Schedule

  • 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Registration
  • Sunday, June 2
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Modeling Data Centers to Predict Behavior

    This tutorial session will introduce the basic concepts of Data Center modeling, which can help to estimate and predict key performance indicators. Mission critical facilities present a high coupling between IT equipment and their physical environment. The energy consumed in a data center is related to the workload processed, affecting the physical environment during operation. If a data center does not process any workload, it will consume a fixed amount of energy in order to maintain the availability of all the required resources waiting for use. As workload increases, the power and airflow required increases, reaching a maximum, where the time required for processing the workload may also increase. The model serves as the basis to develop simulations and predictions to evaluate data centers under different scenarios. Parameters such as workloads and IT equipment specifications are used to estimate quality of service, power, airflow, energy, and key performance indicators through the model. The formulation describes the different parameters and simplifications considered. The attendees will be shown how the results help to assess strategies for end-to-end resource management and key performance indicators improvement. Examples will be presented to develop an understanding of the data center modeling and simulations processes and to draw practical conclusions.

    Moises Levy (bio)
    Director, Grupo Tecnosel
    PhD(c), Florida Atlantic University

  • Sunday, June 2
    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 partnership 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 Critical Facilities
    Syska Hennessey Group

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

    Rich Garrison (bio)
    Partner
    Alfa Tech

    K. Martin Gollwitzer (bio)
    Global Practice Leader, Critical Facilities
    Gensler

    Michael Swetz (bio)
    Vice President, Enterprise Technology Services
    State Street Corporation

  • Sunday, June 2
    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.

  • Monday, June 3
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast

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

  • Monday, June 3
    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, June 3
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Conference Keynote:
    Bottom Up Leadership and How It Saved Lives in Benghazi

    Kris “Tanto” Paronto (bio)
    Inspiring Hero of the 2012 Benghazi Attack & Subject of
    the Major Motion Picture, 13 Hours

    Kris Paronto—“Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles—is a former Army Ranger from the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and a private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the U.S. Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists for over 13 hours. Paronto’s story is told in the 2016 major motion picture 13 Hours. In this program, Paronto uses his experiences in Benghazi that taught him the importance of being able to depend and trust his team, especially in times of major crisis. From combat to business, he shares techniques, stories, and lessons he learned from having a strong team under fire.

  • Monday, June 3
    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Monday, June 3
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Panel:
    HyperScale Needs HyperSkill: Mitigating the Labor Shortage

    As the data center industry is experiencing unprecedented and explosive growth, the environment that supports this boom needs to expand at the same rate. However, the quantity and quality of skilled labor across the full spectrum of design, construction, and facility management has proven to be a significant hindrance to the market’s desired speed and volume of data center deployment. This gap is amplified by the complexity of data centers’ labor and staffing requirements, ranging from skilled trade labor to data center operations to engineers and more. This panel will address the challenges of this labor shortage and how the industry is responding to close the gap.

    Moderator:
    Frank Nash (bio)
    Senior Director
    Schneider Electric

    Panelists:
    Dennis D. Cronin (bio)
    CEO, Resilient Solutions and
    Founding Member, 7x24 Exchange International

    Chris Jansen (bio)
    Senior Vice President
    Faith Technologies

    Bill Mazzetti, PE (bio)
    Senior Vice President & Chief Engineer
    Rosendin Electric

    Nancy Novak (bio)
    Senior Vice President of Construction
    Compass Datacenters

  • Monday, June 3
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Processing at the Edge: The Ghost in the Device

    The era of Edge is fast taking shape as devices, networks, core storage and software are configured ‘on the ground’ to deliver real world benefits of processing close to the source. Yet more than three years of DCD analysis and discussion indicates how the refinement of Edge systems may be just the beginning of a new series of adoption challenges as the technology fights to make a business and investment case, and fights also to achieve a level of understanding sufficient to enable acceptance. Stephen will also reference research conducted by DCD in North America and recently across the major markets of the Asia Pacific to look at how the balance between technology, perception and delivery is being mapped as Edge moves forward.

    Stephen Worn (bio)
    Chief Technology Officer & APAC Director
    Data Center Dynamics

  • Monday, June 3
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Lunch and Networking
  • Monday, June 3
    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!

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

  • Monday, June 3
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Latest Data Center Outage Trends, Causes and Costs

    Learn Uptime Institute’s new findings about data center outages, including trends in causes and types and strategies for reducing the number and impact of outages.

