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  • 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 15
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Protecting your Cloud with Mist

    High-pressure water mist is an advanced fire protection alternative. For future data centers, data is the “new oil” that keeps businesses running. The already enormous amount of data we produce and consume is growing exponentially every year. Businesses, organizations, and individuals have all become dependent on digital data. This has led to an increased demand for large data centers. A large data center contains dozens of server rows with hundreds of miles/kilometers of power and data cables connecting the servers online and to power sources. The energy density per rack has risen, so inevitably the fire risk is more significant.

    Jonathan Ingram (bio)
    Vertical Market Manager - Mission Critical
    Kidde Fire Systems/Marioff North America

  • Sunday, October 15
    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Student Session: Data Center 101

    In today’s Data Center industry there’s a high demand for qualified, trained professionals. With the ever changing Internet of Things (IoT), the IT and Facilities functions continue to converge, creating an increasing demand for skilled individuals to operate and maintain data centers. . Many companies are currently seeking candidates with multiple skills in electrical, mechanical, computer science, application, cloud and network engineering expertise. Data Center 101 is designed to educate students about the happenings inside a data center and illustrate future opportunities. Students will learn about the various types of data centers, technology trends, networks, data center planning, industry standards, cooling, power, partnerships and a sustainable future. Join us to meet data center professionals, become involved in the mentoring program and advance your career in the data center industry!

    Data Center 101 is aligned with 7x24 Exchange’s commitment to STEM education.

    James Coe, PE, RCDD (bio)
    Senior Principal, Director of Critical Facilities
    Syska Hennessy Group

    Dr. Dennis Cronin (bio)
    Resilient Solutions

    Rich Garrison (bio)
    Alfa Tech

    Martin Gollwitzer, RID, CDT, NCIDQ, LEED AP (bio)
    Regional Practice Leader, Critical Facilities

    Michael Swetz (bio)
    Vice President | Global Technology Operations
    State Street Corporation

  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Welcome Reception

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    Join us for a reception with open bar and buffet dinner accompanied by music. This is an excellent opportunity to dialogue with conference presenters, meet new people, network, welcome first time attendees, renew old acquaintances, and meet the board members

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
    Check in, pick up your name badge, conference materials and enjoy a hot buffet breakfast.
  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Bob Cassiliano, 7x24 Exchange Chairman, will open the conference, provide an overview, review meeting logistics and address general housekeeping items.

  • Monday, October 16
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Conference Keynote:
    The Xbox Story: Lessons in Leadership Strategy & Team Management

    Robbie BachRobbie Bach (bio)
    Innovation Expert, Former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft & Author

    Join 7x24 Exchange at our fall conference as Robbie Bach shares proven business and leadership principles from his journey innovating within the larger Microsoft construct to help you drive change and position your organization as a disruptor before someone else "Ubers" you.

    From garage-shop inception to ultimate business success, Robbie led the successful creation and development of the industry-revolutionizing and iconic Xbox video game business. During his illustrious 22-year career at Microsoft, including as president of entertainment & devices and chief Xbox officer, Robbie was responsible for creating new and branded consumer entertainment experiences across music, gaming, video and mobile communications.

    In his dynamic and inspiring presentation, Robbie will provide the 7x24 Exchange attendees with tips for applying his 3P Framework, a proven model for clear strategic guidance that includes identifying clear purpose, principles and priorities to guide success. Drawing on lessons learned and shared in his best-seller, "Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal," he delivers simple yet effective insights on strategy, innovation, leadership and people management to help business audiences address and overcome the challenges of today’s fast-paced marketplace.

  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Monday, October 16
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Driving Business Results through Collaboration

    Facebook’s disruptive and revolutionary strategy for meeting the demand for data centers challenges vendors to step up and be part of an open approach, one that requires the willingness to evolve toward transparency and teamwork.  The presenters will show how their companies transformed a challenge into an opportunity for greater understanding, collaboration, and technological innovation. The presentation will outline how that transformation exemplifies a new way forward for the industry.

