Schedule

  • Sunday, June 13
    1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Registration
  • Sunday, June 13
    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Certified Mission Critical Operator (CMCO) Exam

    The CMCO exam was developed by subject matter experts from the Data Center industry to be used as an agnostic tool to validate an individual’s skills against industry best practices. The audience for the exam is anyone that operates a data center, supports data center operations and/or sells into a data center environment.

    Proctored by:
    Bryan Kainrath
    President
    Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA)

  • Sunday, June 13
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Outdoor Welcome Reception

    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 14
    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Registration

    Check in and pick up your name badge.

  • Monday, June 14
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Outdoor Breakfast

    Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast.

  • Monday, June 14
    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 14
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Conference Keynote:
    Leading From Any Seat: Stories from the Cockpit & Lessons from the Grit Factor

    Shannon Huffman PolsonShannon Huffman Polson (bio)
    One of the first U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots, Author of North of Hope and The Grit Factor

    Tenacity, determination, grit and an innate ability to lead has defined Shannon Huffman Polson. An adventurous young woman, she summited Mount McKinley (now Denali) and, at the time, was the youngest woman to complete the attempt. From there, she was commissioned in the Army and was one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter. Through her leadership and aviation skills she earned the right to lead two flight platoons and was the first woman to command an Apache flight company in the 2nd Infantry Division. With real-world stories and insights from in and out of the cockpit, she offers tangible leadership lessons for audience members to seek out their own targets and, where passion and purpose intersect, incorporate them into their own professional lives.

  • Monday, June 14
    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Monday, June 14
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Crisis Construction!

    Cloud regions are declared, data center campuses continue to get expand, new technology is forcing unprecedented schedules, we need the fabric of data center delivery to respond in kind…. and full stop. A global pandemic hits and threatens the growth and operations of the most essential and efficient communications networks on Earth, and attempts to stifle the most innovative minds by separating their teams. We refuse to be defined by all the negative. We find ways to adapt, and create a fabric for safety, inclusion and success. We create, educate and learn, and take the best ideas and adaptations to shape a better data center ecosystem.

    Chris McLean (bio)
    Director of Mssion Critical Services
    MC Dean

    Chris Sarvis (bio)
    Global Loss Control Manager
    Facebook

    Eric Zuhlke (bio)
    EHS Manager
    Google Data Center Construction

  • Monday, June 14
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Applying What We’ve Learned in 2020 to Strategic Operational Planning

    The pandemic of 2020 created a new set of realities that each of us had to embrace in our personal and professional lives. In the digital infrastructure industry, it showed each of us just how prepared our production environments were for stress, and how much stress these plans could accommodate. Looking back on what we saw, we have the opportunity to create much stronger operational plans, which account for much deeper and wider types of stress. And while another global pandemic of the magnitude of COVID-19 is less likely in the coming years, there are a wide range of other stresses that each of us must embrace in our strategic thinking and operational planning for complex digital infrastructures – which are now at the heart of each of our organizations.

    Matt Stansberry (bio)
    Vice President North America
    Uptime Institute

  • Monday, June 14
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Outdoor Lunch and Networking
  • Monday, June 14
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Panel
    Connectedness 2.0 – How the Convergence of 5G, IoT, and Edge Computing Will Alter the Data Center Ecosystem

    The data center industry has been evolving since its inception. Today’s advances are just the next step in that evolutionary path. In many ways the distributed processing model being adopted today is really a full circle from where the industry first started in IT closets 45 years ago. As this next step comes into focus for the industry, we all need to better understand where it is going. The edge systems, in many ways, are just starting to take hold in the industry in a meaningful way. From cloud proliferation, to monetization of apps, to autonomous vehicle response and control, edge systems and the data centers they are and will be requiring will eventually dominate our landscape. With all of the potential uses these sites will take on many forms and land in many places. Our panel will explore the implications of how these systems and sites will affect the industry and what that affect will have on us all.

    Moderator:
    Jason Sanders (bio)
    Division Manager
    Turner Construction

    Panelists:
    Bill Radford (bio)
    CIO
    EdgePresence

    Tom Widawsky (bio)
    East Region Tech Principal
    HDR Inc.

