Scenes From IMN Spring Data Center Forum 2013

More than 300 data center professionals attended the IMN Spring Forum on Financing, Investment and Real Estate Development for Data Centers, held Thursday and Friday at the Conrad Hotel in Manhattan. The event featured panel discussions on the investment environment for data centers, design criteria for successful projects, and merger activity in the industry. Data Center Knowledge will provide full coverage of key trends and themes from IMN over the next several days. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the sessions and speakers from the conference.

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Veteran data center developer Simon Tusha of True Data Centers shared his insights into regulations that may impact data center operations, including guidelines on generator emissions. (Photo: Rich Miller)

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A highlight of Thursday's action was the CEO panel. Participating were, from left: moderator Miles Loo, a Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield; Todd Coleman, COO of Cologix; 365 Main CEO Chris Dolan; Pete Marin, the President and CEO of T5 Data Centers; Hunter Newby, the CEO of Allied Fiber and principal in 325 Hudson Street; Sabey Data Centers CEO John Sabey; and Jim Trout, the CEO of Vantage Data Centers.

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Jim Grice, a partner at the law firm Lathrop & Gage, was a panelist on sessions that examined tax incentives for data centers and expansion funding. At right is Christof Hammerli, Senior VP of Acquisitions at Carter Validus. (Photo: Rich Miller)

Lathrop & Gage LLP.

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A Thursday afternoon session on data center leasing  and service agreements featured an active back-and-forth discussion between two long-time players in the field, Jeffrey Moerdler of Mintz Levin Cohn (at left) and Tony Greenberg, the CEO of RampRate. (Photo: Rich Miller)

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Allied Fiber CEO Hunter Newby (right) outlined the importance of "open fiber" connectivity unleashing data center development in geographies that currently have weak fiber resources. At left is Pete Marin, President and CEO at T5 Data Centers.