Data Centre World Virtual 2021 - Agenda

Please note: The below agenda is not a complete programme. We will finalise our agenda and provide full details here in the coming weeks.

7th July

09:15
Welcome

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09:15 - 09:55
PANEL: A big step to Climate Neutrality?

  • Astrid Wynne - Sustainability Lead, Techbuyer
  • Kevin Kent - Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions
  • Michael Winterston - Managing Director, Equinix
  • Alban Schmutz - Chairman, CISPE

In a world with billions of devices and growing volumes of data, data centres must scale to meet the basic needs of society, but face increasing scrutiny on sustainability credentials. With the landmark Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, 42 companies have committed to Climate neutrality by 2030. In this discussion, we will address:

- The key pledges made & a roadmap to achieving this
- How the Post-Brexit UK will align with EU targets
- The role of Scope 3 and what more is needed to meet the goal of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050
 

10:00 - 10:20
Keynote Session - Details to follow soon

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STREAM: Energy Efficiency, Cost Management and DCIM

10:25 - 10:45
Technical Session - Details to follow soon

  • Heather DuBois - Vice President and General Manager, Nalco Water Global High Tech Division (ECOLAB)

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10:50 - 11:20
PANEL: How do we get to a low environmental impact and sustainable digitalised and dematerialised future?

  • Dr Jon Summers - Research Leader, RISE Sweden
  • Mike Goodwin - Owner, Dunwoody LLP
  • Astrid Wynne - Sustainability Lead, Techbuyer
  • Sophie Parry - Technical Applications Consultant, Zumtobel
  • John Booth - Consultant, Carbon 3IT


Data centres are core to digitalisation and dematerialisation, two terms which have perhaps become better understood by many during this global pandemic. The supporting digital infrastructure however, uses valuable resources and consumes electrical energy to provide continuous operation in support of all of the digital services. The panel discussion will focus on how the growth of data centres and the network infrastructure can be sustainably supported in the backdrop of global government efforts to meet their 2030 and 2050 climate mitigation targets.

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STREAM: Facilities & Critical Equipment

10.25 - 10l.45
Theatre Session - Details to follow soon

10.50 - 11.10
Data Centres as Grid Support - Is ABB PCS120 MV UPS the missing link?

  • Domagoj Talapko - Global Business Development Manager, ABB


11:15 - 11:35
Technical Session - Details to follow soon
 

11:40 - 12:00

Technical Session - Details to follow soon
 

12:05 - 12:25
Standby Generation: Definition of Site Parameter, Set Duty, Performance Classes and Types of Load

  • Geoff Halliday - Project Sales Director, WB Power Services

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12:40 - 13:30
Lunch & Learn

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13:40 - 14:!0
KEYNOTE: Reducing Our Carbon Footprint through Modern Methods of Construction

  • Nancy Novak - Chief Innovative Officer, Compass Group


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STREAM: Design, Build & Physical Security

14:15 - 14:35
Session Title TBD

  • Jacky Pluchon - Vice President EMEA Power Solutions, Kohler
     

14:40 - 15.00
Technical Session - Details to follow soon
 

15.05 - 15.25
Technical Session - Details to follow soon

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STREAM: Energy Efficiency, Cost Management and DCIM

14.15 - 14.35
How digitalisation can impact data enter electrical infrastructure?

  • Aleksandar Grbic - Global Data Center Segment Manager Electrification Smart Power, ABB
     

14.40 - 15.00
Technical Session - Details to follow soon
 

15.05 - 15.25
Technical Session - Details to follow soon

 

8th July

09:15
Welcome

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09:15 - 09:45
PANEL: Positioning the Data Centre Sector in the Net-Zero Debate

  • Emma Fryer - Associate Director, TechUK
  • Pierre Chastanet - Head of Unit - Cloud and Software, European Commission
  • Max Schulze - Executive Chairman, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance

With COP26 on the horizon, Data Centres are in the spotlight to reduce carbon and tech companies are being called on to report their emissions. Taking this as a positive, it’s a chance to educate consumers on the carbon impact of internet-enabled activities like streaming and especially as industries such as gaming ramp up their cloud dependency. As cloud usage continues to rise, the reputation of the data centre is paramount. In this conversation, we’ll consider the position of the data centre industry in the Net-Zero debate, where we should aim towards and how to get there.