  • Monday, June 14
    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • Monday, June 14
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Monday, June 14
    3:00 PM – 4:00 AM
    Breakout A:
    Bridging the Talent Gap

    Both 7x24 Exchange International and iMasons have long recognized the challenge our industry faces in filling the talent pipeline, and both organizations have initiatives intended to address it. And, the challenge persists. Join the presenters in an open discussion about the industry initiatives in-place, what’s working, what’s not, and how we can work together better to solve this problem.

    Dennis Cronin (bio)
    Chair, iMasons Education Committee and
    Founding Member, 7x24 Exchange International

    Jeff Omelchuck (bio)
    Executive Director
    Infrastructure Masons

  • Monday, June 14
    3:00 PM – 4:00 AM
    Breakout B:
    Is the Department of Defense a Hyperscaler?

    Hosting data in a Multicloud environment has become an increasingly prevalent industry strategy, and federal agencies are no exception to realizing the benefits. But what happens when mission requirements limit the benefits of cloud deployments? Enterprise data centers remain an integral component of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community’s infrastructure. From Greenfield site selection to supporting legacy facilities, this session will discuss the stakeholders and decision drivers behind growth of the USG’s critical mission infrastructure.

    Samuel Goodman (bio)
    Engineer
    United States Department of Defense

  • Monday, June 14
    3:00 PM – 4:00 AM
    Breakout C:
    Medium Voltage in Data Centers: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

    To address the ever-increasing power requirements, data center design engineers are turning to medium voltage (MV) power distribution. The traditional approach of using multiple, large conductors to distribute low voltage power throughout the facility has evolved into using medium voltage distribution throughout large data centers. While this new method allows for stepping down to low voltage close to the load, improper installation and testing procedures can lead to immediate or premature failures. Most electrical contractors do not have extensive experience installing MV equipment, and are often unaware of MV-related “gotchas” that do not exist at lower voltages. Inexperience with MV best practices from a testing standpoint and failure to follow manufacturer installation instructions are common causes of electrical events and unplanned outages.

    Brandon Sedgwick, PE (bio)
    President
    Hood Patterson & Dewar

  • Monday, June 14
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    WiMCO®: Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent – How Google Is Leading the Way

    Google is succeeding in attracting and retaining diverse talent. Be part of the ongoing conversation as Brenda shares her perspective and experiences with concrete examples you’ll be able to utilize at your own organizations and reap the benefits of a more diverse team.
    Organized by the Women in Mission Critical Operations (WiMCO) Committee

    Brenda Standridge (bio)
    Site Operations Manager
    Google Alabama

  • Tuesday, June 15
    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Registration & Outdoor Breakfast

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

  • Tuesday, June 15
    8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Bob Cassiliano will review day one highlights, recognize the conference Corporate Leadership Program sponsors and give a 7x24 Exchange update.

  • Tuesday, June 15
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Keynote: Bridging the Digital Divide

    An estimated 18% of US students do not have broadband access and one in four teenagers living in households with incomes below $30,000 do not have a computer at home. In this session, the presenters will examine how the COVID pandemic has exposed substantial disparities in the abilities of many of this nation’s school age children to receiving the education they need to compete and thrive in our knowledge-based economy. The piece will explore how the continued expansion of the “digital divide” has long-term implications for these students and our nation as a whole.

    Chris Crosby (bio)
    CEO
    Compass Datacenters

    Nancy Novak (bio)
    Chief Innovation Officer
    Compass Datacenters

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, June 15
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Panel
    DCIRN – Building a Global Knowledge Database

    Is it not ironic that the industry collecting performance data on all the world’s industries, shares very little real performance data about its own operations? Year after year we read reports on datacenter incidents, anomalies and outright crashes with statements that X % of incidents are caused by this and Y % are caused by that. We keep hearing about the human factor in all these incidents but no details. How much of the human factor is due to inexperience, lack of supervision or poor security controls? Likewise, on equipment incidents, how much is infant mortality, overload, lack of maintenance or old age? The reports we read are based largely on interpreted events with much extrapolation on frequencies. It is DCIRN’s charter to create a statistically significant knowledge database of global data center incidents, their causes and the solutions effected to prevent their reoccurrence.

