Sessions do not qualify for continuing education credits from BICSI; attendees will receive an attendance certificate for personal use.

All times are EDT

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

The growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) could be a boon for the data center segment. A new report from Dell’Oro forecasts that AI infrastructure spending will propel data center capex to grow 15 percent to $500 billion by 2027. One of the benefits of AI in the data center is driving efficiencies by automating operational processes in traditional enterprise data centers like server upgrades, scheduling, monitoring, maintenance, patching, updating, reporting, and application delivery capacity planning. Gartner estimates that by 2025, half of cloud data centers will deploy advanced robots with AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities, resulting in 30% higher operating efficiency.


This roundtable discussion will address the following opportunities and benefits AI will have in the data center, as well as their effects on data center providers.

  • How cloud service providers and enterprises can optimize their infrastructure for AI
  • Near-term cloud and enterprise capex growth challenges
  • How AI and AI-powered data center operations use AI technologies and algorithms to automate and enhance management
  • How AI enables power outage predictions, lowers maintenance costs
Hervé Tardy Bob Desantis Scott Bergs Baron Fung

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fiber-optic cabling systems are ubiquitous in data centers because of their superior information-carrying capacity. But not all fiber networks are created equal. Characteristics that determine a fiber network’s ultimate capability include the fiber type (singlemode or multimode), termination style, connector performance, and system architecture/topology among others. This roundtable discussion considers the many factors that affect a fiber infrastructure’s high-speed, low-latency capability. It emphasizes how to match a network’s performance requirements with a fiber system’s ability to meet them.

Loren Rapp Carrie Goetz

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Modern data centers looking to upgrade their cooling strategies today have a range of technology options at their disposal, which this roundtable will contextualize and examine. For example, an operator looking for incremental upgrades might decide to equip racks with rear door heat exchangers to increase thermal handling capabilities. Others on the climb up to ‘cloud net zero’ may choose more efficient and sustainable CO2 chillers for upgrades. Data centers facing imminent AI workloads may find a move to direct liquid cooling more suitable. Direct liquid-to-chip cooling with cold plates is now also an option that can be retrofit into existing data centers without affecting adjacent systems. Other facilities may choose to advance all the way to offering immersion cooling capabilities. The discussion will recognize how data center cooling upgrades can be accomplished in stages, as a process, depending on an individual data center's size and the size of its technology

Maurizio Frizziero Chris Downie Udi Paret Mark Seymour

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Discover the crucial role of fiber optic connectivity in supporting high-speed data transfer and scalability for artificial intelligent (AI) workloads. Explore the evolution of fiber optic technologies, from 10GBASE-SR Ethernet to 800G and 1.6T transceivers, and their impact on AI performance. Learn about optimizing fiber optic connectivity for low-latency networks and efficient AI accelerator connections. Discover innovations in fiber optic cable designs, such as modern flexible ribbon solutions and multi-core fiber, to address density requirements and network speeds. Explore emerging fiber connectors that maximize panel density. Understand the importance of reducing skilled labor demand and automating fiber management. Join us to gain insights into the future of fiber optic infrastructure in AI-driven data centers.

Manja Thessin

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

When planning to upgrade transmission speeds, data center network administrators must plan for far more than new hardware. In several ways, a network speed upgrade can ripple through the entire data center ecosystem. This discussion covers the considerations that planners should make when mapping out a network speed increase. It provides multiple perspectives on how a high-speed migration impacts different systems, from media to supporting hardware, pathways, airflow, cooling and others. This detailed examination of an upgrade plan covers the topics that come to mind readily as well as those you may not have thought about.

Marcos Vasconcellos M.H Raza Valerie Maguire, BSEE

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

The presentation will describe the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to data center precision cooling. We will explain the technology and go through how it was applied for BMO’s two primary data centers. We will detail the various phases of the project and the resources involved. Finally, we will share the actual results in terms of energy savings, cost reductions and improved operations.

Bernie Oegema Simone D'Angelo

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

What is the physical security of the data center?

The physical security of a data center is the set of protocol built-in within the data center facilities in order to prevent any physical damage to the machines storing the data. Those protocols should be able to handle everything ranging from natural disasters to corporate espionage to terrorist attacks. That is the text definition, but what is it really?

Physical security has long served as a necessity to protect a business’ critical infrastructure and data from unauthorized access. In the data center market, physical security controls such as perimeter fencing, card readers and even biometric technology have become industry-standard safeguards to provide proper access. However, as risks—and even the way we routinely conduct business—continue to evolve and become more complex, businesses need to augment these controls with more advanced solutions. Advanced security technology allows users enriched oversight to empower and allow them to remotely manage access and monitor activity in near real time to better control physical security in a rapidly evolving security landscape. To help meet their security needs, many businesses leverage third-party data centers to provide the necessary physical security and compliance to help satisfy their own requirements and promote availability.

