Last month, an inclusive gathering of professionals who design, operate and manage data centers from around the country convened for the first annual Data Center & Computing Conference and Expo, to learn about the latest cutting edge developments from leaders in the industry. The event took place on June 15-16 at the Marriot Marquis in New York. The Conference and Expo was managed by BNP Media and produced by Mission Critical Magazine dedicated to serving data center and mission-critical professionals and by The Critical Facilities Roundtable, dedicated to the discussion and resolution of industry issues regarding mission-critical facilities.

“We were thrilled to be part of this exciting new event which kicked off with a dynamic keynote presentation by Charlie Manese from Facebook, who discussed how efficiency is the #1 priority for Facebook’s data center design principals,” said Peter Moran, publisher, Mission Critical Magazine. “There were dozens of new products launched by the exhibitors and extraordinary case studies presented in the conference seminars — all in all a great three days of networking, learning and bringing the industry together to discuss future trends.”

Attendees had a chance to meet with Eaton, Schneider Electric, Panduit, Siemens, conEdison Green Team, Emerson, Future Facilities, NovaTorque, Upsite Technologies, STULZ, instor, Kentix, Nortex, Server Technology and Spec-Clean as well as dozens of others. Several exhibitors launched new products and presented educational seminars, following is a sample of announcements that were made during the Data Center & Computing Conference and Expo.

Schneider Electric launched its new micro data center portfolio. Delivered in a single enclosure, the benefits include power, cooling and management software to support a self-contained, secure computing environment. Schneider Electric’s micro data center physical infrastructure includes the enclosure, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power distribution, management software (DCIM), environmental monitoring, cooling and security – all tested, assembled, packaged and then shipped together in a factory environment. “Schneider Electric is addressing latency, bandwidth and processing speed challenges customers are facing with the growth of connected devices and data applications,” said Dave Johnson, senior vice president, Data Center Solutions, Schneider Electric. “We are already seeing the emergence of edge applications in retail and industrial applications, and we believe the need for edge computing will only grow as the Internet of Things expands into commercial applications,” said Johnson.

Upsite Technologies, Inc. unveiled the Environmental Monitoring System 200TM (EMS 200TM), a wired monitoring product for facilities. The latest addition to Upsite’s robust product line gives facility managers and data center operators an advanced tool to prevent downtime in their mission critical space. The Environmental Monitoring System 200TM is a wired sensor network manager designed to track a variety of threats.

LiquidCool Solutions, Inc. (LCS) CEO Herb Zien spoke on a panel moderated by Julius Neudorfer, author of “Hot Aisle Insight.” Zien presented single-phase immersion cooling based on LCS’ proprietary technology for cooling electronics by total immersion in a dielectric fluid, a technology that is commercially available today. In explaining the disruptive quality of liquid cooling, Zien says, “The goal is to get rid of fans, which waste energy and space. Air is an insulator, and pushing cold air up from the floor makes no sense from an engineering perspective. Air cooling with fans also requires humidity control and exposes electronics to failure from oxidation. Total immersion in a dielectric fluid eliminates fans and decouples electronics from room air.”

Compass Datacenters CEO Chris Crosby presented Arc Flash and the Importance of Codes and Standards on the Data Center. Crosby discussed the increased concern of safety in data centers as loads are increasing, especially at service providers facilities; how new codes and standards effect future and existing facilities and will increase the importance of Tier III construction certification.

Eaton’s Philip Fischer, Global Segment Director, Data Centers, presented Achieving Increased Efficiency without Sacrificing Uptime where he discussed data center evolution and the future of data center infrastructure including scalable and flexible designs, high temperatures, DCIM and prefabricated power solutions. “According to the NRDC, US Data centers consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013 – enough to power all of the households in NYC twice over and we’re on track to reach 140 billion kilowatt hours by 2020. Energy is the second highest operating cost in 70 of worldwide data center facilities,” Fischer said.

In addition to the keynote presentations, networking events and new products announcements by the vendors, there were a dozen educational conferences and workshops divided into three tracks: Consolidation, Integration and Convergence; New & Challenging Computing Environments; and New Technology Methods and Solutions, which were all well attended. At the end of the event, the “Mission Critical Facilities Manager of the Year” was presented to Matt Gleason, General Manager, CoreSite’s New York Market Matt Gleason. To learn more about The Data Center & Computing Conference and Expo, please visit