The former Fort Monmouth, slated for redevelopment, will provide the backdrop for the New Jersey Technology Council Data Summit & Expo, slated for December 12 at Gibbs Hall on the former army base. The two-track, day-long program, bringing together data center infrastructure and operations IT professionals, will focus on business intelligence and data center operations.

Cushman & Wakefield, exclusive agents for the 1,126-acre base on behalf of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) and a co-sponsor of the event, will be represented on the agenda by Christopher Kinum, executive director, and Sean Brady, senior director, in the commercial real estate services firm’s East Rutherford, N.J. office.

“The program will feature a broad range of speakers, public and private officials, who will discuss the ways in which New Jersey can move forward and become a true data center hub,” said Kinum. “Attendees will also include potential users, and the location of the event will highlight the concept of the Fort as a viable data center site.”

Indeed, CommVault, a provider of data management solutions, is currently constructing a new headquarters campus on the Fort, Kinum noted. The initial 275,000-square-foot first phase of what will be a 650,000-sq-ft complex is slated to open in 2014.

Kinum is slated to moderate the event’s Big Data Business & Analytical Systems & Solutions Track, focusing on opportunities in the intersection of education, business and big data. “We will be discussing what’s going on in big data, how that might result in education and user groups joining together to identify cutting-edge technology, and how to further that initiative,” he said.

“Companies attending this event will be there to talk about how they handle, analyze and develop results from big data,” said Brady. "The goal will be to obtain insight on what the future holds and how to develop better analytics.”

Brady will offer his insight in the event’s Data Center Infrastructure & Operations Track, including a data center overview, site selection factors, and more. “We will focus on the operation of data centers and how to improve it, as well as data center construction trends.

“Users will also discuss how they have gone about selecting their third-party providers and what works best — wholesale, collocation, managed services, or cloud,” he said, “as well as what’s next for their data operations.”

Other topics of discussion in the two-track program will include healthcare/life sciences and financial services and their interface with big data. Plenary sessions will look at “New Jersey at the Center of the Digital Universe,” and “Migrating to the Cloud.” The event will conclude with a networking reception in the exhibit area.

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