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Data Center World

March 16-19, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
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The data center is in an escalating state of transition. It's no longer possible to effectively manage a data center without a comprehensive understanding of advancements in cloud platforms, co-location, edge computing, facilities management and environmental issues.

The Data Center World conference program delivers expert insights and strategies on the technologies and concepts needed to plan, manage and optimize data centers, focused around six core tracks vital to every data center facilities and IT infrastructure professional.

The conference offers nearly 70 educational sessions, including keynotes, panel discussions, case study presentations and exclusive hands-on workshops, giving the expected 1,800+ attendees the opportunity to improve their data center management skills, as well as network with their peers.

The accompanying expo will feature more than 150 exhibitors demonstrating products and services to help optimize data center strategies.

Our analysts Cliff Grossner, executive research director and Technology Fellow; Lucas Beran, principal analyst for data center physical infrastructure; and Alan Howard, senior research analyst, will be speaking at DCW. Contact us to inquire about meeting at the conference, and don't miss these sessions:

"What's the big idea? Interpreting the research behind the industry's biggest issues," pre-conference workshop with Cliff Grossner, March 16, 8:00-10:30 am. Data center research experts from IHS Markit, the leading-edge market research firm and new partner of Data Center World, take a look at the data behind some of the industry's most pressing issues to understand the big ideas that are shaping the data center industry. From IoT and edge computing to energy consumption and facilities management, the team from IHS Markit offers their unique forward-looking approach to data analysis to present ideas and insight well before the rest of the market even begins to unravel the issues. You'll get a sneak peak into topics that'll have you prepared for technology advancements that your competitors haven't yet begun to understand.

"Cloud, Edge, AI, ML, and 5G Applications: How Fast to Adopt, How Much to Spend?", a panel with Cliff Grossner, Lucas Beran and Alan Howard, March 16, 10:45am - 12:00pm. The market for compute infrastructure in cloud provider and enterprise centralized data centers, and at edge locations is in the middle of several transitions driven by digitization of business processes and consumer lifestyles. To meet new digitization requirements, workloads are becoming highly distributed, more demanding on compute resources, require parallel operations on larger data sets, and need low latency and high bandwidth connectivity. Hyperscale cloud service providers (Cloud SPs) have responded by driving new compute architectures, with tier-2 cloud providers, communication service providers (Comm SPs) and enterprises following their lead. This talk will discuss market transitions to the cloud, edge, and adoption of AI techniques impacting compute, networking and storage equipment spend by Cloud SPs, Comm SPs and enterprise; transitions in data center physical infrastructure including backup power, IT enclosure designs and cooling; and trends in data center builds by cloud and colocation service providers.

"Panel Discussion on Open Compute Project," panel moderated by Cliff Grossner, March 16, 1:00-2:00pm. Panel discussion of Open Compute Project member companies on the impact of disaggregated systems and open standards in the data center.

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Speakers and Attendees

  • Clifford Grossner
    Executive Director Research & Technology Fellow, IHS Markit
    Dr. Cliff Grossner heads the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice at IHS Markit.
  • Lucas Beran
    Principal Analyst, Cloud and Data Center, IHS Markit
    Lucas Beran is a principal analyst in the Cloud and Data Center Research practice at IHS Markit in Austin, Texas.
  • Alan Howard
    Principal Analyst, Cloud and Data Center, IHS Markit
    Alan Howard is a principal analyst in the Cloud and Data Center research practice at IHS Markit, focusing on cloud services, colocation and multi-tenant data centers.
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