    Moderator:
    Dennis Cronin, DMCO (bio)
    CEO Americas
    DCIRN and
    Founding Member
    7x24 Exchange International

    Panelists:
    Scott MacIntire (bio)
    Vice President of Client Services
    Salute Mission Critical

    Jeff Omelchuck (bio)
    Executive Director
    Infrastructure Masons

    Vali Sorell (bio)
    Principal Hardware Engineer, Datacenter Integration Services
    Microsoft

    Ben Stewart (bio)
    Senior Vice President of Operations
    NTT Global Data Centers Americas

  • Tuesday, June 15
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Predictive Analytics: Creating Actionable Intelligence through Swarms of Data

    The data center market has long had experience with capturing data and interpreting that data into actionable intelligence. Still, most available systems are not easily integrated across domains and various equipment communications protocols make creating an integrated predictive analytics platform challenging. However, Compass Datacenters and Schneider Electric are working together to learn how they can better leverage IoT data streams from the critical infrastructure to better manage long term service and operational costs while reducing downtime risk. This joint presentation will look at how Compass and Schneider are piloting a system that unifies all the data streams into a single gateway and feeds to the cloud through a cyber-secure portal where subject matter experts develop and train a rules-based predictive analytics platform. This presentation will review the current use of analytics in the data center, while demonstrating the potential evolution of predictive analytics through Compass and Schneider’s case study.

    Adil Attlassy (bio)
    Chief Technical Officer
    Compass Datacenters

    Wendi Runyon (bio)
    VP of Strategy & Business Development
    Schneider Electric

  • Tuesday, June 15
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    Outdoor Lunch and Networking
  • Tuesday, June 15
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Panel
    Mixing Liquids Into Your Data Center – Global Recipe for Success

    This panel discussion by OCP Advanced Cooling Facility leaders will look at key issues and solution evolution associated with adding liquid cooled IT as standard practice in the life cycle of data centers. Discussion will include review of case study and deployed designs, including trade-off discussions – temperatures, dew point operation, heat rejection paths. Optimized use of liquid cooled IT maximizes efficiency, sustainability and enables reuse of heat/energy.

    Moderator:
    Don Mitchell (bio)
    Data Center Division Manager
    Victaulic and
    Co-Project Leader
    OpenComputeProject – Advanced Cooling Facilities sub-project

    Panelists:
    John Gross (bio)
    Owner and Mechanical Engineering Lead
    JM Gross Engineers

    John Musilli, PMP, CDCE (bio)
    Solutions Architect
    Critical Project Services

    Vali Sorell (bio)
    Principal Hardware Engineer, Datacenter Integration Services
    Microsoft

  • Tuesday, June 15
    3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Refreshment Break
  • Tuesday, June 15
    3:30 PM – 4:30 AM
    Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, June 15
    3:30 PM – 4:30 AM
    Breakout A:
    Open Collaboration and Vendor Agnosticism in Data Centers

    When it comes to building a data center, organizations need to balance timelines and costs with their unique geographical and technological requirements. To this end, supply chains play a critical role in the success of every data center project. When supply chains are optimal and reliable, projects stay on schedule. But this is often easier said than done. During the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, many organizations saw firsthand just how fragile supply chains can quickly become—and what happens when they fall apart or run into unforeseen delays.

    Rob Coyle (bio)
    Data Center Facilities Lead
    Open Compute Project

  • Tuesday, June 15
    3:30 PM – 4:30 AM
    Breakout B:
    Methods of Heat Rejection: A Tool for Making an Informed Decision

    There are multiple ways for dissipating the heat generated in a data center. System types available are all evaporative cooling; wet/dry cooling; non-evaporative cooling and hybrid. The following criteria can be used to make an informed decision: location; IT load by year; climate data; cost of electricity and cost of water/ sewer. With these criteria, a variety of simulations can be used to determine the best method of IT load heat rejection. The presentation will explore ways to determine what system or a choice of systems is best based on total cost of ownership.

