CAPRE’s Seventh Annual Northern California Data Center Summit

Feb 20, 2018


Feb 20, 2018
6:00 am -

Exhibitor Set-Up

7:40 am - 8:40 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast Workshop: How to Mitigate Third-Party Risk in the Data Center Supply Chain

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Cybersecurity threats as infrastructure becomes more vulnerable
* Risk with power plant hacking; what it means for power generation
* How are you vendors protecting their infrastructure?
* How do you validate the equipment you get from other vendors?
* Critical infrastructure being vulnerable
* Different industrial systems that have happened; additional attacks
* What was theorized has become reality: Your business is vulnerable and something can happen.
* Should data center providers be regulated by State and Federal agencies as critical infrastructure providers, similar to regulation of power companies?
* How are different data center providers dealing with the fact that they are critical to their customers, much like a power plant?

Hear from:
* Bob Hunter, Founder and CEO, AlphaGuardian Networks
* Jack Leidecker, VP – Information Security, Digital Realty

8:40 am - 8:50 am

Opening Remarks

Hear from:
* Brian Klebash, Founder & President, CAPRE

8:50 am - 9:20 am

MORNING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Security Gap for IoT: A Path Forward for Data Centers

By any measure, IoT represents an evolutionary leap in the collection, processing and actionability of data. A recent study by Business Insider predicted a 41% CAGR for new IoT installed devises over the next four years. Gartner estimated that this rate of growth will culminate in 24 billion IoT connected devices by 2020. For many companies their enthusiasm for the benefits that IoT can provide may outstrip prudent planning. For example, the AT&T Cyber Security Report cited earlier found that although 85% of companies that it surveyed were moving “full steam ahead” on their IoT efforts, only 10% said they felt confident that they could secure their networks against hacking. In some circles this is known as a “leap of faith.”

Hear from:
* Chris Crosby, CEO, Compass Datacenters

9:20 am - 10:20 am


Proposed Discussion Points:
• Analysis of the M&A activity in 2017 and most common characteristics.
• What will the recent large M&A activity mean for the small-to-mid sized players?
• An updated analysis of sale-leaseback activity in the last 12 months, how long will this last?
• Where are valuations heading for the rest of 2018?
• What are the most popular terms in lending structures currently and how has this changed?
• Who are the majority of investors and are there any new types of ventures?
• What role do local and federal government tax incentives have on the impact of valuation and financing?
• Are rents, revenues and margins increasing or decreasing and why?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Miles Loo, Jr., Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank
* Sureel Choksi, President and CEO, Vantage Data Centers
* Jeff Ferry, Director, Goldman Sachs
* Christof Hammerli, Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend LLC
* Michael Lee, Senior Asset Manager, Digital Realty
* Andrew Peisch, Principal, KKR
* Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned Energy

10:20 am - 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Hybrid Cloud Enablement: Solving the Business Challenges Facing Operators and Users

Formidable business challenges stand between the promises of hybrid cloud and the reality of day-two operations. These challenges include accurate and reliable service sourcing strategies, facilitating SLA and other contract terms at the level of speed and convenience expected in a cloud-first world, and holistic administration of infrastructure resources once you’re in production.
These challenges not only impact both data center operators and the enterprise users they serve, but also threaten to restrain the growth and eventual success of hybrid cloud as a business strategy.
Proposed Discussion Points:
* Analysis of business challenges
* Strategies to address challenges
* Pitfalls along the way to encountering success

Hear from:
* Moderator: Mike Nguyen, Founder and CEO, Inflect
* Sami Badri, Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse
* Anna Claiborne, SVP – Software Engineering, PacketFabric
* Paul Hopkins, Vice President, Colt Data Centre Services
* Daryl Jurbala, Engineering Manager, Twilio Inc.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm


Proposed Discussion Points:
* What will drive demand for connectivity to data centers over the next 12 months: The introduction of 5G networks, municipal broadband build-outs (communities that are building fiber of their own) and on-site server to a data center
* How is IoT changing connectivity?
* Race to the Ecosystem: Customers are demanding quicker and immediate access within the data center, at the cloud; moving and being flexible depending on your application
* Securing the networking: What are the way in which technologies can be used to secure the network? How do you protect lateral traffic?
* Is this region competitive from a connectivity standpoint?
* How are data centers preparing for additional redundancy and peering requirements that their customers are requiring?
* What are the pros and cons of different on ramp methods to AWS, Azure and other cloud providers?
* How are the recent telecommunication mergers and acquisitions going? And, how are changes of business models and shedding business models playing out?
* When considering office to office, data center to data center, what types of specific products are you seeing (increase in demand and reduce in demand)?
* Analysis of connectivity strategy for providers: Are they prepared for their customer’s connectivity requirements?
* From the owner/operator perspective, is it necessary to work with a third party provider like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud to effectively compete in today’s playing field?
* How important is latency? Do clients need the low-latency levels providers are promoting?
* Site-Selection from a connectivity perspective: Is there adequate Tier 1 connectivity in tertiary/rural markets?
* Connectivity takeaway: What will make the biggest impact on the market in 2018?

