TIA workshop focuses on optimizing data centers

The October workshop includes a tour of an Equinix data center as well as a full day of expert presentations on data center connectivity and standards.

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) will host the Optimizing Data Center Performance Workshop: Building and Managing for Today and Tomorrow, October 16-17 at the association’s headquarters in Arlington, VA. The workshop will include a tour of an Equinix data center in Loudoun County, VA on Monday afternoon, October 16.

In describing the workshop and its content, the TIA said, “Those designing, building and managing today’s data centers are challenged with navigating increasing complexity. There is the relentless demand for capacity driven by streaming video content and IoT real-time deployments. Multi-vendor environments mean optimizing despite continued challenges of interoperability. Driving operational efficiencies is complicated by migrating legacy systems and applications, repurposing central offices into data centers, and introducing virtualized architectures.

“This one-day workshop of presentations and interactive discussions will provide professionals insights and takeaways to act today and to confidently plan for tomorrow, whether working with enterprises, service providers or government data centers.”

Attendees of the conference sessions on October 17 will be eligible to receive 6 continuing education credits (CECs) from BICSI.

The workshop agenda for Tuesday, October 17 follows.

9:15-10:15amWhat We Can learn from Hyperscale Data Centers by Buddy Rizer, Certified Economic Developer, Loudoun County, VA

10:30-11:30amOptimizing Interoperability Through Standards by Jonathan Jew, principal, J&M Consultants; and Rakesh Sambaraju, applications engineer, Nexans

11:30am-12:30pm—Lunch and networking

12:30-1:30pmEfficiencies of High Density Cabling and Connectivity by Jim Davis, regional marketing engineer, Fluke Networks; Christian Urricariet, senior director of marketing for data center solutions, Finisar; and Patrick Van Vickle, director of research and development, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

1:30-2:30pmDeploying Multi-Tenant Data Centers by Chip Freund, director of colocation and data center product marketing, Cyxtera Technologies; Kam Patel, director of hyperscale and service provider data center solutions, CommScope; and Dave Valentukonis, North American technical services manager, Siemon Company

2:30-2:45pm—Sponsor Spotlight and networking break

2:45-3:45pmRe-architecting Central Offices as Data Centers by Leo Staurulakis, chairman and principal of JSI Capital Advisors; and Tanya Sullivan, president and managing partner of Plus One Strategic Communications

3:45-4:45pmHow Edge Computing Impacts Data Center Infrastructure by Dan MacNeil, chief technology officer, EdgeConnex

4:45-6:30pm—Networking reception

The TIA offers member and non-member pricing for registration. BICSI members are eligible for the member pricing rates ($95 through September 13 and $120 thereafter). Non-member rates are $120 through September 13 and $145 thereafter.

You can find more information on the workshop here and register for it here.

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