CAPRE’s Third Annual Greater Boston Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit


Jun 25, 2019
6:00 am - 7:45 am

Exhibitor Set-Up

7:45 am - 8:45 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:45 am - 8:50 am

Opening Remarks

Hear from:
* Brian Klebash, Founder & President, CAPRE
* Michael Saia, CEO and Founder, XTechnology Global LLC

8:50 am - 9:20 am

Morning Keynote: Boosting Ongoing Local Economic Impact of New Hyperscale Data Centers

Proposed Discussion Points:
* HAVE: Data centers have connectivity and backup power generation. They have high availability i.e. power and cooling storage. Data centers have high speed networking and internet connectivity.
* NEED: Data centers need IT customers, power and cooling for IT, and to share their resources with the neighbors.
* DATACOM hotel: high speed connectivity for the neighborhood, low investment cost and many customers in near proximity.
* Data centers can use their IT waste heat to heat and cool a district: residential, commercial and industrial neighbors.
* Data centers can selectively sell their generator power to electric utilities for peak shaving.
* Data centers can be designed to utilize natural resources including air economizers, lakes/oceans temperature, hydro and wind power, instead of heating the atmosphere.

* Electric utilities include growing data center customer demand, when planning future power capacity.
* “Data Center as a Utility” is selling connectivity, thermal power, electricity, and reliability.

* Design intentional community around a new data center in order that businesses can utilize reliable power and thermal energy, high speed connectivity, and housing for data center support staff.
* Data center site selection will be influenced by right fit of neighbors to consume connectivity, emergency power, and thermal power.
* Lessons learned from “across the pond”: European data centers design data centers into their community energy, electricity and connectivity plans

Hear from:
* Henry Amistadi, IT and Data Center Analyst, MITRE

9:20 am - 10:20 am


Proposed Discussion Points:
* Describing the changing nature of demand: “Super wholesale” vs colo
* How are hyperscale and edge changing the game?
* Is there too much capital entering the space and not enough opportunity?
* Analysis of demand levels for IT service provider vs. infrastructure provider
* On the horizon: How are providers preparing for a greater concentration of data and greater protection of data?
* Is there a need to grow vertical?
* What is the impact of new players?
* The impact of hyperscale development: Design and construction of today’s data center
* What is the most significant obstacle to a data center operator over the next 12 month?
* How are enterprise end-users making decision about where to locate their data in 2019?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Jim Buratti, Account Executive, Schneider Electric
* Gabe Cole, Chief Technologist, Strongbow Consulting Group
* Chris Coleman, Vice President – Enterprise Sector, Digital Realty
* Rashad Kawmy, Partner, Boundary Street Capital
* Gary Murphy, Principal, National Studio Leader, Data Centers, HED
* John Regan, VP of Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend

10:20 am - 10:50 am

Networking Break

10:50 am - 11:20 am

Trends in Power, Cooling, AI and IoT in the Management & Operations of the Data Center

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Your data center digital journey: Predictive Analytics and AI
* What are the most challenging aspects of digitizing your data center?
* How can AI assist with data center key priorities?
* What are the pros and cons does Data Center Digitization bring to your skilled employees? Introducing predictive analytics? The best condition based maintenance? And AI?
* What do blockchain and cryptocurrencies mean for future data centers? How much more power is needed for mining and also for the Blockchain technology?
* How is crypto-currency mining changing the design and infrastructure landscape of data centers?
* What is typically driving DC modernization and what’s the best way to determine whether to modernize existing, build new or collocate?
* What types of cost-savings strategies can you apply to a new-or-old facility?
* 50% of data is expected to go to the edge. How do you see this demand being serviced by clients and colo providers?
* How will growth of the edge impact data center infrastructural transparency, visibility and control down to cabinet and shelf levels accuracy?
* How can data center owners that may have customers with future AI requirements adapt to “hybrid” (liquid and air based IT) cooling solutions?
* Which AI cooling applications are the fastest, simplest and cost effective, and why?
* What type of cost-saving 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?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Dawn Fitzgerald, Director of Digital Transformation – Data Center Operations, Schneider Electric
* Bill Behling, Interim Director of Business Development, Eastern and Midwest Regions, Sunpin Solar Development
* Dr. Ophir Gaathon, CEO & Co-Founder, DUST Identity
* Dr. Kalyan (Kal) Kalwa, CEO, AutoBlock Blockchain Supply Chain Solutions
* Michael Sack, President & CEO, TeraCode
* Michael Saia, CEO and Founder, XTechnology Global LLC
* Vernon Turner, Founder & CEO, Causeway Connections

11:20 am - 11:25 am

Power Networking & Coffee Refresh

11:25 am - 11:45 am

Special Intel Presentation: Infrastructure Tools for the Next Cloud Generation

Analysis of New Cloud Management Tools:
* Memory Failure Prediction
* Workload Co-location
* Intel® Speed Select: Changing Frequency

Hear from:
* Jeff Klaus, General Manager – Global Data Center Management Solutions, Intel

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Data Center Infrastructure Next Generation: How to Colocate HPC Applications, including 5G and AI in an Existing Facility

Proposed Discussion Points:
* For colocation HPC, what infrastructure changes do we need to make in existing colocation, hyperscale and enterprise data centers?
* For the infrastructure changes, what type of capital investment will be required?
* What are the implications on the existing service for the current clients?
* What type of regulatory requirements are needed?