    Chris Ludeman (bio)
    Director of Business Development / Eastern US Region
    Uptime Institute

  • Monday, June 3
    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    7x24 Exchange Traditional Create Your Own Sundae Break
  • Monday, June 3
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Monday, June 3
    Breakout A:
    Optimizing Your Infrastructure Architecture for IoT

    In the spirit of the chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the vast majority of companies’ existing network infrastructures are completely unprepared to support even the most rudimentary IoT applications. Over reliance on the public network, outdated switching hardware and inefficient design present significant architectural challenges delivering the degree of low latency necessary to enable volumes of data to be processed and acted upon. The presenter will examine the structure of existing infrastructure architectures and identify the major inefficiencies and chokepoints that stand in the path of effective IoT implementations. During this discussion, Mr. Fotouh will discuss the emerging hardware bandwidth standards and infrastructure design alternatives that are being adopted to support IoT applications across a variety of industries.

    Sharif Fotouh (bio)
    Managing Director, Compass Edge Solutions
    Compass Datacenters

  • Monday, June 3
    Breakout B:
    Digital Infrastructure for the Digital Age

    The future of data centers is being influenced by industrial trends, such as hyperscale, wireless, security and digital. Digital distribution systems and equipment enable deep component visibility and easy automation for even lights out data center operations. Digital electrical equipment, such as digital switchgear, is the ultimate example of Edge Processing. The system communicates peer to peer and makes decisions without having to communicate back through the centralized control system. Join this session to learn how innovative digital technologies not only improve system communication, but also simplify the electrical system to save data center owners space, costs, time and risk.

    Dave Sterlace (bio)
    Global Head of Data Center Technology
    ABB

  • Monday, June 3
    Breakout C:
    Processing at the Edge: Quantum Computing Impact to…Everything

    This presentation will review state-of-the-state of quantum computing, and the perceived impact QC will have on mechanical and electrical systems, how the technology change will impact current design and operations topologies, and ability to adapt existing real estate as those things exist today. The mechanical impact to the ballroom, and the changes to the central mechanical plants, if necessary, to supply systems that have operating elements close to zero degrees. The overall impact to electrical, both to the device, and of the supporting mechanical equipment, will be discussed. How close coupled cooling to the QC chassis impacts things like fluid transfer in the IT space. We will explore how processing changes potentially reduces the quantity and type of individual servers, the fabric of the cloud, and the reduction or modification of real estate, as well as how adaptable. As well as how adaptable existing real estate can receive the technology.

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

  • Monday, June 3
    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    PANEL: Secrets to Building High Performing Teams in Mission Critical Environments

    Join WiMCO and leaders from Facebook’s Infrastructure Data Centers team as they share their experiences as sponsors, mentors, and allies, and how these relationships were formed. They will also discuss how these relationships helped them to build high-performing teams based on their people’s strengths and hear some perspectives from those on their teams. Panelists will speak about their personal experience navigating career pathways in the data center industry, and highlight how Facebook’s open and inclusive culture, focus on mentoring, and professional development programs contributed to their success. Join them and discover what you can take away to create or sustain your own high performing teams, retain great talent in a competitive market, and maximize productivity.

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

     

    Moderator:
    Michelle Carr (bio)
    Pre-Construction Manager
    Facebook

    Panelists:
    Adrain Garner (bio)
    Facility Operations Chief Building Engineer
    Facebook

    Randi Johnson (bio)
    Global Data Center Facilities Operations Director, Central Region
    Facebook

    Jean Normandy (bio)
    Facility Operations Manager
    Facebook

    James Swensen (bio)
    Director, Global Data Center Facility Operations
    Facebook

    Tom Winter (bio)
    Global Data Center Facilities Operations Director, East Region
    Facebook

    Heather Woolery (bio)
    Site Startup Program Manager
    Facility Operations, Infra Data Centers

    Facebook

  • Tuesday, June 4
    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • Tuesday, June 4
    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, June 4
    10:00 AM – 10:10 AM
    Tribute to 7x24 Exchange International President, David Schirmacher

  • Tuesday, June 4
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Keynote:
    Data Centers – From Tech to Utility

    Chris Crosby (bio)
    CEO
    Compass Datacenters

    The level of expectation for the availability and functionality of data center-supported applications has become analogous to the same presumption that we have whenever we flip a light switch: It should just work, and you shouldn’t have to think about it. In effect, data centers have reached a level of ubiquity that requires them to provide the same level of service as utility companies. The presenter will examine the impact of this transition on the data center marketplace, as data centers are expected to operate not as technology but as a utility. The session will also include a discussion of the changes that data center providers are making to their modes of operation to maintain their competitiveness in the face of increasing levels of customer expectation and demand.