12:00 pm - 12:30 am

** Concurrent Panels **

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Track A: Artificial Intelligence and the Evolution of Data Centers: THE IMPACT ON CALIFORNIA DATA CENTRE DEMAND

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Artificial intelligence and the evolution for data centres
* AI: the new frontier in data centre optimization (cooling, preventive measures, optimization etc)
* Impact on the industry, change the future of network, how it will impact data centers
* Local and International innovations
* Data Center innovation examples
* Robotic automation technology

Hear from:
* Mattias Ganslandt, CEO and President, Multigrid Data Centers
* Craig McGahey, CEO, RT3 Advisors
* Christian Pedersen, Director of Western Region Channel & Alliances, INAP

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Track B: Life on The Edge: The Advent of 5G, Micro Data Centers & Evolution of the Next Generation

Hear from:
* Moderator: Bruce Myatt, Director CLEAResult Consulting and Founder Critical Facilities Roundtable
* Ryan Oroo, Senior Vice President, EdgeCore Data Centers

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The End-User Approach to On-Prem, Hybrid, the Cloud, and Tomorrow’s Compute Needs and Initiatives

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Economics of the cloud: What are the capabilities in the cloud?
* Workload application: What goes where? What should go to Amazon, Google or remain on premise?
* What are Google and Amazon offering to clients that might not be offered on premise?
* Agility of the cloud coupled with tools: How are cloud solutions making the impossible reality?
* Migration to the Cloud: How did end-users get over regulatory and compliance challenges?
* Is cloud security better than on-premise?
* Security, Compliance & Consolidation: The factors affecting big-picture data center decision making
* What aspects of the data center operation can be moved over to the cloud?
* What can you do to move data center growth off site to the cloud?
* Insuring uptime: How are operators finding ways to guarantee uptime?
* Analysis of how end-user firms are approaching the various cloud offerings (public-private-hybrid, etc)
* How are security and compliance issued view from the end user perspective?
* What are issues relative to global data sovereignty?
* How are end-users approaching custom design-build solutions?
* What are the actual war stories of cloud migrations? What went right, wrong, and what did you learn along the way?
* What are the hybrid cloud models that are working in practice in production environments?
* A cultural change for the cloud operations: How do you in the real world operate production systems?
* How do you operate systems that can not go offline?
* The challenge: Getting to understanding differences and different ways of building and operating the infrastructure
* Analysis of different tools for the different types of cloud

Hear from:
* Mark Bauer, Managing Director/National Director – Data Center Solutions (DCS), Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
* Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D., Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
* Mozan Totani, Director – Head of Data Center Development and Delivery, Oath IaaS

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

** Concurrent Panels **

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Track A: Best Practices for Site Selection in NorCal Markets: Cost of Land, Cost of Power and Public Sector Incentives

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Cost Power Analysis in San Jose, Peninsula, and San Francisco markets
* Analysis of unique public sector incentives
* Connectivity improvements tied to site selection
* Analysis of on-site power generation methods

Hear from:
* Moderator: James Leach, Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers
* Johan Börje, Director of Marketing, Stockholm Data Parks
* Michael Ortizp, Managing Director/Principal, Hemisphere Capital Advisors, LLC
* John Piccone, Senior Manager – Real Estate, Apple
* Justin Reilly, Senior Vice President, Colliers International
* Raul Saavedra, Executive Vice President, JLL
* Miroslav Tenkl, Director – West Coast Operations, Czech Invest

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Track B: Data Center Management & Operations: New Strategies for Reducing Cost Without Increasing Risk

