CAPRE’s Ninth Annual Greater Chicago Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit


Jun 11, 2020
6:00 am - 8:00 am

Exhibitor Set-Up

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote | Greater Chicago Demand & Supply and Future Outlook

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Overview of U.S. market: investment sales activity
* What were the key trends and takeaways from 2019? Who were the winners?
* What is the outlook for this year and the next 1-2 years ahead?
* What are the implications of the recent tax incentives?
* What activity is taking place in the emerging midwestern markets (Iowa, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids)?

Hear from:
Sean Reynolds, Regional Director, JLL

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Panel | Market Overview: Analysis of the Impact of Record-Setting Investment on the Industry, Future Opportunities and Potential Challenges

The North American data center market could be referred to as fairly mature at this juncture with numerous operators and players. However, the rapid pace of technological advancement and the evolving needs of customer infrastructure requirements are changing the dynamics of the market. As the industry becomes more competitive and consolidation continues to take place, how will the digital infrastructure industry asset class be affected?
Where will the most opportunity lie and what challenges can we expect in 2020 and beyond?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Where are we seeing the most amount of growth? Are any regions being overlooked?
* What types of end-user customers are driving this growth?
* What sources of capital are being used to finance these deals and transactions (private equity, debt)?
* How have valuations changed in the North American markets?
* How will the looming recession impact the market?
* Given the M&A landscape, what are the opportunities for smaller players?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Todd Bateman, North American Agency Practice Leader- Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE
* David Bartholomai, Partner and COO, Archer Datacenters
* Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo
* Joseph Junda, Managing Director Capital One – Technology, Media
& Telecom
* Jim Kerrigan, Managing Principal & Founding Member, North American Data Centers
* Michael Rechtin, Equity Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
* David Waller, VP, GI Partners

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Keynote | Best Practices Around Hyperscale Site Selection

As a Practice Leader and Managing Partner for Newmark Global Strategy including Americas, EMEA and AsiaPac, Bob Hess has comprehensive understanding of the digital infrastructure market from a local and global perspective. Paying particular attention to the hyperscale market, Bob presents best practices around hyperscale site selection and addresses some common misconceptions around digital infrastructure.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are the top criteria for site selection?
* How quickly are the hyperscale companies building? Has the rate of development slowed or increased for 2020?
* Where are the hyperscalers currently building? Why are they there?
* How are hyperscalers building sustainably and future-proofing their facilities?
* Where is the future of prefabrication headed?
* What do investors and developers need to know for 2020?

Hear from:
Bob Hess, Vice Chairman, Global Corporate Services at Newmark Knight Frank

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Panel | Ramping Up at The Edge: Data Center & Infrastructure Strategies and Deployments

Research firms have predicted that 2020 will be the year edge computing takes off, with the “edge of the cloud” market growing by at least 50%. Many providers, including public cloud, telecom, colocations, CDNs, are aiming to offer IaaS and PaaS with limited or intermittent connectivity to cloud or data centers. In the meantime, local zone data centers and infrastructure are providing compute and cloud connectivity to support the explosive demand for IoT, while we plan and test a complex transition from core to 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) systems.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What new factors have been introduced into the edge landscape in 2020 that will create new demand for local communications and computing resources? What can we expect for the remaining of 2020?
* What new infrastructure systems will link IoT to edge computing and to packet core and cloud data center resources?
* How will the 5G edge and MEC affect latency, efficiency, uptime and total cost of ownership?
* What measures are being taken at the edge to minimize power and cooling costs, and carbon footprint?
* How can microgrids and energy storage systems best support edge data centers and infrastructure?
* What types of edge data centers are being developed for industrial campuses, smart cities, rural areas, the water-front and space?

Hear from:
* Randy Armknecht, Managing Director – Emerging Technologies
Global Cloud Practice Leader, Protiviti
* Doug Fulton, Head of Sales and Business Development, New Continuum
* Rafal Rak, VP, Portfolio Management, Digital Realty

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Keynote | Practical Insights Into Securing Services Leveraging 5G

5G has great promise and, as with any technology, presents risk to the business that must be managed. Edge infrastructure along with 5G protocols create new considerations when protecting services using this enabling technology. The challenge is understanding the privacy and security implications introduced with 5G and responding with the right level of security to protect your assets. This discussion is designed to provide practical insights into addressing the challenge.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Where does 5G fall within the technology stack?
* What are the relevant cyber risks associated with services leveraging 5G?
* Which cyber risks do I have the ability to control?
* How do I approach reducing the risk of services using 5G?