  • Tuesday, June 4
    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, June 4
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Facebook’s Thriving Data Centers – A Case Study

    With over two billion monthly active users, Facebook has experienced tremendous growth across its suite of products (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger). This explosive growth demands extensive infrastructure, one that is sophisticated enough to serve its still growing user base. Facebook has answered this call by shifting away from leased space and colocations to designing and building their own data centers – their first was built in Prineville, Oregon, in 2011 – and they have not stopped building since. Now, with 15 data centers operating or in construction across the globe, they have continued to evolve their data center design, construction, and approach to start up. In this presentation, leaders from Facebook’s Infra Data Centers team will share how Facebook has continued to build, start up, and operate their cutting-edge data centers with unparalleled success.

    Michelle Carr (bio)
    Pre-Construction Manager
    Facebook

    Dan Lee (bio)
    Global Data Center Design Director
    Facebook

    James Swensen (bio)
    Director, Global Data Center Facility Operations
    Facebook

  • Tuesday, June 4
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Panel:
    ES2: Moving Toward Intelligent Self-Sensing, Self-Regulating Data Centers

    Designing, operating and maintaining a modern data center, including those used for Edge Computing, presents a host of options – but what is really important and how should you choose? Is it sufficient just to produce a design that operates within guidelines? Do you need a scientific assessment? Or, will pure technology win the day? Leading individuals from the National Science Foundation Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems Industry University Cooperative Research Center will debate what’s important including ASHRAE thermal guidelines, power and cooling infrastructure, energy reuse, right-sizing your IT and intelligent controls, along with the latest research in these areas. Come and join this controversial debate on how to be a best in class data center today, and tomorrow.

    Moderator:
    Bahgat Sammakia (bio)
    VP for Research
    Binghamton University

    Panelists:
    Dereje Agonafer (bio)
    Jenkins Garrett Professor, Site Director,
    NSF IUCRC Center in Energy Efficient Systems and
    Director, Electronics, MEMS & Nanoelectronics Systems Packaging Center
    University of Texas, Arlington

    Kanad Ghose (bio)
    BU Site Director, ES2 and
    Professor of Computer Science Binghamton University

    Alfonso Ortega (bio)
    Associate Director
    NSF Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems

    Roger Schmidt (bio)
    IBM Fellow Emeritus, Traugott Distinguished Professor,
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.,
    (Retired IBM Chief Engineer for Data Center Energy Efficiency) Syracuse University

    Mark Seymour (bio)
    CTO
    Future Facilities

  • Monday, June 3
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    Lunch and Networking
  • Tuesday, June 4
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Hyperscale Data Centers in the Age of Edge Computing

    The coming wave of Edge Computing will stretch the Cloud beyond today’s paradigms. Rapid changes, new technologies, and speed to market are driving new and unknown demands, challenging the maturing Hyperscale marketplace. Hyperscale clients position themselves for changes in Technology. Facilities built by and for Hyperscale Data Center clients were already a breed apart from what the Enterprise Users and Colocation Providers traditionally provided. Edge Computing is impacting Demand, Site Selection, Design, Vendor Selection, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning, Network Facility Management, and Cost Management. Different perspectives on appropriate IT cooling, power, reliability/availability, carbon footprint, risk avoidance, procurement process, and IT Strategy will emerge. This presentation will explore their unique drivers and how the demands from the Edge will impact tomorrow’s decisions.

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

    Joshua J. Fluecke, PE, LEED AP (bio)
    Associate Principal
    Syska Hennessy Group

  • Tuesday, June 4
    3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, June 4
    3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, June 4
    Breakout A:
    From Coal to Lakewater

    On the site of the State Line Generating Plant in Hammond, Indiana, where, from 1929 until it was decommissioned in 2012, the coal fired power plant which at times produced 1 GW of power, a new innovative data center is being planned and constructed. The first major data center in this region of Indiana will take advantage of the natural elements of water, wind and sun. Not only will the Digital Crossroads data center provide server space for national companies and major institutions, there are long-term plans to develop a tech startup incubator, renewable energy generation and a greenhouse warmed by waste heat from the servers. The presentation is a case study of the history and implementation of this project.

    Thomas Kutz (bio)
    VP Mission Critical Special Projects
    Digital Crossroads Lake Michigan

    Jesse Foley (bio)
    Managing Director
    AHA Consulting Engineers

  • Monday, June 4
    Breakout B:
    Infrastructure 2020 and Beyond – The Focus on Workloads

    To harness better application response times across data workloads that are stretched to the edge, IT professionals must toggle between seemingly endless infrastructure options that promise varying degrees of optimization, performance, and scalability. Considerations include: public cloud, private cloud, containers, virtualization and just as important, how do you keep track of all this hardware and software? What’s current? Who has access? Has the maintenance contract expired? Pulling from trends and first-person research, this presentation will highlight how workloads are driving the decision making of CIOs and what personnel should focus on to remain relevant in the new infrastructure world order.