    James Swensen (bio)
    Global Data Center Facilites Operator

    Bill Westbrock (bio)
    Strategic Account Executive
    Schneider Electric

  • Monday, October 16
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Cloud and Colocation Trends, Buyer & User Behaviors Impacting the Design, Construction and Operation of Hyperscale and Mid-Market Data Centers

    The cloud and colocation markets are seeing unprecedented levels of increasing demand from all sectors of the IT industry ranging from legacy enterprise operators ‘testing the waters’ to start-ups and innovators taking a cloud first, cloud only approach. Yet, each new client brings with them a host of new demands, systems architecture, and a bit of naiveté that adds complexity to the design, construction, and operation of commercial data centers.  Join us in this session to review the latest results and findings from the 2017 industry survey and put the results in perspective with real-world observations and practical experience in addressing the dynamic needs of real-world clients.

    Phill Lawson-Shanks (bio)
    Chief Architect and VP Innovation

    Jack Pouchet (bio)
    Vice President Market Development

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Lunch and Networking
  • Monday, October 16
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    End User Xchange Forum

    Designed to encourage in-depth discussion and debate on the latest challenges in data center planning, design and operation, topics will include: trends in infrastructure design resiliency, energy efficient design and operational practices, capacity planning and management, and the day-to-day challenges in managing data center operations. The moderator will guide the discussion with the use of PowerPoint slides and handouts; However, the real star of this session will be you, the end user! Bring your appetites, but more importantly, be ready to engage your peers in an exciting interactive discussion on the latest challenges of our industry. Don’t forget those business cards as this will be a great opportunity to meet your peers in the industry!

    David Schirmacher (bio)
    7x24 Exchange International
    Reset Advisors, LLC

  • Monday, October 16
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Panel: Technology Advancements of Systems Integrations, Intelligent Analytics and Alignment with Mission Critical Market Trends and Needs

    Colocation providers are receptive to new technologies and topologies that can improve power usage efficiency (PUE), availability, flexibility and scalability, while also reducing costs and time to market. The panel will provide discussion on the differentiation of enterprise verses colocation design, construction and operations. They will also explore continuing data center trends to simplify the power chain. Enabling power for the future and incorporating the latest technologies to support IoT will also be evaluated.

    Dave Sterlace (bio)
    Global Head of Data Center Technology

    Paul Hines (bio)
    SVP – Critical Facilities Head – North America

    Tony TeVault (bio)
    Vice President
    Holder Construction

    James Warren (bio)
    Principal and Founder
    kW Mission Critical Engineering

  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    7×24 Exchange Traditional Create Your Own Sundae Break
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Monday, October 16
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Breakout A:
    Data Center Infrastructure: Global Delivery Best Practices

    This presentation addresses the importance of having a global strategy for management and delivery of data center, pop, and edge sites. As the demand for worldwide implementations grows, so does the responsibility. From handling shipping, customs IOR , global currencies, and VMI to ensuring products are delivered overseas on time (and not confiscated) must be considered for an effective plan. This presentation addresses best practices for managing your global data center infrastructure in a global economy.

    Michael Liberman (bio)
    Mission Critical Infrastructure Applications
    Rahi Systems

  • Monday, October 16
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Breakout B:
    Battery Technology and the Future for UPS

    Batteries have been the magic power behind supporting critical loads. This sesion will review the battery technologies available today, in the near future and the distant future relative to UPS applications. What, when, how and why to use each technology supported by performance, physical footprint, initial cost, life cycle cost and disposal data.

    Steven Shapiro (bio)
    Mission Critical Practice Lead
    Morrison Hershfield Mission Critical

  • Monday, October 16
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Breakout C:
    Fortress to Cyber – Integrated Design for Ever-Changing Threats

    With each physical and cyber attack against our nation’s critical infrastructure and information repositories, it becomes more evident that procurement, design, construction, and operations need to be concurrent to achieve a comprehensive approach to securing mission critical facilities. Gaps between these four core phases increase vulnerabilities beyond a vehicle bomb or insider cyber-attack. This presentation discusses threats (cyber, electronic and physical) that must be identified, validated and fortified against, through incorporating protective designs across all disciplines, in order to keep pace with the ever-changing diversity of threats against mission critical facilities.

    John Collins (bio)
    Senior Account Executive
    FoxGuard Solutions, Inc.

