Schedule

  • Sunday, October 27
    11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Registration
  • Sunday, October 27
    2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Fluid Mechanics 101: Fundamentals of Cooling Airflow in a Data Center

    Sunday, October 27
    2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Fluid Mechanics 101: Fundamentals of Cooling Airflow in a Data Center

    This tutorial session will introduce basic concepts of air velocity, airflow rate, pressure, and temperature distribution as applied to raised-floor data centers. You will be shown why the flow distribution through the perforated tiles is usually not uniform. It is governed by the air velocity and pressure variation under the raised floor. By calculating this variation, you can predict the distribution of the airflow coming out of the perforated tiles. Such a calculation allows you to study the effect of variables such as: layout of the CRAC units and the perforated tiles, the height of the raised floor, and the presence of obstructions under the raised floor. Once the flow rates through the perf tiles are determined, the next step is to calculate, in the above-floor space, the air velocity and temperature as the air moves through the server racks and back to the CRAC units. Many examples will be presented to develop an understanding of the physical processes and to draw practical conclusions. The tutorial will show how to create a computational model of a data center layout and calculate the corresponding airflow and temperature distribution.

    Suhas V. Patankar, Ph.D. (bio)
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota and
    President, Innovative Research, Inc.

  • Sunday, October 27
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Welcome Reception

    Sunday, October 27
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Welcome Reception

    SPONSORED IN PART BY:
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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.

  • Monday, October 28
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast

    Check in, pick up your name badge, conference materials and enjoy a hot buffet breakfast.

  • Monday, October 28
    8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Welcome Remarks

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

  • Monday, October 28
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Conference Keynote:
    SPACEMAN: My Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

    Schedule

    Mike MassiminoMike Massimino (bio)
    Former NASA Astronaut, Sr. Advisor for space programs for the Intrepid Museum and author of Spaceman

    Join us as Mike shares his personal stories of inspiration, teamwork and leadership as drawn from his experiences in one of the greatest and most dangerous jobs someone can have—NASA astronaut. Through humor and storytelling, he’ll highlight the pursuit and achievement of a childhood dream, the dedication and teamwork necessary to train for one of NASA’s most difficult space missions, the determination needed to face tragedies like the Columbia space shuttle accident, and the innovation and leadership necessary to overcome seemingly insurmountable trials when in space and beyond. Mike emphasizes understanding the value of having passion for what you do, perseverance in achieving a goal, building a team to meet great challenges, and creativity and innovation in problem solving. Come listen to Mike’s inspiring talk as he shares the awe and beauty of space and his thoughts on the future—both personal and in regard to the ever-changing and competitive space program.

  • Monday, October 28
    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Monday, October 28
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima: Lessons for the Data Center Industry

    Schedule

    The events at Three Mile Island (TMI) essentially shut down expansion of a rapidly growing US nuclear power industry for 40 years. Chernobyl resulted in multiple fatalities among operating personnel and those responding to the accident. It caused contamination of a wide area that is cordoned off to this day. Fukushima added to the already immense tragedy of a massive earthquake and tsunami that killed over fifteen thousand people.  In this session Steve will discuss the errors in maintenance, testing, and value engineering that led to the three events. Management oversight and policies are implicated in all three. None of these failures were due to malicious acts. All involved personnel were motivated by the best of intentions, but operating within systems of perverse incentives and inadequate supervision. These accidents were preventable.  Disturbingly similar self-inflicted injuries are the bane of data center uptime. No data center performs as well as its designers intended. Excessive maintenance, limited use of reliability design standards, and limited recognition of risk in operational decisions are nearly universal.  Our society’s increasing reliance on data centers for life and safety-critical services threaten to produce the data center industry’s equivalent of the TMI crisis. People hurt or killed because of a data center failure leads inevitably to close scrutiny by the press, public, attorneys, regulators, and political actors. Over-reaction and regulation by temper tantrum are nearly inevitable. Curtailment of a rapidly growing large industry has happened before and could happen again.  There are ways out of this trap, but it requires a level of cooperation and mutual awareness of our shared fate that is lacking at this time. After TMI the US nuclear industry reformed itself and now boasts a truly impressive safety and operational record. With commitment and hard work, the data center industry can do the same before disaster strikes.

