaton

As today’s organizations become more digitized, they grow fundamentally reliant on their power infrastructures. IT environments have also grown more complex and interconnected, making effective monitoring and management of the power infrastructure more difficult— and more critical. These demands are fuelling the need to move to a next-generation power monitoring service. In particular, one that includes:

  • Remote monitoring and diagnosis combined with value-added services
  • Data-driven insights and predictive analytics
  • Asset management capabilities
  • Intuitive, convenient and visual reporting
  • Software-as-a-service delivery

Join us to learn about these key requirements and a new next-generation power monitoring solution from Eaton.

 

By invitation only.

Idea Labs

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Solution Stage: Preventive & predictive services: Your lifeline to data center efficiency

Eric Koch, National Product Manager , Siemens

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) around power in the Data Center world are not to be taken lightly. The responsibilities are clear. To avoid potential penalties, service providers must adhere to the promises they make to their multi-tenants—whether it’s reliable power and cooling, or more efficient workloads and energy levels. And in some cases, going beyond the use of preventive services is critical to meet such needs.

Predictive service programs come in all shapes and sizes, and can better enable service providers to differentiate themselves as the preferred provider through maximized uptime, reliability and reduced operating costs for multi-tenant providers. Through this proactive and comprehensive strategic maintenance approach, service providers can also establish comparative baselines and determine future equipment maintenance needs.

Learn ways to lay the foundation to protect against unforeseen failures and downtime to proactively plan system replacements and upgrades. This session will address:

  1. What are the differences between preventive and predictive services?
  2. What are the impacts of predictive services in the data center ecosystem?
  3. How can Data Center managers align key facility goals through the use of robust predictive services?

Solution Stage

New age of data center providers

Tag Greason , Executive Vice President , QTS

Enterprises are becoming more sophisticated on what solutions they require. The one-size fits all solution no longer applies and data centers need to evolve past offering only space and power.  Enterprises are looking for partners that are a true extension of their business. By examining market drivers here we will take a look at how data center providers will succeed as partners to enterprises by offering flexibility and scalability.

Growth + Investment

Presentations

  • New age of data center providers

Platform selection and its impact on deployment

Stephan Prueger, Managing Director, Trendpoint

The importance of power information in high density data centers requires a strategic approach to software and metering to gather actionable data.  This topic is focused on how making design decisions as a platform in these areas results in a reduction of deployment costs.    

Cloud > Interoperability

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  • Platform selection and its impact on deployment

Managing complexity in cloud infrastructure sourcing

Dr. Randolf Roth, CEO, Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange

Nowadays there is a lot of complexity that infrastructure cloud service users face when choosing providers and buying infrastructure capacity. In the cloud choosing the best option for a specific application is like solving a complex equation,  because technical, commercial, and legal requirements need to be considered. This session will cover why and how marketplaces can support customers to simplify that equation.

Cloud > Interoperability

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Registration, Breakfast, expo, and networking

Opening plenary panel: Are you ready for open Infrastructure? What we’ve learned so far…

Calista Redmond, President, OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM Cole Crawford, Founding Executive Director, Open Compute Project Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation John Gromala, Senior Director, Hyperscale Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

IT pros representing different industries reveal learning's from implementing open-infrastructure solutions and provide insights for shops evaluating it. To be discussed: a) defining open infrastructure, b) when/why to consider; c) implications of open infrastructure and likely impacts on existing IT processes, resources; d) new skills requirements; e) impact of open on the current I&O management model; f) serviceability; g) financial considerations, planning  and understanding.

Building scalable open infrastructure for your cloud data center

John Gromala, Senior Director, Hyperscale Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Reaz Rasul, Vice President & General Manager, Global Hyperscale Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

How to build Cloud Services infrastructure by leveraging emerging Open technology standards to reduce operations risk.

Open-Source

Using artificial intelligence to better manage IT downtime risk

Dr. Rajat Ghosh, Founder and CEO, AdeptDC

Deploying  automated preventive maintenance for distributed IT system, real-time monitoring and optimization, just-in-time resource allocation, and rapid change management. This session will initiate an open discussion about the different problems that can be solved using AI technology.

Power + Cooling

Coffee break, networking, Expo, & Solution Stages

Creating value through growth – expanding portfolio for homogenous cloud infrastructure or growing additional value-added service provision?

Anthony Rossabi, EVP, Marketing, Sales & Strategy, Telx Drew Leonard, VP Colocation Management, CenturyLink Eli Scher, CEO, New Continuum Data Centers Hunter Newby, CEO, Allied Fiber Thomas Roloff, SVP, EMC Global Services

When considering expansion or consolidation of data center or cloud provisioning as a third party provider what are the various benefits and disadvantages to pursuing growth with an homogenous IT/cloud infrastructure offering or providing “add-on” capabilities and services to your prospective end user clients? What do clients want?