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What types of cost-savings strategies can you apply to a new-or-old facility?
* Importance of containment in the data center to lower costs
* Devising a strategic corporate plan that addresses retired, existing, and new facilities
* Having systems in place that allow us to get ahead of the problem before customers even know it happened
* Power & Green: Are data centers using solar or wind to offset the high power usage?
* What types of new technologies in the green energy space are you using for your data centers (i.e. outside wind cooling in north, solar panels, wind plants)?
* Cooling strategies: What are the latest technologies that you are using (i.e. water/cooling)?
* From a strategic standpoint, how are you using cooling technologies to reduce costs?
* What types of cost-savings strategies can you apply to a new-or-old facility?
* Connectivity to the public cloud: How the technologies are changing so that you can see in one pain of glass both workloads (hybrid-managed) or on-premise?
* War stories of running a data center
* Redundancy & UPS strategies relating to fire hazards and earthquakes: What every owner should know
* Innovation and making the data center structures smarter
* Securing a solid infrastructure
* Importance of containment in the data center to lower costs
* Devising a strategic corporate plan that addresses retired, existing, and new facilities
* Analysis of impact of temperature changes in the data centers
* How to minimize exposure to market spikes
* Having systems in place that allow us to get ahead of the problem before customers even know it happened
* What will change the most in terms of operating a data center over the next 12 months? What would you like to see changed?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Wenli Yu, CEO, Archimedes Controls Corp.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Best Practices for Upgrading Legacy Facilities and Future-Proofing the New Data Center: Are Providers Investing in Energy Efficiency or Reliability and Control?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Are people upgrading for energy efficiency or reliability and control?
* Is anyone investing in legacy data centers?
* Is anyone really doing energy efficiency retrofits? Or, are they just improving the capacity of their sites?
* Analysis of design/build methodology: How are developers procuring their data centers?
* What are the next innovations in physical infrastructure and how will they impact tomorrow’s data center design?
* Analysis of modular vs. stick built design processes. Are developers looking at modular, traditional or a hybrid models?
* How does “modularity” play into getting the most of the 20 year building?
* Migrating to the Cloud: How will the public and private sectors’ transition to the cloud in the next 5-10 years change design plans?
* Colo trends: How can data center designers plan for variable density models as customers vary in density needs?
* How do the ongoing operations and on-site support of the data center impact the ROI?
* How do operations teams ensure uptime when majority of downtime occurs from human errors?
* As more enterprises move to off-premise/hybrid infrastructure models, how do enterprises ensure that the partners they select are future-proofing their data centers?
* What are the pros and cons for migrating to an off-premise or hybrid IT infrastructure strategy, and how does that impact data center ROI considerations?
* What types of audits should data centers engage in on a regular basis to ensure their anticipated ROI will occur?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Cary Frame, CEO, Polargy
* Arman Khalili, CEO, Evocative Data Cen
* Dave Meadows, Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
* Donald Mitchell, Data Center Division Manager, Victaulic
* Jon Paulsen, Senior VP, DCI Technology Holdings, LLC
* Wenli Yu, CEO, Archimedes Controls Corp.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Blockchain & Data Centres: How Blockchain and Digital Currencies are transforming data centers architecture, Design & Development and Cloud Platforms

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What does Blockchain and cryptocurrencies mean for future data centers?
* Hundreds of coins have collectively raised more than a billion dollars to fund decentralized cloud storage, digital advertising that will help anchor the web’s next evolution in funding businesses and services that will deliver more value to users and will be less dependent on middlemen.  How is this changing how datacenters will be used, designed and developed?
* Longer term there is expected to be a paradigmatic shift using Blockchain’s accounting innovation on multiple industries and businesses that are all looking to trim costs, share and secure information more efficiently and role out new products faster.  What are some examples that companies are working on and how is this changing data centers and cloud platforms?
* Have data centers transitioned from the current 3-level tree network architectures to a spine-and-leaf network architecture to accommodate blockchain systems and increasing data processing demands?
* Why do Northern California Data Centers seem to have avoided cryptocurrency mining clients?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Ed Kimm, VP – Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances, StrataCore
* Derek Garnier, President & COO, Evocative Data Centers

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Up-Close with Equinix

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What do enterprises need to think about when it comes to their digital & cloud strategy?
* What’s the best way to address these concerns?
* You mentioned earlier that security is a big risk with your digital strategy. What are today’s biggest security risks?
* Q4 – Clearly private Interconnections can help shield traffic from the Internet but not all traffic can cover Interconnections. How can customer ensure overall security?
* Equinix has a significant presence in Silicon Valley. Do you have capacity to accommodate new customers? What is changing in DC deployments?
* There’s obviously an enormous amount of companies based in the bay area, who claim to be going “all-in” on cloud. What impact is that having on the data center business?
* While on the surface you might conclude that this will reduce the need for data centers but the reality is that as more companies move to the cloud the more data center capacity is needed. By the clouds themselves, for edge communications, but also by companies, goverments and others who are transitioning to colo for the apps and data that aren’t cloud-ready. Increasingly companies want out of owning their own DCs in the incredibly expensive bay area real estate market.
* What about all the SW companies and startups in the bay area? Will they need colo?
* Overtime, yes. We are seeing a pattern among the leading SaaS providers where they are realizing that running 100% on the cloud isn’t the most efficient or cost effective program. ex: DropBox.

Hear from:
* James Staten, Global Head of Market Development, Equinix
* Moderator: Donald Mitchell, Data Center Division Manager, Victaulic


4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Post-Event Networking & Reception