    Steve Fairfax (bio)
    President
    MTechnology

  • Monday, October 28
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Building a Zero Deficiency Culture in Construction

    Schedule

    This presentation will focus on how to build a zero deficiency culture on a data center construction project through closed loop, quantitative feedback on quality performance and constant analysis of successes, areas for improvement, and lessons learned via definitive and holistic KPI’s that help drive continuous improvement.

    Shaun Selha (bio)
    Global QA/QC Program Manager
    Facebook

  • Monday, October 28
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Lunch and Networking
  • Monday, October 28
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    End User Xchange Forum

    Schedule

    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!

    Moderator
    Dennis D. Cronin (bio)
    CEO, Resilient solutions and
    Founding Member, 7x24 Exchange International

  • Monday, October 28
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Building on Order: The Business Equation for Speed in Data Center Construction

    Schedule

    From January 2016 to June 2019, CyrusOne added over 150MW to its Northern Virginia portfolio, growing it from its smallest US market to its largest. This entailed the development of four base building projects totaling over 1M Gross Sq. Ft.; conversion of two warehouses into data centers and over twenty-five data hall projects. This case study examines the planning and execution of this expansive capital building program as a textbook example of the market for hyperscale data centers.

    Craig Deering (bio)
    Director, Design & Construction
    CyrusOne

  • Monday, October 28
    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    7x24 Exchange Traditional Create Your Own Sundae Break
  • Monday, October 28
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Monday, October 28
    Breakout A:
    Target Value Delivery: The Secret Sauce for Speed to Market

    Schedule

    With a relentless focus on cost and speed to market in the data center sector, it’s hard to not think of the old saying that, depending on how you hear it, goes something like Fast, Good or Cheap. Pick two. Target Value Delivery (TVD) allows you to have all three. TVD has become popular in the healthcare sector for its ability to drive down the cost of a project without sacrificing the quality of the final product or extending the schedule. This presentation will share success stories from the healthcare sector and show how TVD can be adapted for the data center sector to ensure projects meet operational needs, are delivered within the allowable budget, and promote innovation throughout the process to increase value and eliminate waste.

    Steve Eiss (bio)
    Senior Project Executive – Development and Construction – University Medicine Division
    Banner Health

    Hamilton Espinosa (bio)
    Healthcare Core Market Leader
    DPR Construction

    Doug Finley (bio)
    Advanced Technology Core Market Preconstruction Leader
    DPR Construction

    Louie Sarracino (bio)
    Project Executive
    DPR Construction

  • Monday, October 28
    Breakout B:
    Turn Up the Savings: Reducing OPEX with Free Cooling

    Schedule

    This session will discuss trends in free cooling, specifically discussing how the applications of this technology, like direct evaporative cooling or liquid cooling, drives lower operating expenses (OPEX) and lower power-usage effectiveness (PUE). Cooling costs eat up nearly 40 percent of operational expenses, making advancements in free cooling not only financially appealing to data center owners and builders, but also crucial to moving mission critical spaces beyond traditional mechanical cooling solutions. This session will show how data center operations can transition their systems to create a more energy efficient, reliable, smart future for data centers.

    Brian Hatmaker (bio)
    Director, Data Center Sales
    Johnson Controls

  • Monday, October 28
    Breakout C:
    Envisioning the Future of Data Centers & 5G Infrastructure

    Schedule

    This spring, Vertiv initiated a pair of research efforts that provided important new insight into the future of the data center ecosystem. With 451 Research, Vertiv conducted a study on the future of 5G and its enablers and what that means for the data center industry. Additionally, it surveyed more than 800 data center industry leaders around the world to capture their thoughts on the future of the data center and compare those perspectives to where we were just five years ago. Together, this research paints a picture of the future of the data ecosystem. Where and how will computing take place? What are the key enablers of 5G adoption? How will the network infrastructure need to transform?

