The AFCOM Data Center World Spring 2013 conference will bring together data center professionals in a dialogue about real-world events and needs. In response to feedback from data center and facilities management professionals, new AFCOM President and Data Center World Chairman Tom Roberts has put together an educational program of more than 60 sessions that addresses topics such as disaster recovery, cloud, management, data protection, data center design, among other areas.
Slated for April 28 – May 3, 2013 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, thought leaders and subject matter experts from across the industry will host the educational sessions and make presentations that will address those issues.
Brian Janous, Utility Architect, Data Center Advanced Development, Microsoft, will deliver the keynote address, "Commoditization of the Cloud: Ensuring Sustainability and Resiliency for Data Centers," which will focus on how data center operators must become well versed in the dynamics of commodity markets for power, water, carbon and materials and develop strategies to mitigate the long-term impacts on operating costs.
Other session topics and speakers include:
Avoiding Data Center Disasters: What Professionals Need to Know
James Nelson, President BCS & Chairperson ICOR
The International Consortium for Organizational Service (ICOR)
Finding the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Paul Schlattman, VP Mission Critical Facilities
Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD)
Impact and Learning from Hurricane Sandy (Panel Discussion)
Donna Manley, IT Senior Director
President AFCOM Midlantic Chapter, DCI Board Member, University of Pennsylvania
Alex Delgado, Global Operations and Data Center Manager
International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF)
The Future of Disaster Recovery
Pete Manca, President & CEO, Egenera
Building IT Resilience: Why Systems and Data Need Full Protection
Ralph Wynn, Sr Manager, Product Marketing
Does Your Cloud Really Need Its Own Data Center? (Panel Discussion)
Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist
HP Cloud Services
Mark Thiele, EVP of Data Center Technologies
Intelligent Modular Design and Build–A Case Study
Martin Olsen, Vice President
Dave Rotheroe, Senior Technologist, Global Data Center Services
See full program on Data Center World website.
Increased Roundtables, Unconference Sessions
This year, there's more open roundtable discussions on tap, focused on providing practical, real-life solutions organized around specific topics including disaster recovery/business continuity, energy efficiency rebates, DCIM, and data center builds.
Unconference Sessions, which are educational sessions organized for attendees from distinct industries, will be available for a variety of areas including health care, education, government, colocation and finance. Unconference meetings allow for peers to share best practices, benchmarks, and provide problem identification and resolution. Subject matter experts from each industry segment are available for Q&A and networking.
There's also opportunities to network with peers at a variety of venues during the conference. On the expo floor, there's the chance to demo, discuss and see the latest in data center and facilities management technology.
Data Center World is both an educational conference and an expo for data center and facilities management professionals, which provides real-world solutions, vendor-neutral education, peer-to-peer networking and access to technology service providers. The optional tutorials and virtual data center tours offer an added in-depth experience for areas of particular interest.
For more information and registration, see the Data Center World website.