Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of blog posts leading up to the 2018 7x24 Spring Conference on June 3-6.

The 2018 7x24 Spring Conference is set for June 3-6 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. This year’s theme is “Data Center of Tomorrow.”

According to the 7x24 website and my past experiences from attending, this conference is designed for anyone involved with 7x24 infrastructures — IT, data center, disaster recovery, cyber security and network / telecommunication managers, computer technologists, facility or building managers, supervisors, and engineers. Vendors, consultants, or anyone concerned with uninterrupted access to critical information also will find the conference of value.

And, if you have not attended before, I highly recommend you do. The keynote schedule this year includes Molly Fletcher, former sports agent, consultant & author who will deliver the conference keynote titled, “Leading the Way, Inspiring Go Getters and Game Changers,” on Monday, June 4; Kfir L. Godrich, managing director, global head of technology and enterprise services, BlackRock will deliver a keynote speech on #blockchain on Tuesday, June 5; and on Wednesday, June 6, a panel keynote will be held, titled “The Coming of Age of Data Centers Built Using Stock Components: Intelligent Self-Sensing, Self-Regulating Data Centers” with Bahgat Sammakia, center director, Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) and 
vice-president for research, Binghamton University moderating a panel consisting of Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett professor, site director, NSF IUCRC Center in Energy Efficient Systems, and director, Electronics, MEMS & Nanoelectronics Systems Packaging Center
University of Texas, Arlington; Kanad Ghose, BU site director, ES2 and professor of computer science, Binghamton University; Roger Schmidt, IBM Fellow Emeritus, Traugott distinguished professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept.,(retired IBM chief engineer for data center energy efficiency) Syracuse University; and Mark Seymour, CTO of 
Future Facilities.

Educational sessions begin on Sunday, June 3, with a panel discussion titled, “UL 3223 Data Center Certification Program,” featuring Neil Lakomiak, business development and director building life safety technology, UL LLC; Nabon Marisco, regional vice president, operations, QTS; and Paul Schlattman, Mission Critical On Target columnist and senior vice president for Environmental Systems Design (ESD). In May 2017, UL announced the development of a new program in collaboration with ESD to certify data centers internationally, and wrote an article on the standard titled, “First Glance: Behind the Development Of UL’s Data Center Certification Program.”

The sessions continue throughout the next three days, concluding with a session on Wednesday, June 6, titled, “Case Study for Use of Micro Data Centers,” led by Daniel Boyce, global manager, IT Room Support for GlaxoSmithKline and Ron Magee, owner, RonM, LLC. According to 7x24, “This case study examines how self-contained, rack-based, micro data centers have been deployed in lieu of traditional enterprise constructed IT facilities for distributed computing sites. These sites include both single room environments and on-premise DR environments.”

In between there are sessions on data center cooling, edge computing, a panel titled, “Fostering the Next Generation of Talent,” and a 7×24 Exchange Women in Mission Critical Operations (WiMCO) Networking Event, just to name a few. The complete schedule is located on the 7x24 website.

Rooms have been reserved for 7x24 conference attendees at both the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and the Waldorf Astoria. The discounted rate is available until May 2 or as space permitting. To reserve a room, visit the 7x24 website.

What are you waiting for? Register for the 2018 7x24 Spring Conference by visiting this link.


Next time: 7x24 Conferences are a family affair.