Growth + Investment

How the Open Performance Grid will enable industry transformation

Cole Crawford, Former Executive Director, Open Compute Project, OpenStack Peter Judge, Global Editor, DatacenterDynamics Roger Strukhoff, Principal, Tau Institute

Data is doubling every three years, putting pressure on data center hardware and software to keep up. Only open innovation can provide the path for technology providers to maintain pace with data hypergrowth. As a community-based initiative that measures and ranks the openness and leadership of the software and hardware that is transforming data centers, the Open Performance Grid (OPG) has been created to enable and facilitate the required technological progress.

Open-Source

Manage storage silos and islands with software-defined storage

Steve Ahlgrim , Business Development Manager , FalconStor Software

Let’s face it; embracing new storage technologies, capabilities, and upgrading to new hardware often results in added complexity and costs. The reality is that when IT equipment, platforms, and applications do not integrate with one another, the resulting “sprawl” of storage islands and silos on disparate systems can be costly, risky, disruptive, and time-consuming.  But it does not have to be that way.  A software-defined approach eliminates lock-in AND lock-out, while reducing cost and complexity.

Open-Source

Presentations

  • Manage storage silos and islands with software-defined storage

Panel: Isolating client data while delivering unified security in multi-tenant environments

Amaya Souarez, VP, Datacenter Systems & Security, CyrusOne Jennifer Curry, VP, Cloud, Zayo Nicola Hayes, Managing Partner, Andrasta Consulting

Delivering a unified approach to security is essential to a robust security strategy. But how is this possible when running diverse proprietary applications for clients who are all configured in different ways, whose data you may not have access to or visibility of, and hence cannot fully assess the vulnerabilities? How do you ensure interoperability and compatibility of security solutions when faced with different vendors and applications?

Design + Build

Panel: Provisioning, managing and future-proofing the hyperconverged data center

Andree Jacobson , Consultant, AQUILA Bob Bolz, Extreme Green Cooling & Extreme Scale Computing, AQUILA Phil Hughes, CEO, Clustered Systems Spencer Lail, Principle Technology Evangelist, Brocade

Many of today’s Hyperconverged  data centers are beginning to more closely resemble extreme scale HPC installations. The addition of high bandwidth low latency interfaces do provide new challenges to provisioning and managing resources, but can provide a scalable, flexible resource for offering broad data center as-a-service features including real HPC.      

Cloud > Interoperability

Panel discussion: When "Sweating the Assets"and Watts (and how they're used) make the whole difference!

Don Beaty, President, DLB Associates Gustav Bergquist, CTO, Bahnhof Peter Gross, VP, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy Peter Judge, Global Editor, DatacenterDynamics

Historically, "sweating the assets" had more to do with maxing out a facilities capacity (primarily power) and driving into its lifecycle-end ground without incurring enormous capital costs of UPS or HVAC chiller replacement/upgrading. Is that now outdated thinking? If you build a 5mW data center, the full infrastructure stack ought to be designed to get the greatest possible performance from that finite power resource. And it ought to be designed such that it can be agile-y upgraded -- both IT and facilities. This allows for  evolutionary new-tech-driven performance improvement. So who's doing that now? And what's their planning secret?

Design + Build

Lunch and networking

Case study: Transforming data center excess heat from a cost to a revenue stream!

Gustav Bergquist, CTO, Bahnhof

Almost all electricity used in a data centre is transformed into heat. Today, standard the procedure is to remove this heat into the atmosphere. This is a waste of the earth’s resources,  a waste of energy, and a waste of money. Today a data centre is considered “green” if the electricity used is produced from renewable sources. The question is, what should we do with the heat that is produced within the data centre?  Fortum has, together with Bahnhof and a few other companies,  developed and proven a concept to recycle excess heat from data centres. The audience will learn about how to use excess heat from data centres to warm up buildings and hot water across Stockholm, thus turning a cost into revenue, higher efficiency, and a better business and environment. At the same time the data centre gains an extra redundant cooling system!

Design + Build

Presentations

Making sense of UPS service

Kyle Tessmer, Service Representative, Uninterruptible Power Supplies Division , Mitsubishi Electric Power Products

As technology seemingly advances by the minute, a failure in your UPS equipment costs your company more now than ever. UPS service can come from a variety of different vendors and be difficult to differentiate. Between the varying service contract levels, scope of work, and additional services – it’s easy to lose track of exactly what you purchased. Service requirements and a simple guide of recommended services will be provided to make sure your UPS runs efficiently.

Power + Cooling

Afternoon plenary panel discussion: Mapping the new open data center innovation genome

Amber Graner, Community Manager, Open Compute Project Foundation Calista Redmond, President, OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM Cole Crawford, Founding Executive Director, Open Compute Project Gabe Cole, Executive Director, Open-IX

The Transformation from Vendor-led to Open-based, Disaggregated, Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure. Senior-most executives from leading open-source organizations reveal the profound implications of the changing game (and business). These experts GPS-locate us on the roadmap from vendor-driven, closed, proprietary, monolithic technology to open-sourced, knowledge-community-designed, distributed technology. Why is this important? Cost, transparency, efficiency, agility, speed, performance, and resilience. These expert crowd-sourced innovation engines are rewriting the rulebooks and the economics for the provision of data center and cloud technology services.