Critical Facilities Connect

A digital event. Attend from your computer.

Wednesday, September 30th | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern


Inspiration, Strategy, and Practical Hands-on Advice

Our Experts Share with You…

Best practices to prevent data center breakdowns

How to build and maintain business resiliency

What worked during the pandemic and changes you must implement now to prepare for 2021

Changes you can expect in technology, the supply chain and cost control

How to justify the investments necessary to keep your organization running smoothly

How to step up and become a leader within your organization


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This all new digital event includes:

  • Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Hear from a panel of experts who will share the lessons they learned while operating a mission critical environment in the COIVD-19 pandemic. Discover what worked and what changes they recommend you implement now to prepare for 2021.
  • Data Center Operations and Design in 2021 and Beyond
    Our expert panelists share their predictions on what you changes you can expect in technology, supply chain issues, and cost control.
  • Communicating with Top Management: Expanding Your Role
    This year senior leadership realized how much business continuity relies on data centers and the role you play in keeping mission critical environments operating effectively. Learn how to use this spotlight to become a leader within your organization and justify the investments necessary to keep your organization running smoothly.
  • Data Center Failures: The Bad, The Ugly, and The Learning Experiences
    We look at common sources of failure and examples of data center breakdowns. Learn from other people's failures so you can revise your best practices and not make the same mistakes.

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“Sessions brought some new perspectives to many of the issues that we all face at one time or another.”

—Tom Rorer, Site Director, QTS Datacenters


Agenda

All times listed in Eastern

10:00 AM — Welcome


10:15 AM — Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the last several months COVID-19 has created previously unseen disruption around the world. Since most organizations moved more and more online, data center facility managers had to quickly put into practice their Continuity of Operations plans. Although COVID-19 is far from finished, many mission critical facility managers have already reviewed what worked and what changes their plans need. During this session hear from a panel of experts who will share the lessons they learned from operating a mission critical environment in the COIVD-19 pandemic.

Speaker: Steve Smith, Director of Physical IT Network, Structured Cabling, and IT Field Services; Regional Manager, Data Center Operations


11:00 AM — Powering through Disruption

How do you transform your operations and create greater resiliency during a worldwide public health crisis? In this session, you'll learn how a leading glass manufacturer and a clinical laboratory network altered their operations to support increased production and stay in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll come away with a better understanding of the importance of resilient energy systems and the critical role reliable power plays when changing and ramping up production during times of crisis.

Speaker: Bill Flye, Duke Energy One


11:20 AM — Networking Breakout Rooms


11:45 AM — Data Center Operations and Design in 2021 and Beyond

The effects of COVID-19 and economic impacts will be felt in all industries going forward and data centers will be no different. Whether it's changes in technology, supply chain issues, or cost control concerns; facility managers must be aware and prepare for these potential developments. Our expert panelists give their predictions on changes to the industry because of the current climate.

Speaker: Sudhir Kalra, Global Head of Operations, Compass Datacenter


12:50 PM — Networking Breakout Rooms


1:10 PM — Break


2:00 PM — AI and Machine Learning in the Modern Data Center

Data centers today come with enormous cost, complexity and new challenges trying to support Edge applications, 5G, Big Data and autonomous machines like self-driving cars and tractors. Learn how successful corporations are implementing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning not only for these specific applications but to run the data center themselves. As only with new tools will these applications be successful and users can reduce both the cost and complexity managing challenges like high density power monitoring and distribution.

Speaker: Calvin Nicholson, Raritan/Server Technology


2:30 PM — Data Center Failures: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Even the best laid plans sometimes do not work out, even in mission critical environments. During this session we will take a look at common sources of failure and examples of data center failures. Learn from other people's failures so you can update your best practices and not make the same mistakes.


3:30 PM — Virtual Happy Hour


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“Great conference for facility personnel that work in critical environments.”

—Gary Reaves, Electrical Engineer Critical Facilities - BPA, Bonneville Power Administration


Learn from the Best
and the Brightest

Experts and leading practitioners will provide the guidance and advice you need to resolve the challenges you face.


Featured Speakers

Sudhir Kalra

Sudhir Kalra

Global Head of Operations
Compass Datacenter

Sudhir Kalra serves as Compass’ SVP of Global Operations. Prior to joining Compass, Mr. Kalra served as Executive Director, Global Head of Enterprise Data Centers for Morgan Stanley. Sudhir was Director, Corporate Real Estate and Services – Global Head of Engineering and Critical Systems at Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for mission-critical support of a real estate portfolio comprised of over 30 million square feet.


Calvin Nicholson

Calvin Nicholson

Sr. Director of Product Management
Server Technology

Calvin joined Server Technology in late 2005 and is responsible for overseeing Product Strategy and Product Management for PDUs and other related products. He holds a number of patents in both the power/data center and gaming industries and has held various positions within STI including Director of Product Marketing and Director of FW Engineering. He had authored whitepapers and published articles in a variety of trade journals on IT / power distribution topics.


Steve Smith

Steve Smith, CFM, CFMJ, MFE

Director of Physical IT Network, Structured Cabling, and IT Field Services
Arvest Bank

Steve Smith is the Director of Physical IT Network, Structured Cabling, and IT Field Services for Arvest Bank based in Lowell, AR. He has 23+ years' experience in facility operations and maintenance, including Tier III & Tier IV Enterprise Class production data center environments. His expertise includes the justification, creation, commissioning, startup, staffing, and operation of mission critical data center facilities, and data center infrastructure management.


Matt Stransberry

Matt Stansberry

Vice President
North America Uptime Institute

Matt Stansberry is responsible for all commercial and service delivery activities in the North American region. He previously served as Senior Director of Content & Publications for Uptime Institute with extensive industry expertise writing for the Journal and other publications, and is a regular speaker at industry events around the globe.


Bill Flye

Bill Flye

Business Development Manager
Duke Energy One

Bill Flye is part of the Business Development team at Duke Energy One, helping strategic customers across the USA with results-oriented projects and solutions on an enterprise level. Bill has 30+ years of experience delivering technical solutions to customers. Bill's many successes are based on his ability to build strong relationships with customers and advocate for them throughout the entire sales and execution process. He earned a BA in both Economics and Communications from the University of Richmond and is a CEM.


“An excellent learning opportunity.”

—Steve Smith, Director, Arvest Bank


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Connect with Other Facilities Professionals

Often the best people to answer your problems are your peers. Colleagues who walked in your shoes and solved business challenges like yours. Critical Facilities Connect includes ample opportunities to connect with your colleagues. Pick their brains. Share opinions and perspectives on issues that keep you awake at night.


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