Tracks and Topics


Data Center World Global San Antonio 2018

Data Center World is committed to bringing you the best, most relevant vendor-neutral education in the industry. With topics related to cutting edge trends, operations, security and risk management, and leadership strategy, we have education for every member of your data center team.

Track Definitions:
IT Infrastructure Technologies

There are more hardware and IT software choices than ever. Converged infrastructure? Hyperconverged infrastructure? What is the difference and why should you care? Things like software defined storage, software defined networking, and rack-scale architecture are transforming the way IT infrastructure is built and managed. The overarching goal is to simplify management of an ever more powerful and distributed infrastructure, and automation is key to reaching that goal.

Topics: Private cloud, hybrid, IaaS, automation, DevOps, application performance, containers, converged infrastructure, hyperconvergence, storage hardware security, networking technology, software defined networking, rack scale architecture, BYOD, IoT, open source, security, white/compute space


Data Center Design & Management
This track is about the underlying infrastructure that keeps servers inside every data center running around the clock. What are the best ways to design power and cooling infrastructure? What are the most cost and energy efficient ways to manage it? How to manage data center capacity? Collecting as much data as possible about your environment is becoming crucial to effective data center management, and proper instrumentation is just the first step. The next step is analyzing historical data and combining it with data gathered in real time to make day-to-day and long-term optimization decisions. This data-driven approach to data center management can ensure not only maximum efficiency but prevent unexpected failure.

Topics: Efficiency, power density, cooling, capacity planning, DCIM, instrumentation for data collection, operational monitoring and predictive analytics, automation, performance metrics, operations, NOC, EOM, facility operations software, build/upgrade/retrofit, automation, change management, compliance, containers, disaster planning and recovery.


Modern Data Center Strategies
The way companies have to think about data center strategy has changed radically. Your data center strategy has to support rapid software deployment, mobile and global workforce, and services at global scale. Is your infrastructure ready to support roll-out of a new customer-facing application across multiple global regions tomorrow? Does your colo environment provide access to cloud service providers that can help you do that? Are you wasting money on moving data over long distances because you don’t have a good edge data center strategy? Renewable energy plays a bigger role in data center decisions than it ever has. What is your colo provider’s energy mix? This track is about finding that perfect mix of on-premise, colocation, and cloud services that will ensure you’re covered on all those fronts while remaining compliant with corporate and regulatory requirements.

Topics: Edge data centers, colocation trends, direct access to cloud services, interconnection, global connectivity, hybrid cloud/multi-cloud, big data, compliance, containers, contract management, hosting - MSPs, managed services, outsourcing strategy, project management, total cost of ownership


Security, Data Sovereignty, and Risk Management
Risk management and security have always been a hot topic for data centers, but with industry compliance requirements tightening, cybercrime exploding, and companies operating infrastructure at global scale, each with its own data sovereignty regulations, it’s never been more important to have a deep understanding of the key issues. Join our security and risk management sessions to learn how to prepare your data center to deal with cybersecurity and risk management issues.

Topics: Compliance, data breaches, cybersecurity, data sovereignty, disaster recovery and operations, physical security, emerging legislation and regulations, business continuity, change management


The Cutting Edge
This track is about the next steps, technologies just starting to take hold that will have a profound effect on the data center industry. Here we will talk about the potential ways technologies like Blockchain, machine learning, silicon photonics, and the Internet of Things will impact the way we design, manage, and think about data centers.

Topics: Blockchain, IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence, silicon photonics, edge data centers,
 

Professional Development
A new addition to Data Center World in 2018, this track delivers information to grow your career through tips, tricks, and understanding the latest needs in professional development related to the data center industry.

Topics: Leadership, managing millennials, hiring and retaining exceptional talent, developing your personal brand, cultivating the inclusive workplace, women in IT, networking skills, vendor management, staff training and development
 

Product Information Sessions
An in-depth look at key products and services from industry-leading suppliers. Ask technical questions and see product-specific presentations; then follow up by meeting with the company in their booth in the Data Center World exhibit hall.

Topics: Product/Company specific sessions presented by Data Center World Exhibitors.


Session Type Definitions:


Educational Breakout Session

A one-hour session presented by an industry expert from a vendor neutral perspective.

Lightning Talk
These TED Talk-style, micro-presentations are no longer than 10 minutes and are intended to give the audience exposure to multiple ideas and concepts in a concise manner. The conference organizers will group together several lightning talks to be delivered by different speakers in a single session.

Panel Session
A discussion about a specific topic amongst a selected group of subject matter experts who share differing perspectives. Panel sessions may be one or two hours.

Un-Session
Un-plugged and un-scripted, these sessions are driven by the participants to discuss and share their challenges, burning questions, and ideas around a particular topic or industry. Un-sessions have a Discussion Leader to guide and moderate the conversation.

Workshop
Workshops are 3.5 hour interactive sessions that take a deep-dive into a topic that is of current importance to the data center industry. Workshops include intensive discussions and hands-on activites for an engaging and immersive experience. Workshops are included in the All Access Pass.