Mark your calendars for June 15-16, 2015, because the Data Center & Computing Conference and Expo is coming to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York. The inaugural event, produced by Mission Critical Magazine and the Critical Facilities Roundtable, will bring together the data center industry’s premier thought leaders including executives from Microsoft, Facebook, Intel, and HP, to name a few.

“Attendees will be able to see and interact with the latest data center technologies,” said Peter Moran, publisher, Mission Critical Magazine.

Conference topics will be divided into three tracks:

  • Consolidation, Integration, and Convergence: Established and developing solutions for data center network, power, space, and cooling as computing technologies advance at an accelerating pace.
  • New & Challenging Computing Environments: Challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from new and emerging data center compute environments such as hyper-scale cloud computing, extascale supercomputing, and enterprise web services operations.
  • New Technology Methods and Solutions: The “latest and greatest” facilities and technologies systems improvements available to help optimize data center energy and operating efficiencies.

These tracks will specifically discuss such issues as rack-level communications and resource management; the effective integration of data, network, power, and cooling technologies; high-performance supercomputing; and enterprise cloud and web service operations.

The following is the program as of press time. For the complete program schedule and description, visit

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Monday with refreshments and networking from 11 a.m. to noon.

Charlie Manese, infrastructure engineer at Facebook, will deliver the event keynote presentation on Monday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m. Through the Open Compute Project, Facebook shares the infrastructure designs that power the world wide social network. This presentation will provide you with an inside look at our data center and computing technologies. Learn how Facebook’s ability to optimize across the full infrastructure stack — application, network, compute, and data center — has achieved significant results.

Tutorial Workshops

Tutorial worskhops will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. after which a cocktail reception and expo will be held. 

The tutorial workshop lineup is as follows as of press time.

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Achieving Increased Efficiency Without Sacrificing Uptime

Speaker: Phil Fisher, Global Data Center Segment Manager, Eaton

Tomorrow Starts Today

Speaker: Panduit

4 – 6 p.m.

Future Proofing Modular Data Centers and DCIM Solutions

Speaker: Steven Carlini, senior director, Data Center Global Solution Marketing and Business Development, Schneider Electric

Colocation Data Center Tour Preparation

This presentation will be made by an operator from Manhattan or Secaucus.


TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

From 7 to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, registration check-in along with a Continental Breakfast and expo will be held.

Bruce Myatt, PE, CTO & EVP, The Data Centers LLC, and founder, Critical Facilities Round Table, will deliver the conference keynote address on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. titled, “On-Site Critical Power Generation for the Data Center – The Coming Micro-Grid Paradigm.”


Tuesday Sessions

The informational Tuesday sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

9 – 10 a.m.

Consolidation, Integration, and Convergence

Moderator: Julius Neudorfer, CTO & founder NAAT

Microsoft’s Hyperscale Cloud Infrastructure Demand and Performance

Speaker: David Gauthier, senior director of Datacenter Architecture & Strategy, Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure & Operations

Your Data Center Roadmap to DCIM – How to Succeed the First Time

Invited: Rob Aldrich, founder & chief architect, ECL Services

10 – 11 a.m.

Data Center Cooling in New York City and Secaucus

Invited: Billie Haggard, SVP CoreSite Data Centers.

New & Challenging Compute Environments

Moderator: Steve Johnston, co-founder Critical Facilities Roundtable

Data Center Performance: A Technique for Quantifying the Impact of IT Workflow on Resilience and Efficiency

Speaker: Sherman Ikemoto, director, Future Facilities

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

New Data Center Codes & Standards – How They Will Impact Your Operations!

Speaker: Chris Crosby, CEO, Compass Datacenters

How to Take a Technology Hit and Live to Tell About It

Speaker: Kevin Kealy, CISO, FIS Global

New Technology Solutions

Moderator: Dr. Darrell Richardson, CEO R4 Ventures

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Automation and Controls in the Data Center — Today and Tomorrow

Speaker: Barry Novick, Technology Strategist, Data Centers, Blackrock Financial

Tomorrow’s Technologies in Today’s Data Center

Speaker: Henry Wong, Sr. Power Technologist, Intel Corporation

Myths of Data Center Containment: What’s True and What’s Not

Speaker: Lars Strong, P.E., senior engineer, Upsite Technologies

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Disruptive Technologies in the Data Center

Speaker: Dennis Cronin, COO, SteelOrca

How Modern IT Equipment & Software is Radically Impacting the Data Center Facility

Speaker: David Rotheroe, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett Packard

Next Generation Colocation: The Impact of Cloud and Big Data

Invited: Mike Higgins, Internap NYC, SVP, Data Center Services

3:30 – 4 p.m.

Refreshment and Networking Break

4 – 5 p.m.

Mission Critical Leadership — From Thought Leadership to Implementation

Moderator: Dr. Tim Oergel, chief academic officer, AATC University Educational Affairs and Services; founder/CEO of Leadership Logic Consulting, LLC


Mission Critical Facility Manager of the Year

Following Tuesday's sessions, a post event cocktail reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and beginning at 7 p.m., Panduit will host a complimentary reception, which will include presentation of the “Mission Critical Facilities Manager of the Year” selected by Mission Critical’s editorial staff and advisory board recognizing exemplary performance by a data center professional.

For more information and to register, visit Early bird registration ends May 26, 2015.