    Martin Olsen (bio)
    Vice President, Global Edge and Integrated Solutions
    Vertiv

  • Monday, October 28
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    WiMCO®: Command Your Audience with Words of Wisdom

    Schedule

    Don’t we all want to improve our speaking ability and overcome what is considered the world’s greatest fear? Come and learn from a sought after speaker who will share her secrets to being a great speaker during this interactive session.

    Organized by the Women in Mission Critical Operations (WiMCO®) Committee
    SPONSORED BY:
    Facebook

    Carrie Goetz (bio)
    Principal/CTO
    StrategITcom

  • Monday, October 28
    6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Marquis Plus + Partner Showcase

    Schedule

    School’s out… Summer is here and Mom n Dad have you all set to ship off to CAMP!… That’s right “7x24 Exchange DATA CENTER CAMP!” Join the 7x24 Exchange camp counselors as you spend your summer vacation networking with attendees and visiting our Marquis Plus+ Partners to see what new technologies you can bring back from camp! Complete with Tug of War and traditional camp games, this is one night you won’t want to miss!

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

  • Tuesday, October 29
    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • Tuesday, October 29
    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 29
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    International Data Center Day Celebration

    Join 7x24 Exchange as we celebrate the first Annual International Data Center Day, designed to create awareness of the data center industry and to inspire the next generation of talent.  Learn the various ways industry professionals can participate and shape the future of the industry.

  • Tuesday, October 29
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Keynote: Security – Now and Next

    Tuesday, October 29
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Keynote: Security – Now and Next

    Kevin KealyKevin Kealy (bio)
    Chief Information Security Officer
    Scientific Games

    In this talk, Kevin will give his insights into the current threats and attack vectors, and then discuss what is likely to be front of mind over the next five years. With his usual wry humor, Kevin will tell stories from the front line, telling tales of Etch-a-Sketches, frequent flyers and the constant disappointment that every security person feels. With plenty of time for questions, Kevin will – as always – deliver a talk full of information, humor and horror.

  • Tuesday, October 29
    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, October 29
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Panel:
    Concept to CX: Owner’s Operational Risk Management Strategy & Tactics

    Schedule

    Data center campuses continue to get larger, end users are innovating with unprecedented schedules, bringing new technology to market faster than ever, and they need the fabric of data center delivery to respond in kind. In parallel, the construction industry continues to result in 20% of workplace fatalities annually. How are the innovators in the industry working at these scales, mitigating risk, keeping people safe, and still making their deadlines. What can the supporting cast of characters building the required facilities do to keep pace?

    Moderator:

    Christopher McLean (bio)
    Director, Mission Critical Solutions
    M.C. Dean

    Panelists:

    Pamela Baughman (bio)
    Director, Cloud Operations + Innovation Safety
    Microsoft

    Jeff Davis (bio)
    Principal Program Manager Data Center Development
    Verizon Media

    Paul Konz (bio)
    Manager, Mission Critical Engineer; Design & Construction
    eBay

    Chris Sarvis (bio)
    Loss Control Manager
    Facebook

    Anita Tarab (bio)
    Global Director of Sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety, Data Centers
    Google

  • Tuesday, October 29
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Lunch & Networking
  • Tuesday, October 29
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Cutting Power Costs and CO2 Emissions: How Equinix Did Both with Fuel Cells

    Tuesday, October 29
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Cutting Power Costs and CO2 Emissions: How Equinix Did Both with Fuel Cells

    Clients choose Equinix, the largest vendor-neutral colocation and data center company in the world, for two reasons: reliability and resiliency. Equinix has a corporate goal of running its 145 data centers across five continents on 100% clean and renewable energy. Equinix wants not only to support its customers in an environmentally friendly way, but also to reduce its own $300M annual energy bill. As of 2016, Equinix had achieved 56% of its renewable goal through wind and fuel cell power. Working with Bloom Energy and a subsidiary of Southern Company, Equinix is rolling out fuel cell deployments at 15 North American data centers. By 2019, Equinix will generate 40+ megawatts of clean fuel cell power. Over their lifetime, these deployments will avoid 660,000 tons of carbon emissions and save 87 billion gallons of water that would have been used by natural gas or coal fired utility generation.