Hear from:
* Dave Meadows, Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
* Jeff Klaus, General Manager – Global Data Center Management Solutions, Intel
* Everett Thompson, General Manager, Wired Real Estate Group Inc.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are the real timelines for 5G implementation in major markets around the U.S.?
* Will 5G truly become a game changer – and when?
* How is 5G technology changing today’s data center business model? Is there a one-size fits all?
* Will 5G really drive more traffic and create more storage?
* What needs to change from a business process and/or core competency perspective, to prepare for 5G?
* How should data centers educate end users to be prepared for 5G technology and the growth of mobile data traffic?
* Do you see 5G technology as a revenue growth opportunity? If so, how?
* How do you see the role of the data center in the overall 5G ecosystem? (wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, software, edge, subsea, regulatory, etc.)

Hear from:
* Moderator: Adam Waitkunas, President and Founder, Milldam Public Relations
* Daniel Fuchs, Director – Infrastructure Debt, BlackRock Real Assets
* John Ghirardelli, Director – U.S. Innovation, American Tower
* Aaron Sawchuk, Co-Founder, ColoSpace, Inc.

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Networking Break

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm


Proposed Discussion Points:
* How do you win the cloud-connect story?
* How does your data center connect via the cloud?
* How do you provide a national footprint and a network with quality of service?
* Explain your partnerships within the ecosystem all the way down to the supply chain
* What are the pros and cons of the cloud on ramp options? Are Megaport and PacketFabric game changes?
* What are the optimal cloud fabrics and cloud connectivity fabrics?
* What is the impetus for someone to go out and invest in building new networks? Where is the value proposition in building out the fabric?
* Are customers leaving public cloud because of expenses? Are private clouds preferable?
* As colocation providers, what do you think Azure Stack On-Prem, Google On-Prem and AWS Outposts?
* How transparent are you on how you get to data center cloud applications?
* Are we getting back to a handful of national cloud providers? And, how secure will these on ramps be?
* Reliability issues: With less providers, reliability goes down
* Is consolidation good for cloud access in the future?
* What are the large enterprises doing?
* Are customers moving into wholesale one app at a time?
* Are customers coming back from the cloud after seeing costs?
* Why is the cloud only as good as the network?

Hear from:
* John Fidler, Manager – Solutions Engineer, INAP
* Dan Gauvin, Senior Director, INAP
* Kurt Karshick, Director – Carrier Services, GreenPages Technology Solutions
* Brian Kern, Regional Vice President, TierPoint
* Eli Scher, Chairman and CEO, New Continuum
* Speaker TBA – XTechnology Global LLC

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Carry on Wayward Leasing Executive: Best Practices for Brokers, Marketers and Attorneys as Deals Grow in Size and Complexities

In the infancy of the data center industry, deal sizes were typically 1mw-2mw. However, with rapidly-growing end-user compute needs over the years that also supported the advent of cloud and hyperscale data centers, deals have become larger and more complex. In this session, leasing executives, attorneys and marketing firms will discuss how the data center product has changed over the years – and how to effectively lease, market and transact in today’s environment.
Proposed Discussion Points:
* The evolution of lease size, terms and complexities over the last 10 years
* Are corporate end-users moving to colocation/wholesale, hyperscale, cloud or some other type of data center?
* What are the unique regulatory and compliance issues in lease deals today? And, what has changed over the last 5-10 years?
* What is the typical size of the average deal today?
* With more supply coming online, who will become new tenants?
* Will deal sizes get larger, and what will this mean for brokers?
* Will we see fewer, but larger deals going forward?

Hear from:
* William Bentley, Business Development, Iron Mountain Data Centers
* Robert Child, Business Development, CyrusOne
* Tina Gravel, SVP Global Channels, Cyxtera Technologies

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

CAPRE Takeaway & Uptime Institute Market Intel Report

Proposed Discussion Points:
* A look at data center investment, development and leasing activity in the U.S.
* Noteworthy trends and patters in U.S. markets in 2019, to date
* Analysis of hyperscale growth in U.S. markets
* Is the Enterprise ready for the Edge?
* How is the Enterprise handling climate change?
* What were the biggest causes of downtime?
* Are multi-site disasters on the rise?
* Is high density a thing?
* How much of the Enterprise is looking at renewables?

Hear from:
* Christopher Ludeman, Director Of Business Development, Uptime Institute

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm

Post-Event Networking