CAPRE’s Cloud, Cybersecurity & the Future (The Texas Data Center Summit)


Nov 14, 2019
6:00 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: State of the Industry: How Texas is performing in 2019 and what to expect in 2020

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Up Close: Compass Data Centers

Compass Data Centers has made headlines frequently in recent months, largely driven by their acquisition of ROOT data centers in Montreal, Canada, and their $3bn capital raising through top asset managers and investors. During this up-close session with the Compass leadership team, we will be discussing the company’s outlook of the market, their own strategy going into Canada, and their pulse on the overall of the industry.

Proposed  Discussion Points:
* What have been your observations of the data center market?
* Why ROOT Data Centers and why Montreal now?
* How do you intend on investing/deploying the $3bn you recently raised?  * Are you going to consider new markets or even different types of data center builds (retail colocation)?
* Where do you see the data center market over the next five years? Will there be some growth saturation at some point?

Hear from:
*Chris Crosby, CEO, Compass Datacenters

10:00 am - 10:45 am

PANEL | Domestic Investment Opportunities: Have we reached a slowdown?

The North American data center market could be referred to as a fairly mature market at this juncture with numerous operators and players. Given this, the dynamics of the markets are changing, talks of recession are on the rise, and an election is a year away. So, where are the most attractive domestic investment opportunities?

Proposed Discussion Points: 
* Where are we seeing the most amount of growth?
* What types of end-user customers are driving this growth?
* What sources of funds are being used to finance these deals and transactions?
* How have valuations changed in the North American markets?
* What regions are being overlooked?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Miles Loo, Jr., EVP, Newmark Night Frank
* Tyler Alexander, Principal, RedBird Capital Partners
* Rashad Kawmy, Partner, Boundary Street Capital

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Refresh and Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

PANEL | Micro Data centers in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets: Which markets are set to pick up and what's driving adoption?

Micro Data Centers as a type of colocation product has always come under consideration to deploy into tier 2 and 3 data center markets. Most recently, Vapor IO has deployed into Atlanta with their solution and sooner than later the market may be ready to see micro and edge facilities begin to proliferate across numerous markets. What is partially driving this adoption cycle is 5G, cloud computing, and eventually IoT.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* How is IoT and 5G changing the way we think about the Edge?
* With the demand for vast amounts of data storage, where will the capacity be held and who should own it?
* How are you thinking about product delivery and pricing models?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Adam Waitkunas, President, Milldam Public Relations
* Alan Bock, VP of Corporate Strategy, Vapor IO
* Anthony Wanger, Data Center Developer

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Case Study

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

PANEL | How is AI and other emerging technologies impacting data center demand and network connectivity?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What kind of changes can we expect from the increase of data generation?
* What are some potential challenges data center owners, builders, operators may face?
* Where is the most opportunity?

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

PANEL | Architecture, Design and Engineering: Speed of new construction and building future-proof facilities

Proposed Discussion Points:
* As more enterprises move to off-premise and hybrid infrastructure models, how do enterprises ensure that the partners they select are future-proofing their data centers?
* How can data center designers plan for variable density models as customers vary in density needs?

Hear from:
* Don Mitchell, Data Center Division Manager, Victaulic

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Coffee Refresh and Networking Break

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

PANEL | Hybrid IT: What are current customer needs and what are cloud providers doing to meet the current demand and what do they anticipate in the future?

Hyperscalers are the major drivers of the data center and colocation industry, expanding capacities and driving new spending frontiers, but this does not come with its own challenges as you think of the changing customer demands and an increased need for hybrid solutions. How is the industry’s appetite beginning to change?

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What main demands are we seeing from cloud customers?
* What type of facility/infrastructure do you need to meet those demands?

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel | Cybersecurity: How Secure are Multi-Cloud and Multi-Colocation applications?

Beyond the rapid adoption of the overall data center industry and proliferation of cloud computing technology, cybersecurity has taken center focus in today’s cloud adoption trends. For cybersecurity concerns, traditional security solutions do not work as well or as securely on new networks and these issues are only extenuated when Federal organizations look to adopt a multi-cloud network architecture.

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Does multi-cloud compromise security?
* Beyond customers, what are some of the key concerns of data center operators have when it comes to securing their own operations?
* What are key security risks that are often overlooked?

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Keynote | The top 10 trends of 2019 and 2020 outlook

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

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