    R. Stephen Spinazzola, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE BEAP (bio)
    Director
    Shumate Engineering

  • Tuesday, June 15
    3:30 PM – 4:30 AM
    Breakout C:
    Creating a Sustainability Vision for Data Centers: Where to Start

    There is no denying the challenges ahead in addressing sustainability. But what does that mean for data centers? To achieve sustainability we must balance economic, environmental and social factors in equal harmony. We must live within the means of our natural resources. We must consume our natural resources, natural resources such as energy, in a sustainable manner. Yet, our data centers are continuing to consume more and more energy as the demand for data processing and data storage grows and this will have a significant impact on the environment and cannot be ignored. So what do we do and how do we do it?

    Melissa Chambal, CDCDP, CDCMP, CDCEP, CDCAP, CNIDP, CTPM, ATS, RCDD, (bio)
    US LATAM & Canada Technical Manager
    CNet Training

  • Wednesday, June 16
    8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
    Opening Remarks

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

  • Wednesday, June 16
    8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
    Keynote: High Density Compute is Here: The Challenges, Opportunities & Roadmap to Success

    Once the domain of HPC users only, high density compute, networking, and storage solutions are creating infrastructure challenges for IT and facilities ecosystems. High density is going mainstream! Businesses across verticals are rapidly accelerating the adoption of AI, IoT and 5G technologies, requiring new data center designs and infrastructure changes. In this panel discussion, experts from NVIDIA, University of Texas Arlington, and Vertiv will discuss drivers, challenges, lessons learned and solutions to enable legacy data centers, edge sites and greenfield builds to successfully manage the transition to high density air and liquid cooling solutions.

    Moderator
    Greg Stover (bio)
    Director, Strategic Initiatives
    Vertiv

    Panelists

    Dereje Agonafer (bio)
    Site Director, NSF IUCRC Center in Energy Efficient Systems
    University of Texas at Arlington

    Nigel Gore (bio)
    Senior Manager, Global Offerings High Density and Liquid Cooling,
    Vertiv

    Jeremy Rodriguez (bio)
    Senior Director, Data Center
    Engineering NVIDIA

  • Wednesday, June 16
    9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    Refreshment Break
  • Wednesday, June 16
    10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
    Critical Facilities Redefined

    Beyond enhancing the convenience in homes with devices such as smart thermostats and doorbells, the Internet of Things (IoT) has redefined our relationship with data. The first generation of IoT deployments transitioned SCADA-style solutions to IoT Platforms, offering advanced insight and more comprehensive integration, increasing the capabilities and flexibility in managing facilities, machinery, and infrastructure, often at a global level. We are now entering the second generation of IoT enablement where instead of IoT supplementing an operation, it is now becoming the integral solution within itself. Aided by the marriage of analytics, telecommunications advances, and edge computing, IoT ecosystems are becoming the key to solving some of the world’s most challenging problems, both big and small. This seminar explains the evolution underway for IoT from supplementary technology to being the answer within itself, using several real-world examples to show this natural progression and how this is intrinsically tied to edge computing.

    Luke Dalske (bio)
    COO
    Radix IoT, LLC

    Michael Skurla (bio)
    CPO
    Radix IoT, LLC

  • Wednesday, June 16
    11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    A Glimpse into the Future – The Urban 5G Project

    Ultimately, 5G networks will permeate cities to support a wealth of applications via antenna networks. In this presentation, Keith Rutledge, GM, EdgePoint for Compass Datacenters will present an overview the live “test lab” being developed in concert with the Autonomy Institute and the University of Texas, that will exemplify the structure of future urban 5G networks, and how it will be used to answer critical questions surrounding the combination of technologies comprising these configurations including: defining coverage areas, antenna densities and the ratio of edge/micro facilities to antennas as well as considerations regarding bandwidth, latency and processing power.

    Keith Rutledge (bio)
    GM, EdgePoint
    Compass Datacenters

  • Wednesday, June 16
    12:15 PM
    Conference Adjourns

Conference Keynote

Leading From Any Seat: Stories from the Cockpit & Lessons from the Grit Factor

Shannon Huffman Polson

Shannon Huffman Polson

One of the first U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots, Author of North of Hope and The Grit Factor.

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