    Dana Pomeroy (bio)
    Vice President/National Design-Build Director
    The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

    Holly Stone (bio)
    Stone Security Engineering

  • Monday, October 16
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    7×24 Exchange Women in Mission Critical Operations (WiMCO) Networking Event

    As the leading knowledge exchange in the mission critical space, 7x24 Exchange recognized the importance of increasing the engagement and participation of women in the industry which led to the development of WiMCO. The committee focuses on recruiting women into the organization, supporting WiMCO initiatives at a Chapter level and providing leadership opportunities through the community. Join us for an interactive networking session and engage with your peers in the industry.

    Juli Ierulli (Bio)
    Marketing Communications Manager,
    Large Power Systems - Industry Solutions, Caterpillar and
    Marketing Director, Vendor Representative
    7x24 Exchange International

  • Monday, October 16
    6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Marquis Plus+ Partner Showcase
    7×24 Exchange’s Mission Critical Sports Bar & Grill

    Get ready for game time at the 7x24 Exchange Mission Critical Sports Bar & Grill. This premier, one of a kind exposition will allow attendees the opportunity to network and view the latest and greatest equipment, products and services available to assist you in your day-to-day data center operational needs. Special thanks to our Marquis Plus+ Partners as this event would not be possible without their support.

    Special thanks to our Marquis Plus+ Partners that made this event possible:

  • 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Breakfast & Registration
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Bob Cassiliano will review day one highlights, recognize the conference Corporate Leadership Program sponsors and give a 7x24 Exchange update.
  • Tuesday, October 17
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Security and Insecurity – What’s Next?

    As we boldly move into the future, it seems that everything is connected to the Internet. From the connected home to the Internet of Things, and from cruise control to autonomous cars - it’s an exciting time. But all these possibilities bring new and interesting ways for criminals and other miscreants to cause mischief. In his usual wry way, Kevin takes us into the world of ransomware, Bitcoin, killer robots and 24x7 voluntary surveillance. Of course, he also offers practical advice to help you be an interested observer, rather than an unwilling participant! In this talk, Kevin helps to deflate some of the press’ hyperbole, and gives real-world information and knowledge that can help individuals and businesses to safely participate in the connectivity revolution.

    Kevin Kealy (bio)
    Chief Information Security Officer
    Ingram Micro

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, October 17
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Understanding Hyperscale Campus Compartmentalization

    The sheer volume of the applications supported by Cloud and SaaS providers continues to grow in volume and importance. The presenter will discuss how these entities face increasing pressure to deliver uptime, the attributes necessary to address these requirements while simultaneously increasing scale, and why not every data center provider can support these requirements.

    Chris Crosby (bio)
    Compass Datacenters

  • Tuesday, October 17
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Lessons Learned in Achieving Data Center Efficiency Goals – 3 Case Studies

    Today, data centers account for roughly 2 percent of the total U.S. electricity use, and national computational demand is expected to grow at a fast pace. Data center energy consumption can be reduced by 20 to 40 percent through proven, commercially available energy efficient technologies. Experts from Intuit, PayPal and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories who participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative will share their success stories in “Shaping the Future” of their data centers by using energy efficiency to lower energy bills, improve resiliency and cut pollution.

    Dale Sartor (bio)
    Staff Scientist/Engineer
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    David Breland (bio)
    Manager, Enterprise Data Center Facilities
    Intuit, Inc.

    Rich Reyher (bio)
    Director, PayPal Core Platform & Infrastructure: Global Data Center
    PayPal, Inc.

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    Lunch and Networking
  • Tuesday, October 17
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Data Center Real Estate Trends

    Commercial real estate cycles, and trends directly affect data center supply, which in turn, affects delivery dates, pricing, and also is a reflection of other more subtle trends in the market. The presenters will discuss the global implications of interoperability of real estate, data center delivery and product type during this session.

    Kristina Metzger (bio)
    Global Advisor

    Jeff West (bio)
    Director, Data Center Research & Analysis

  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, October 17
    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Breakout A:
    Thermal Optimization Through IoT – What Gets Better and Why

    IoT is getting a lot of buzz, but can it help you improve the performance of your data center? This presentation describes how an IoT approach was used to manage the existing, multi-vendor cooling infrastructure in three North American colocation data centers, and describes what happened. What was the expected ROI, and what was delivered? How difficult was the implementation? What results were achieved? How did it impact facility staff? What impact did it have on the overall business and sustainability goals? Answers to these questions and more will be covered in this case study presentation.

