The 2018 7x24 Spring Conference is currently ongoing through June 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.

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.

The sessions continue throughout the next two 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.”

The complete schedule is located on the 7x24 website.