CAPRE’s Second Annual Canadian Data Centre Summit

Jul 18, 2017 - Jul 19, 2017


Jul 18, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

CAPRE's Canadian Data Centre Summit Official Pre-Event Reception Sponsored by Ciena will be held at 20 Blue Jays Way, Toronto ON, M5V 3W6

Jul 19, 2017
6:00 am -

Exhibitor Set-Up

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Special Breakfast Workshop: Innovations in Cooling with CO2

Proposed Discussion Points:
* How will refrigerant regulations affect data center cooling?
* Is there such a thing as “free cooling”?
* How does carbon dioxide systems react depending on the exterior conditions?
* How can higher operating pressures be used as an advantage

Hear from:

Ann-Sophie Hamel-Boisvert, Account Manager, Carnot Refrigeration

8:30 am - 8:35 am

Opening Remarks

Hear From:

  • Brian Klebash, Founder & President, CapRate Events, LLC | The National Data Center Summit Series
8:35 am - 9:05 am

Morning Keynote Presentation: Comparing and Contrasting Canadian Data Center Markets

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Analysis of leasing activity in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver markets over the last 12 months
* Analysis of new development activity
* What has been the impact of public sector incentives?
* How is the Edge impacting the Canadian data center market?
* How are the major cloud plays (AWS, Microsoft, Apple, etc.) becoming more active in Canada?

Hear from:
* Angelo Lamanna, Advisor – Data Centre Solutions, Duffy Group Real Estate

9:05 am - 9:35 am

Up-Close with Hydro-Québec: Innovations in Power Delivery and Supply for Data Centre Operators

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What is Hydro Quebec’s plans to compete outside of Quebec (in Canada and the U.S.) with other power suppliers? Is the infrastructure in place to supply other regions with Hydro Quebec energy?
* How has Hydro Quebec’s approach to data centre operators changed in the last 12-24 months? Why are data centres viewed more favorably in recent months?
* Analysis of innovations in energy delivery for data centres
* Analysis of reliability of various sources of power in Canada
* Analysis of cost of energy for data centres
* Analysis of unique public sector-energy provider incentives for legacy data centres or new construction

Hear from:
* Moderator: Craig McLellan, Founder, ThinkOn
* Eric Filion, Vice President – Customers, Hydro-Québec Distribution

9:35 am - 9:55 am

Networking Break

9:55 am - 10:55 am

Enterprise IT Flight to Cloud: What Does it Mean for Wholesale and Colo Data Center Providers?

* Enterprise is going to cloud: What are you seeing and how are you reacting to it?
* Who will survive and thrive?
* What has driven the spike in values and increased interest in the sector from an investment standpoint?
* With the low capitalization rates and high per-square foot/kW sale rates, it implies future rent growth. Are you surprised in the past year or so with decreased vacancy that you haven’t seen a higher increase in rents?
* Is the general belief that if you aren’t a seller in this environment you will have to scale quickly to stay relevant? Or, can local and regional players still carve out their own niche?

Hear from
Moderator: Scott Metcalfe, Vice President – Data Center Solutions, JLL
Marc Creel, Director, COLO-D
Roger Karam, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Investment Partners Inc.
J. Mark MacDonald, Founder, Canada15Edge Data Centers; Managing Partner, HighlandsCap Management
Ted Mocarski, Senior Partner, Novacap
David O’Reilly, Vice President of the IT Solution Division, Schneider Electric

10:55 am - 11:45 am

The Road Map to Off-Premise Compute: The End-User Approach to the Cloud, AI, SaaS and Tomorrow’s Compute Needs and Initiatives

* Site Selection: What are core drivers related to site selection? And, is the strategy outside Canada similar or different?
* Own vs Lease: What has been your historic strategy? And, what is the plan for moving forward?
* Open Compute: What might the future look like related to data center design and operations?
* Economics of the cloud: What are the capabilities in the cloud?
* 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?
* What impact do artificial intelligence workloads have on data migration strategies to the cloud?
* How is artificial intelligence driving cloud service providers to re-think their cloud offerings?
* What impact is artificial intelligence having on hybrid cloud architectures?
* 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?
* 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:
Moderator: Randolph W. Borron, Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield
Stephan Abraitis, Senior Director – Critical Environments (Global), RBC
Rocco Alonzi, AVP – Data Centre Governance, Sun Life Financial
Alda Licis, Senior Director – Fiber Solutions Central Region, Zayo
Kirby Peters, Director – Critical Facilities, BMO Financial Group
Andre van Zijl, General Manager – Canada, Cologix, Inc.

11:45 am - 11:50 am

Networking Break

11:50 am - 12:45 pm

Battle of the Red-Hot Canadian Markets: Comparing and Contrasting Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver

Proposed Discussion Points:
* Analysis of cost of power, sources of power and reliability in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto
* What are the advantages of each region?
* What are the unique competitive dynamics of each region?
* What are the unique attributes in each region?
* Analysis of connectivity improvements in the Canadian provinces
* What market (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal) is attracting the most new development, and why?
* Is investor engagement stronger in one region, and why?
* From a demand perspective, what region is most interesting to end-users and why?
* What is the different demand profile in each region?
* What customers are location-agnostic?
* Why would a customer need to be in Vancouver in addition to Montreal and Toronto?
* What are the unique regulatory controls in each region?
* Professional Hockey vs. Data Centers: In 2017, what industry is more exciting in Canada – and driving economic growth?

