Unitas Global has announced that CTO and Founder Grant Kirkwood will be a featured panelist at the DatacenterDynamics (DCD) Colo + Cloud conference, being held September 26-27, 2016 at the Intercontinental Dallas. DCD Colo + Cloud brings together senior business, operations and technology professionals from the world’s major colocation, cloud, telecoms and other data center and managed service providers to discuss the future of this rapidly growing data center sector.

On Tuesday, September 27 at 9:40 a.m., Kirkwood will participate on the “Designing Scalable IT Infrastructure That Combines the Benefits of Colocation with Cloud IaaS: Bridging the Hybrid Gap in the Third-Party Data Center,” alongside fellow panelists Shawn Mills of Green House Data and Hugh Carspecken of DartPoints.

Later that day, at 4:40 p.m., Kirkwood will join David Schirmacher of 7x24 International, Don MacNeil of EdgeConneX, and Jessica Carroll from the Institute for Digital Transformation on the panel “What Will Multi-Tenant Colo and Cloud Services Data Centers Look Like in 2025? 203X?” 

The discussion will focus on the major trends defining the evolution of the multi-tenant colo and cloud services data center, including open source, software-defined networking (SDN), data, virtualization, commoditization, and more. Panelists will also explore the future of energy, power and thermal management technology, as well as the external market and business factors driving design transformation.

“As enterprises increasingly migrate to the hybrid cloud and utilize Open Source technologies and software-defined networking to optimize their IT environments, the necessity of intelligently designed, deployed and managed infrastructure takes on business-critical importance,” said Kirkwood. “Moreover, as emerging global markets continue to develop in a world of increasingly constrained energy resources, the companies that effectively manage the health and performance of their IT environments will be better positioned to focus on their core business objectives.”