    Mark Gaydos (bio)
    CMO
    Nlyte Software

  • Monday, June 4
    Breakout C:
    Atlas Shrugged: Addressing the Data Center Capacity Gap

    This presentation assesses the social, technological and regulatory environments that are driving the current data center capacity requirements, and suggests where future innovation can be focused to help close the gap between demand and supply.

    Tim Dueck (bio)
    Vice President
    Gephart Electric

  • Tuesday, June 4
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Sponsored Event: An Evening Under The Big Top

    Step right up and join the fun as 7x24 Exchange turns 30! This birthday celebration is sure to be The Greatest Show in Data Center history as we turn the Boca Resort into our very own Big Top!  Enjoy a circus-like atmosphere while you network and conduct business with attendees… complete with food and drink, live performers, music and games for all.

    Special thanks to the partners that made this event possible:

    ABB, American Electric Power, ASCO Power Technology, Caterpillar, CNet Training, Data Aire, DPR Construction, EastPenn Manufacturing, EnerSys, Federal Pacific, Gephart Electric, Gordon, GS Yuasa, HED, Landstar, MTU Onsite Energy, PDI, PowerSecure, S&C Electric Company, Schneider Electric, Siemens Industry, Sika Sarnafil, Silent-Aire, Starline, Sunbelt Rentals, Syska Hennessy Group, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Thomson Power Systems, United Rentals, Wärtsilä North America

  • Wednesday, June 5
    8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
    Opening Remarks

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

  • Wednesday, June 5
    8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
    Keynote: New Power Architectures for the Edge
     

    Jack Pouchet (bio)
    Vice President Sales
    Natron Energy

    As IT resources move ever closer to the client at the ‘Edge’ the facilities and operations landscape begins to change rapidly requiring new design considerations, specification, and power architectures. Yes, Tier ratings can help us but many of these new Edge facilities are running lights out, in multi-use buildings where security, power quality, and power continuity are not top priorities. In this session, Jack will help us navigate the new Edge landscape, identify some of the obstacles associated operating in this environment, and provide valuable insights and recommendations for new power architectures, battery chemistries, and managing the lights-out, remote locations.

  • Wednesday, June 5
    9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Wednesday, June 5
    10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
    Managing a Remote Distributed Edge Infrastructure

    There are many challenges to integrating a building monitoring system for one building. The design and specification of devices to get the correct information is critical. No matter how much you plan there are often issues arise that are not planned. Such as network security issues, firmware incompatibility, protocol issues, installation inconsistencies and part shortages. Now, imagine if there were multiple Edge sites that are unmanned and spread geographically across many different regions. How would would this possibly complicate the design and integration of the system? What will you encounter that you don’t plan for and how will it be solved? In this presentation we will discuss the differences and similarities of a single site deployment and Edge deployments. What devices are typically monitored and how they integrate. Also, share valuable lessons that were encountered with the remote site deployments.

    Luke Dalske (bio)
    VP of Deployment & Integration
    BitBox USA

    John Mangiante (bio)
    Network Development Manager
    Google Fiber

  • Wednesday, June 5
    11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    Why Validated Skills Matter

    For decades there have been numerous vendor-sponsored and vendor-neutral credentials developed for the world of IT Technology. However, the industry has been seriously lacking in developing credentials for those we entrust to deliver 24 x 7 Mission Critical operation of the data center facility. With the availability of the CMCO Exam, that has now changed.

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration provided a grant to enable the creation of a multi-faceted program to prepare tomorrow’s workforce for the Mission Critical Operator role. In an industry-wide process, a full job skills analysis was conducted, and findings were validated through a global survey. Experienced Mission Critical Operators from major corporations then created the Mission Critical Operator Blueprint – areas every Mission Critical Operator must have to be effective – including maintenance, process management, reporting, and incidence response. This knowledge Blueprint now serves as the basis upon which the certification program was built.

    The session will discuss the benefits of the credential for individuals, End User organizations, Consulting firms and Vendor organizations.

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

  • Wednesday, June 5
    12:15 PM
    Conference Adjourns

Conference Keynote

Bottom Up Leadership and How It Saved Lives in Benghazi

Kris “Tanto” Paronto

Kris “Tanto” Paronto (bio)
Inspiring Hero of the
2012 Benghazi Attack & Subject of the Major Motion Picture, 13 Hours

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