    John Longo (bio)
    Director, Operations East Region

    Jeff Rauenhorst (bio)
    VP, Analytics

  • Tuesday, October 17
    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Breakout B:
    Data Center Enterprise Transformation 2018 with Cyber Security

    The data center comprehensive enterprise solution continues to transform in 2018. This includes considerations for cyber security. Learn the “elements” and fundamental concepts associated with the continued transformation. Understand what board of directors, senior management, stock holders, trustees, and tax payers are looking for in their data center solution. A vendor neutral overview of total cost of ownership vs. risk!

    Paul D. Evanko (bio)
    VP of Sales, Marketing and Strategic Alliances

  • Tuesday, October 17
    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Breakout C:
    Water – The Future of Data Center Cooling

    As the thirst for critical environments continues to grow, market forces are demanding IT facilities be more energy efficient. This pressure is prompting changes in cooling technologies. Many heat rejection solutions are now utilizing water evaporation to enhance peak performance, reduce energy consumption, and lower operating costs. We’ll review the pros and cons of adiabatic enhanced air-cooled chillers, water-cooled chillers, direct and indirect adiabatic cooling. While water is and undoubtedly will be part of the efficient cooling solution, it is not without cost and operational risk. Join us as we dive in and discuss water’s role in the data center.

    Aaron Duda, PE, LEED AP BD+C (bio)
    kW Mission Critical Engineering

  • Tuesday, October 17
    6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Sponsored Event — Fiesta by Moonlight

    Join 7x24 Exchange for the final networking opportunity of the 2017 fall conference by moonlight, at a traditional Mexican Street Fiesta!  Food truck vendors, authentic décor, entertainment and games will set the tone for a fun and unique evening onsite at the resort!

    Special thanks to the partners that made this event possible:

    ABB, Anord Critical Power, ASCO, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Caterpillar Inc., CBRE, Clune Construction Company, ComRent, Cummins, Data Aire, East Penn Manufacturing, EnerSys, Fibrebond, FLUKE, GE Industrial Solutions, Generac Industrial Power, Gordon Data Center Products, Kohler, Krators Modular Systems Division, MTU Onsite Energy, Page, PDI, PowerSecure, S&C Electric Company, Saft American Inc., Schneider Electric, Siemens Industry, Inc., Starline/UEC, Stulz Air Technology Systems, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Syska Hennessy Group, Thomson Power Systems, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Vertiv, Victaulic

  • 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
    Opening Remarks

    Bob Cassiliano will review highlights from day two and address housekeeping items of interest.

  • Wednesday, October 18
    8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
    New Metrics to Consider for Facility Managers

    Facilities have been hooked on PUE, DCIE and Tier levels with little to no consideration for what the IT equipment can provide in the way of redundancy and resiliency. This presentation provides a means to help evaluate and identify both ways to save on power and cooling and ways to identify and assist IT in resiliency decisions.

    Carrie Goetz (bio)
    Global Director of Technology
    Paige DataCom Solutions

  • 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Wednesday, October 18
    10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
    Is your Data Center Infrastructure Cyberhardened and Secure?

    How secure is your data center’s power and thermal infrastructure? From unit and supervisory controls to BMS and network connections, the security of power and thermal infrastructure equipment is often overlooked and can be the greatest physical and cyber security threat your data center faces. The answer is new software and controls technology, security standards and simple processes that will greatly increase the security of your infrastructure from small IT closets up to large data center operations as shown through a case study of a government working through a cyberhardening process.

    Jason Gloeckner (bio)
    Director of Thermal Controls

    Joe Saunders (bio)
    CEO & Founder
    RunSafe Security

  • Wednesday, October 18
    11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    Modular Backup Power System for Colocation Data Centers

    C7 Data Center in Salt Lake City started with a vision and small operations, but was competitive through innovation and strategy. New technology is often avoided due to risk, but this presentation shows how risks can be diminished and rewards can be achieved. Learn about C7 Data Center’s experience in adopting new emergency power technology which allows the highest reliability, lowest capital investment and agility for a colocation data center.

    Steve Boyce (bio)
    Director of Facilities Engineering
    C7 Data Centers

    Curt Gibson (bio)
    Power Solutions Manager
    Generac Power Systems

  • 12:15 PM
    Conference Adjourns