    Carl Cottuli (bio)
    Critical Power Systems Architect
    Bloom Energy

    Craig Pennington (bio)
    Vice President – Design Engineering
    Equinix

  • Tuesday, October 29
    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, October 29
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    New Horizons – Getting Back to Liquid Cooling

    Schedule

    Amidst a backdrop of increasing computing demand, warm liquid cooling is among the cutting edge technologies that have emerged to lower energy bills and improve resiliency in data centers. In this panel presentation, experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will give an overview of the applications and benefits of warm liquid cooling in data centers. Industry-wide efforts to develop open specifications for liquid cooling will also be discussed. Experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratory will share their success stories and lessons learned in implementing warm liquid cooling solutions as the industry approaches New Horizons.

    David Martinez (bio)
    Engineering Program Project Lead
    Sandia National Labs

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

    Otto Van Geet (bio)
    Principal Engineer
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Tuesday, October 29
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, October 29
    Breakout A:
    Going Gas – Modern Gas-Fired Power Generation in the Data Center

    Schedule

    With the emergence of hyperscale data centers and hundreds of MW deployment, power shortage becomes one of the main drivers for on-site self-generation solutions, along with community pressure to go green. Providing power supply in a reliable, environment-friendly and socially-acceptable way becomes increasingly challenging. We will discuss possibilities created by using modern gas-fired on-site generation for both backup and primary power supply. The presentation will cover technical aspects and design’s adaptations which are required to make it usable in such applications in terms of reliability, and market opportunities and challenges related to utilizing this technology in real-life applications.

    Quoc Pham (bio)
    Key Account Manager, Data Centers
    Wärtsilä Energy Solutions

    Adam Rajewski (bio)
    Application Manager, Data Centers
    Wärtsilä Energy Solutions

    Wedian Youssef (bio)
    Power Systems Engineer
    Schneider Electric

  • Tuesday, October 29
    Breakout B:
    Air Permits for Large Scale Data Centers in the US and the Great White North

    Schedule

    This presentation will review the various emissions reduction technologies available today for generator applications, their impact on generator operation, Emissions Codes/Standards/Regulations and CFD modeling of Stack Emissions as required for Code Compliance. A case study will be provided for a new data center facility with a proposed scalable generator plant of 80MW. The design with be reviewed along with the proposed analysis and solutions required to be implemented to comply with national and local regulations.

    Steven Shapiro (bio)
    Partner
    EYP Mission Critical Facilities

    Bob Stelzer (bio)
    President
    Safety Power

    Aimée Smith, M.Eng., P.Eng (bio)
    Technical Director/Principal
    RWDI

  • Tuesday, October 29
    Breakout C:
    Evolution of Data Centers, Grids & Energy Assets

    Schedule

    Electricity is the life blood of a Data Centers (DCs). As DC’s electricity demand grows, so has the ask for renewable energy (RE).  Energy providers/utilities accommodate RE intermittent generation with fast start resources and transmission to balance the grid.  DC’s employ an energy insurance policy in the form of generators and batteries (UPS) which are underutilized/stranded assets.  With coordination these stranded resources can be monetized by DC operators and utilities.  Black Hills Corp (BHC) has partnered with a hyper scale DC operator to leverage fast start natural gas generators in terms of tariffs and utility operations.   As BHC builds wind generation and accommodates DC growth, fast start natural gas generators are a solution benefitting both DC and grid operators.