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09:50 - 10.30
PANEL: Solving the Sustainability Puzzle of Renewable Energy Storage

  • Catalina Guillen-Rozo - Chair, Electricity Storage Network
  • Julian Jansen - Associate Director - Consulting - Clean Technology & Renewable Energy, IHS Markit
  • Dave Sterlace - Head of Technology for Data Center Solutions, ABB

Renewables adoption is no longer an afterthought in the data centre sector but front and centre of a thriving green agenda. But accessing green energy is only part of the problem. Powerful energy storage solutions will play a vital role in maximising the utility of renewable energy, but preserving green power while conserving the planet's resources is a delicate balance to strike. As hyperscalers again lead the pack in innovative energy storage solutions, we weigh up the pros and cons and ethical considerations of new technologies such as lithium-ion, blue sodium and fuel cells and place our bets on which will take charge in a data centre market that increasingly factors Sustainability into TCO.

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STREAM: Energy Efficiency, Cost Management and DCiM

10:35 - 10:55
Technical Session with Carel- Details to follow soon

11.00 - 11.20
Technical Session with Franklin - Details to follow soon

11.25 - 11.55
Technical Session with Echelon Data Centres- Details to follow soon

12.00 - 12.20
Technical Session with Jaeggi - Details to follow soon

12.25 - 12.45
How can integrated data center management streamline workflows from building to application?

  • Enzo Greco - Chief Strategy Officer, Nlyte Software

Data centers have never been more vital or central to business operations, yet they face ever greater scrutiny for efficiency, availability and flexibility. Further, traditional, enterprise data centers are being benchmarked against alternatives, such as Colocation and cloud migration. Enzo Greco, Chief Strategy Officer for Nlyte Software, will present approaches for addressing these demands and dynamics, with particular focus on the benefits of integrating the many layers in the data center, from Buildings and Critical Infrastructure to IT and Workloads. In this session, Enzo will share
• a workload based approach for optimizing your data center
• metrics that will help you plan and operate your data center
• specific, high-value use cases for best in class capacity management and efficiency
• the (evolving) role of DCIM tools in planning and operating data centers
 

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STREAM: Facilities & Critical Equipment

10:35 - 10.55V11,00 - 11.20
Technical Session with Socomec - Details to follow soon

11.25 - 11.45
Technical Session with Green Revolution Cooling - Details to follow soon

11.50 - 12.10
Technical Session with Blue Helix - Details to follow soon

12.15 - 12.35
Technical Session with VID Fire-Kill - Details to follow soon

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13.00 - 13.50
Lunch & Learn

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14.00 - 14.40
PANEL: Data Centres in 2041 (with NDC Data Centres)

We only look ahead at most 10 years, so to answer the question how we will deliver the data centre of 2041 is a serious challenge. The challenge however is one we will also need to answer in the short term as our industry deals will enormous strains that the proliferation of data drives.

- How will it be powered?
- How will it be cooled?
- Where will capacity be located?
- How will it be constructed ?
- How will they be operated?
- Will IT architecture change?
- What are the challenges to overcome to get there in 20 years?

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STREAM: Facilities & Critical Equipment

14.40 - 15.00
Technical Session - Details to follow soon

15.0-5 - 15.45
PANEL: Securing critical data centre systems

  • Anita Nallathamby - Program Manager IDC Security, Facebook
  • Joseph Arato - Data Center Information Security Engineer, Facebook
  • Jon Littell - Senior Engineering Manager, Google
  • Matthew Clapham - Product Cybersecurity Leader, Jonhson Controls
  • Todd LeBlanc - Application Engineer, EUDCA

The Industrial Control Systems (ICS) including Cooling and Building Management Systems (BMS), Power Monitoring Systems (PMS), and Electrical Protection and Control Systems (EPC) that run our data centres are frequently designed around availability rather than security. These systems can lack the security fundamentals, such as modern communication, authentication and authorisation mechanisms that should be expected in critical equipment attached to a network. So how do we drive a marked increase in the security of these systems and environments? In this panel discussion, we showcase how combining efforts as an industry, we can drive significant improvements. We explore the initiatives spearheaded by the Open Compute Project and key industry partners to define:
- What a baseline physical security standard looks like for a data centre
- What types of communications standards and protocols enables secure communication for these systems
- How to best monitor equipment for security issues

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STREAM: Energy Efficiency, Cost Management and DCIM

14.40 - 15.50

Details to follow shortly

Sponsors

Exhibitor

  • FireKill

Exhibitor

  • Shadow Robot Company

Exhibitor

  • SMARDT

Exhibitor

  • TelosNRG

Exhibitor

  • Thermofin

Media Partner

  • Dunwoody LLP

 

Media Partner

  • Fibre Systems

 

Media Partner

  • Data Centre Alliance

 

Media Partner

  • EU DCA

 

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