Hear from:
Karl Scott, Principal Cybersecurity and Cloud Consultant, Thoughtful Technology Partners LLC

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Up Close with Public Sector End-User: Making Decisions on Data and Compute with the Myriad of Options Today, Including On-Prem, Public Cloud, Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

With continuous innovation being the new standard and the sheer amount of data generation, traditional procedures are no longer effective methods in managing data and compute. With the growing complexity of the facilities, from the physical compute to the storage, it is crucial for IT managers to implement the best operational procedures.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What is your company’s IT and data management strategy? How has it shifted in the last 1-2 years?
* Where is your data today, and where it will be tomorrow?
* Do you prefer to control your data and compute / being “on-prem”?
* What do you think of “server-hugger” mentality?
* Do you have a hybrid-IT strategy?
* When locating off-prem, or in a hybrid solution, what applications and infrastructure would you like to see more of for increased efficiency?
* How do you view pricing and quality of service of public cloud vs private cloud?
* How has your particular industry changed and its data/compute/latency requirements changed over the last five-to-ten years?
* What types of public/private/hybrid IT cloud technologies and services are appealing to you and why?
* Over the next 12-24 months, what will be your challenges with data management and storage?

Hear from:
* Michael Pegues, Chief Information Officer Information – Technology Division, City of Aurora

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel | Hyperscale, Hyper Speed: What Factors are Driving the Growth of Hyperscale and Cloud?

It’s getting cloudier and the hyperscale race is heating up. The global cloud services market is projected to grow 17% in 2020, totaling $266.4bn. It’s understood that there is an unprecedented amount of data being generated, but what factors are driving this market growth and what does the future dynamic of the industry look like?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* How are enterprises looking at and assessing cloud vs. colocation?
* How are the factors driving the growth of the cloud market? What does growth look like here, compared to international regions?
* What are some implications and limitations to this growth? What does the competitive landscape look like?
* What does the future of the industry look like given the current players and momentum?

Hear from:
* Moderator:
Farhad Mehraban, Director, Public Relations – International Data Center Authority
* Shannon Kuehn, Senior Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
* Trevor Milestone, Public Cloud Engagement Manager, Palo Alto Networks
* Raymond Parpart, Director, Data Center Strategy & Operations, University of Chicago
* Praveen Viraraghavan, STSM & IBM Master Inventor, Hardware Architecture
IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Panel | Taxes, Incentives & Public Sector Involvement: What Developers and Investors Should Know about Working in Chicago and Surrounding Markets in 2020

* What is the State of Chicago’s appetite for new data center construction and development in 2020?
* What types of incentives are available in surrounding markets?
* Will Virginia always be the center of the data center universe, or will competitive states emerge to recruit data center providers faced with increasing end user demand?
* Who are the new players to look out for?
* What are the unique county incentives available for data center development?
* Has any surrounding states implemented any new incentives or programs for data center developers?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Ed Sitar, Manager of Economic and Business Development, ComEd
* Josh Grodzin, Director – Business Development and Marketing, Elk Grove Village
* Tom Kutz, President, Lake Michigan Region 7 x 24
* Tom Lambrecht, Manager – Economic Development Services, Great River Energy

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel | Building to Meet Demand in the Age of Digital Disruption: How are Providers Adjusting to Rapidly Changing End-User Needs, and what are the Challenges to Delivering New Product Quickly and Effectively?

With today’s rapid pace of technological advancement and the evolving needs of customer infrastructure demands, providers are forced to be agile in order to remain a competitive player in the space. Given the acceleration of innovation and data generation, how are providers meeting market demand today and anticipating tomorrow’s opportunities?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are the main speed to market challenges being faced today? How can they be overcome?
* How have end-user demands changed over the years? What are their top priorities?
* How has design and construction practices evolved to meet the rapidly growing demand?
* What do you anticipate are future opportunities?

Hear from:
* Duane Hill, Associate Principal, Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects
* William Schaumann, Associate Partner, Syska Hennessy
* Rich Ungar, North America Business Manager – Data Center Automation, ABB

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Closing Keynote

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

4:30 pm -

Post-Event Networking