This webinar will discuss why data centers must employ strict physical security programs that provide ready access to authorized personnel while restricting unauthorized individuals.

Topics to be discussed:

  • How to conduct risk assessments as part of the site selection process and continue these assessments periodically throughout the life cycle of the data center
  • How to utilize layered physical security defenses and best practices such as building setbacks, perimeter fencing, card readers, biometric access controls, patrolling armed guards, video monitoring and visitor screenings to bolster physical security
  • The importance of data centers maintaining specific certifications and accreditations such as SOC 1, SOC2, PCI DSS, IS027001, HITRUST and FISMA to provide independent, third party assurance of the provider’s control implementation
  • How to implement innovative technologies that offer businesses improved oversight and tighter control of their physical environments to mitigate increasingly complex threats and remain secure and compliant
David Ellis Chuck Brooks Benjamin Butchko

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

For today's operators, modular design and construction solves for a range of infrastructure challenges. Prefabrication is the fast track to success for modular deployments, which include a hyperscale and colocation edge far more expansive, power hungry, and mission-critical than even optimists could’ve predicted. This roundtable will break modular data centers down into two clear categories:

  • Containerized – Data centers built into shipping container-sized packages that can be equipped and delivered on-site, ready to run. Such facilities are often broken down into multiple units, with the IT workload equipment in one container, and additional containers that house cooling, power, and increasingly, network switching equipment.
  • Modular – Prefabricated facilities including: packaged data center containers, designed to be added on or into existing data centers; and pre-built components that are shipped and delivered to a construction site for new data center builds or data center expansions.
Joe Reele Dr. Bernie Malouin Forest Halualani David Chernicoff

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

In this session, we will discuss how to plan for data center design requirements, understanding that each project is unique. A collaborative design approach allows manufacturers to tailor solutions that best fit the requirements and challenges of each client's project. We will also take a deeper dive into understanding standards, why they are in place, and when it is critical to follow them. Attendees will learn how to think purposefully when considering data center design.

Henry Franc, RCDD OSP CDCP

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Maximizing the data center capacity while maintaining the ability to expand or upgrade the network is challenging.  Air Blown Fiber (ABF) is a great technology and the solution that allow owners and operators of the data center to quickly and efficiently upgrade capacity without expanding their footprint, rather than paying for vacant space that might be used some day.  During the discussion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Product Manager will talk about ABF mechanism and how ABF adds design flexibility in the data center.

Yuko Agano

Regulations aimed at reducing the energy consumption of IT and promoting energy efficiency are here. Under a pair of California laws signed in October 2023, many large U.S. companies will be required to make broad-based climate-related disclosures starting as early as 2026. Organizations doing business in CA must comply, and we believe regulations will be extended into the greater United States with a recently passed SEC rule that may lead to a focus on IT energy consumption.

As the essential connection point between your IT infrastructure and the OT infrastructure supporting it, connected software is in a unique position to help answer sustainability questions. Schneider Electric has unveiled new model based, automated sustainability reporting features in EcoStruxure IT that are unlike anything available in the market. The new model offers customers a fast, intuitive, and simple-to-use reporting engine to help meet regulatory requirements. And it can scale from largest data center to the smallest server room, providing unprecedented visibility. 

In this webinar, we'll hear from Jon Gould, Director Business Development Software at Schneider Electric, and Satish Nookala, Director of Asset Product Management at CyrusOne, to learn more about how strategy and digitization with connected software and digital services are helping data centers meet their decarbonization goals.

They'll discuss:
- what new regulations may mean for data centers and IT energy consumption
- how DCIM 3.0 has evolved over the years and where it's going
- how data center software addresses sustainability concerns
- a case study on how CyrusOne is meeting sustainability goals with digital solutions

Jon Gould

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) has become an integral part of the fabric of facility operations. This session will examine how DCIM tools now have an even greater role in enabling operators to manage and optimize infrastructure.

Along with monitoring and measurement of critical resources, such as power of the utility, backup and renewable varieties, the panel will also discuss how DCIM has an increasingly strong role to play in sustainability/ESG tracking imperatives, as data centers hurtle headlong toward decarbonized and net zero operations.

The session will also consider how new DCIM tools are hitting the fiber “sweet spot” in traditional areas of network interconnection, and how the scalable rise of AI and modular edge implementations is also thickening the plot in the continuing story of the evolution of DCIM for hyperscale and colocation data centers. 

Greg Johnson

Sessions do not qualify for continuing education credits from BICSI; attendees will receive an attendance certificate for personal use.