Hear from:
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director – Canada, Structure Research
Michael Bucheit, CEO, I.C.E. Data Centres
AJ Byers, President and CEO, ROOT | Data Center
Matthew Callahan, Director, CentriLogic
Todd Coleman, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers
Scott Harper, Associate Vice President, CBRE Limited
David Vincent, Directeur – Développement des affaires et ventes, Hydro-Québec

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:00 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?
* Stick-build vs modular/off-site and speed-to-market: What are the pros and cons of each alternative?
* 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: Ross Rebraca, Vice President – Technology Sector, HITT Contracting Inc.
Daniel Bodenski, Technology and Applications Manager – Data Centers, Belden Inc.
Ahmed El-Nady, National Director – Data Centre Infrastructure, Trane Canada ULC
Dan Jolivet, P.Eng., Vice President – Mission Critical & Pharmaceutical Sector, EllisDon Corporation
Bart Leung, Senior Associate, Ehvert
Sean Maskell, President, Cologix Canada
David Yostos, Mission Critical Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Coreio Inc – Speaker TBA

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Data Center Management, Operations & Power: New Strategies for Reducing Cost Without Increasing Risk

* Redundancy & UPS strategies relating to fire hazards and earthquakes: What every owner should know
* What are the unique techniques within the data center industry today?
* Innovation and making the data center structures smarter
* Securing a solid infrastructure
* Importance of containment in the data center to lower costs
* Analysis: Staying in an old facility vs. acquiring a new asset
* 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
* Analysis of new and unique cooling strategies
* What green programs are offered by local utilities?
* How do these offerings compare to utilities in other provinces?
* Is there an increasing or decreasing demand for green power from independent power producers?
* How will proposed legislation affect major projects?
*Will we see a drop in power pricing as renewables become more cost effective?

Hear from:
* Moderator: Jeff Ivey, Senior PM, Corporate Office Properties Trust
* Frank Gimondo, Director, Data Centre Operations – Canada, Cyxtera Technologies
* Roozbeh Hashemiha, Managing Director, Nuday Networks
* Mark Hurley, Solutions Architect (Data Centers), Schneider Electric
* Anthony Pinkey, Business Development Manager for UPS, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm

Networking Break

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Case Study: Impact of Demand Drivers for the Edge in the Canadian Data Centre Market, Including: AI and IoT

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What is EdgeConnex’s play in Canada over the next 12-24 months?
* Why is Canada an attractive investment for American companies?
* How has the development of edge infrastructure changed the Canadian market? With the infrastructure in place, what has changed?
* What happened with the change in Canadian? What does this mean to an enterprise from cost of overall IT spend? With appropriate latency, what does this mean to IT?
* Edge and direct path: Published latency network results that it takes 60-75 ms to access choice of cloud (Azure, Direct Connect); the controlled network approach
* What else is available with direct paths?
* What are the things that make sense with the Edge today?
* Analysis of the robust nature of edge in terms of security

Hear from:
* Angelo Lamanna, Advisor – Data Centre Solutions, Duffy Group Real Estate
* Don MacNeil, Chief Technology Officer, EdgeConneX

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

The Impact of Connectivity Innovations on Data Centers: Analysis of Network Reconfiguration to Support Evolving Needs

Proposed Discussion Points:
* What are the pros and cons of different on ramp methods to AWS, Azure and other cloud providers?
What is the Canada specifically seeing?
* How are the recent telecommunication mergers and acquisitions going? And, how are changes of business models and shedding business models playing out?
* Analysis of client requirements: What industries are driving the market and what requirements are they demanding?
* Analysis of connectivity strategy for providers: Are they prepared for their customer’s connectivity requirements?
* What differentiates Canada from a connectivity perspective?
* Analysis of bandwidth and latency requirements: What are the most significant challenges in delivery to west coast and national clients?
* 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?
* Are third party providers like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud disrupting the bandwidth market? How are they changing the playing field from a colo provider standpoint?
* How important is latency? Do clients need the low latency levels providers are promoting?
* Connectivity and integration of the cloud: Analysis of bandwidth, latency, management of the network and connectivity across environments
* Site-Selection from a connectivity perspective: What challenges are driving enterprise and developer expansion, and where are they looking to expand?
* What do you look at as a developer, in terms of site selection, for new development relative to connectivity?
* How are enterprise operators approaching expansion: What factors are used during site-selection from a connectivity perspective?
* Analysis of manufacturer constraints for increasing fiber capacity. How will this impact firms like Cisco, EMC, Dell, HP, etc. in the region moving forward?
* Today’s cloud is made up of data centers and gear. How are companies like Cisco, EMC, Dell, HP, etc. positively or negatively affected?
* Connectivity takeaway: Why is connectivity important and what will make the biggest impact on the market in 2016?

Hear from:
Moderator: Robert Agostino, Vice President – Business Development, Hydro One Telecom Inc.
Jeff Armani, Senior Technology Consultant | Corporoate Real Estate, Communications Infrastructure, TELUS
Mike Cunningham, CEO, Crosslake Fibre
Akshay Kalle, CTO, Pathway Communications
Bob Matthews, Application Engineering, CommScope Solutions Canada
Duncan Puller, Vice President, Cloud Strategy, Ciena

4:20 pm - 5:30 pm

Post-Event Networking