Data centers are the world’s most demanding technological environments, serving as the epicenters of interconnectivity for global communications. Implementations range in size and scope from hyperscales approaching 1 million square feet, to single-cabinet edge facilities.
Regardless of the amount of computing power within it, a data center has exacting requirements of the products and systems that serve it. During the Data Center Summit (June 13-15), an online educational event produced by Endeavor Business Media’s Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Data Center Frontier, Security Info Watch, and Lightwave, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the systems, technologies, and practices that are moving data centers forward.
The Data Center Summit will be hosted by: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director, Lightwave; Patrick McLaughlin, Chief Editor, Cabling Maintenance & Installation; Rich Miller, Founder & Editor, Data Center Frontier; David Chernicoff, Senior Editor, Data Center Frontier; and Steve Lasky, Editorial Director, Security Info Watch.
With technical presentations on topics including high-speed optics, DCIM and digital twins, fiber connectivity, colocation and the cloud, powering the data center, sustainability and more, the Data Center Summit will equip professionals with information that will allow them to make informed decisions when planning the future of a data center facility.
BICSI CEC recognized seminars must be viewed live
Notably, the online event includes seven BICSI CEC recognized seminars. Sessions that qualify for Continuing Education Credits (CEC) from BICSI are identified as such. Attendees of these BICSI-qualified sessions must attend the live broadcast in its entirety. Partial viewing of the live broadcast, or viewing a session on-demand, does not qualify for a CEC from BICSI. The granting of one continuing education credit for these sessions does not imply or suggest BICSI approves or endorses this event.
The seven BICSI CEC recognized seminars during the Data Center Summit are as follows:
- The Designing a Data Center Network for Sustainability and Growth seminar, held Tues., June 13 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT), will be presented by Kamlesh Patel, CommScope; Sameh Yamany, VIAVI Solutions; Joshua Seawell, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave; and Sloan Campbell, Cisco. This session takes as its premise the truth that the data center network is dynamic by nature, changing and expanding as needs dictate. At the same time, network efficiency is paramount to minimize or eliminate wasted watts, megabits, or person-hours. This BICSI CEC recognized discussion focuses on design approaches and techniques that accommodate network changes and additions, while simultaneously achieving the highest levels of efficiency. The session considers network architecture, media, redundancy and other characteristics that can make a network both lean and robust. Register Now
- The Progress on Data Center Transmission at 800G and Beyond seminar, held Tues., June 13 from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT) will be presented by John Calvin, Keysight Technologies; Rich Baca, Microsoft; Sameh Boujelbene, Dell’Oro Group; and Ray Nering, Cisco. This BICSI CEC recognized seminar's premise starts with a question: With 800G rolling out now, attention turns to the development of 1.6-Tbps technology. How will we get to 1.6 Tbps – and beyond? And are we done with 800G development or is there more to come? The panelists in this session will bring attendees up to speed on the current state of play and offer insights into where high-speed data center optics is heading in the future. Register Now
- On Wed., June 14 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT) the DCIM, Digital Twins, and the Evolving Data Center seminar as presented by Sherman Ikemoto; Cadence Design Systems; Jad Jebara, Hyperview; and Greg Johnson, Schneider Electric, begins on the premise that most data center managers have more assets and deployment venues to manage these days, but an improving range of tools as well. As footprints evolve to include cloud, colo, edge computing and on-premise capacity in a COVID-altered landscape, both managers and customers are relying on remote management capabilities. Meanwhile, the rising rack densities of AI-centric IT hardware place a premium on precision management of cooling. This BICSI CEC recognized session will look at the latest trends and best practices in data center management and the software to support it. Register Now
- For the seminar entitled Power—The Ultimate Data Center Enabler, held on Wed., June 14 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT), technical experts including Ed Spears, Eaton; John Peterson, Evoque; and Dave Sanders, RCDD/DCDC/OSP/LAN, BEI Construction begin by noting how data center on any scale, from modular to hyperscale, can only perform as much compute function as its power supply will allow. In that sense, this BICSI CEC recognized seminar explores how power is the ultimate enabler of data center operation. And, how power delivery is a top priority at every level of data center administration, from the macro level of utility supply, to the granular level of measuring consumption at each device. This discussion takes a wide-ranging look not just at the importance of power in a data center, but also at trends and innovations shaping the future of power supply for these facilities. It also examines how hyperscalers are generating their own power through renewable sources, the importance of reliable power supply as a site-selection criterion, methods and technologies for distributing power throughout a facility, the ability to measure power consumption at different points, and more. Register Now
- On Thurs. June 15, a BICSI CEC recognized seminar entitled The Cloudification of Colocation Continues will be presented by Josh Holst, Involta; Bill Kleyman, Neu.ro; and Rich Miller, Data Center Frontier. This expert talk will explain how more service providers are moving beyond “power, pipes and ping” and are offering products and services to enable colo assets to be deployed through cloud-style online interfaces. This includes new bare metal server offerings, but also pre-configured racks with quicker provisioning. A number of providers are mixing in consulting options to support hybrid IT rollouts. This session will examine the rise of "the cloudification of colo," and the benefits this trend provides for providers and customers. Register Now
- On Thurs. June 15 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT), Ed Spears of Eaton will present a seminar titled, Lithium-ion Batteries for UPS; Installation Codes and Standards Compliance. As lithium-ion batteries become more frequently used in UPS systems of all sizes, legitimate questions arise among end users, engineers, contractors, and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ). This BICSI CEC recognized session covers latest IFC fire codes and NFPA standards, and their requirements for large format lithium-ion installations, both indoor and outdoor. Items addressed are site selection, maximum and minimum lithium quantities, and fire detection and suppression requirements and techniques. Applications where lithium-ion batteries will be deployed in areas formerly occupied by lead-acid batteries, may result in significant changes to the room where the battery is located. Proactive planning is a must, to ensure successful installations. Register Now
- Finally on Thurs. June 15 from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT), technical experts including Gautier Humbert, Legrand; Jim Davis, Fluke Networks; Chris Raynor, RCDD - GoFoton; and Todd Morse, Brother Mobile solutions will engage in a panel discussion on Cabling the Data Center. The panel will grapple with how, whether recabling an existing data center or building a brand new facility, several decisions must be made to ensure that the data center network infrastructure will meet both immediate and projected requirements. Considerations around density, the number and types of fibers required, and how the installation process will proceed smoothly and economically will drive such decisions. The panelists in this BICSI CEC recognized session will describe current options and offer suggestions to help you develop a winning strategy. Register Now