Data Center World is the leading conference and expo providing high quality, comprehensive education to business, technology and facilities professionals who design, build, operate, support and manage Data Centers and IT Infrastructure around the world.


The data Center World conference agenda is designed and developed to address the key challenges expressed among end-users as communicated through AFCOM, the leading association for advancing data center and IT infrastructure professionals. Through this input among others, Data Center World is able to produce a superior program that is vendor-neutral, timely and relevant. Click here to review the agenda


Meeting the broad needs of data center and IT infrastructure management professionals, the educational agenda covers a full range of topics across IT, Operations, Facilities and design/Build of the data center. Whether you’re an IT Manager wanting to learn about power and cooling or Data Center Manager needing to learn about outsourcing workloads to a colo provider, Data Center World has you covered. From DCIM, Open-IX, Internet exchanges, power and cooling, data center builds and design, disaster recovery, security, virtualization, as-a-service, and colocation, every session is hand-selected to help you solve your most pressing challenges.

This year's educational program is made up of five tracks and more than 45 sub-tracks offering greater than 70 sessions and more than 22 hours of in-depth, hard-core learning. The tracks include:

  • IT Operations Management
  • Evolving IT
  • As a Service
  • Power, Cooling and Efficiency
  • Design and Build


Data Center World sessions follow presentation guidelines to ensure attendees receive top-quality education without vendor bias. Unlike other conferences within the industry, Data Center World’s agenda is developed to help you find the solutions best suited for your needs without the clutter created from “paid to play” presentations.

Learn why no other conference provides a more comprehensive or better quality education program than Data Center World.

Track Leaders

Led by the Data Center World Chairman, Tom Roberts, a 25-year data center veteran, the Track Leaders were selected for their breath and depth in the chosen area of expertise. The role of the Track Leader is to help ensure that the Data Center World educational program meets the wide range of needs within the industry from IT, Operations, Facilities and Design/Build professionals. Track Leaders represent end-users, vendors, consultants, and other industry stakeholders.

2016 Track Leaders include:

  • Mark Monroe, President, Energetic Consulting (Tracks: Evolving IT & Power, Cooling & Efficiency)
  • Tad Davies, Senior Vice President, Consulting Services, Bick Consulting Services (Track: As a Service)
  • Kevin N. Carpenter, Technology Strategist, Bick Consulting Services (Track: As a Service)
  • Tom Roberts, DCW Chairman & AFCOM President (Tracks: IT Ops Management & Design & Build)


Data Center Word believes that vendor-neutrality is at the core of high-quality education. Each presenter is required to certify that their presentation will be vendor-neutral.

The policy of Data Center World is that every attendee has a right to enforce this policy of having no sales pitch within a session by alerting the speaker if they feel the session is not being presented in a vendor neutral fashion. If the issue continues to be a problem, any attendee may also alert Data Center World staff after the session is complete. Any speaker who is found to have not complied with this policy will not be allowed to return again as a speaker for Data Center World.

Practical Solutions

We understand that time is money. Taking the time to attend Data Center World must meet your expectations of providing high quality, real-world, practical solutions that you can take back and implement (or teach to your team) in your data center either today or, when applicable, in the near future. Each session presented is required to provide a minimum of 3 key things that each attendee wil take-away upon wrapping up the session.

AFCOM Advantage

This year AFCOM celebrates it's 35th anniversary. Why is that important to you? Because it means that AFCOM continues to be the industry leader in advancing data center and IT infrastructure professionals, like yourself, through its products and services. Data Center World exemplifies the excellence that AFCOM has become known for within the industry.

Beyond the industry’s most comprehensive content and largest trade show, what separates Data Center World most from other conferences are the extras you’ll find as an attendee:

  • Session presenters must provide three key take-aways and certify vendor-neutral content
  • Network online with all attendees—before the conference and beyond—with CONNECTTM
  • Available upon request, an AFCOM Attendance Certificate recording each of the educational sessions you attended while at Data Center World
  • A complimentary trial membership to AFCOM
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and responsive staff
  • Hosted by AFCOM President Tom Roberts, a data center professional for 25+ years