    Eric Egge (bio)
    Director, Generation Dispatch & Power Marketing
    Black Hills Energy

    David Mitcheltree (bio)
    Senior Account Manager
    INNIO Jenbacher

  • Tuesday, October 29
    6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Sponsored Event:
    The Rock n Roll BBQ is Back

    Schedule

    7x24 Exchange is 30 Years Young … To Celebrate this Milestone we bring to you “The Voices of Rock Radio” … The event will start with a 2 hour networking barbecue and will conclude with a concert for the ages!

    Special thanks to the partners that made this event possible:

    ABB; ASCO Power Technology; Burns & McDonnell; Caterpillar; CNet Training; Data Aire; Distech Controls Energy Services, Inc.; DPR Construction; East Penn Mfg. Co.; Eaton; Edgecore Internet Real Estate; Enersys; Excool; Fibrebond; Fidelity Manufacturing, LLC; Gordon, Inc.; GS Yuasa Energy Solutions, Inc.; Innio Jenbacher Gmbh & Co OG; JE Dunn; Kohler Power; Layton Construction; MTU Onsite Energy; PDI; PowerSecure; Ramboll; SAFT; S&C Electric Company; Schneider Electric; Siemens Industry, Inc.; Sika Corporation; Starline; SUEZ; Sunbelt Rentals; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.; Systecon, an ENGIE Company; The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; Thomson Power Systems; Victaulic; Wärtsilä North America, Inc.;

  • Wednesday, October 30
    8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
    Opening Remarks

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

  • Wednesday, October 30
    8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
    Keynote:
    Using Big Data & Predictive Modeling to Validate Utility Energy Rebates


    Schedule

    John Dumler, PE, CEM (bio)
    Director of Energy Management
    Digital Realty

    Zahl Limbuwala (bio)
    Executive Director
    CBRE|Romonet

    Matt Renner (bio)
    Founder & Managing Director
    Northshore IO

    This presentation will walk the audience through the joint effort and experiences of the application of energy incentive rebates as a data center owner operator. Presenters from each organization involved will cover in case study style the method, tools, challenges and learning from finding, justifying and applying successfully for energy incentive rebates in one of Digital Realty’s data centers.

  • Wednesday, October 30
    9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Wednesday, October 30
    10:15 AM -11:15 AM
    Panel:
    A New Horizon for One Wilshire

    Schedule

    In 2015, One Wilshire was considered the most highly connected Internet point in the western U.S., according to Fortune Magazine, with undersea cables allowing one-third of Internet traffic from the U.S. to Asia to pass through the building. This case study will tell the story of how the critical infrastructure in this 53-year-old carrier hotel with 664,000 square feet located in the heart of LA has been transformed with a new state of the art 4,000-ton cooling solution and 20 MW of new critical power.

    Moderator:

    Rich Miller (bio)
    Founder & Editor
    Data Center Frontier

    Panelists:

    Eric Jensen (bio)
    Vice President/General Manager
    Data Aire

    Michael Mann (bio)
    Data Center Manager
    GI Property Management

    Gary Orazio (bio)
    President
    Swanson Rink

  • Wednesday, October 30
    11:15 AM -12:15 PM
    Importance of Automation and Predictive Maintenance at the Edge

    Schedule

    With the growing need for lights-out Edge sites that may be difficult to access and outside typical contractors who work consistently in the data center industry, the design and maintenance should not be approached with the same standards used for enterprise or hyperscale facility. A holistic approach to the facility from a design that includes automation to operations that include predictive maintenance techniques is critical. We will discuss design techniques that include automation and address redundancy concerns while addressing both electrical and mechanical predictive maintenance techniques to ensure maximum uptime. With power infrastructure so critical to site uptime we will touch on predictive maintenance using VLF Tan Delta and Partial Discharge testing, how they work and what they can give the facility for predicting failures and downtime as well as how to prepare the facility for this type of testing.

    Eric Bartlett (bio)
    Principal
    Technology Management, Inc.

    Chris Papp (bio)
    Senior Vice President
    Edge Data Center Solutions

    Stuart Spohn (bio)
    Director of Sales
    Power Solutions Group

  • Wednesday, October 30
    12:15 PM
    Conference Adjourns