Uptime Institute Membership
2023 Fall EMEA Conference

Melia Barcelona Sarria
Barcelona, Spain

19-20 September, 2023


Digital Infrastructure Experts from Around the Globe

Martin McCarthy
Martin McCarthyChief Executive Officer at
Uptime Institute
Chris Brown
Chris BrownChief Technical Officer at Uptime Institute

Tomas Rahkonen
Tomas RahkonenResearch Director, Distributed Data Centers at
Uptime Institute
Max Smolaks
Max SmolaksResearch Analyst at Uptime Institute

Scott Killian
Scott KillianVice President, Membership Services at
Uptime Institute
Andrew Stevens
Andrew StevensPresident & CEO at CNet Training

Daniel Bizo
Daniel BizoResearch Director at Uptime Institute

Kasper Dessing
Kasper DessingDirector - Global Building Management Optimization at Digital Realty
Andy Lawrence
Andy LawrenceExecutive Director, Research at Uptime Institute

Global Head of Digital Advisory Services
Global Head of Digital Advisory ServicesGlobal Head of Digital Advisory Services at Uptime Institute

Jacqueline Davis
Jacqueline DavisResearch Analyst at Uptime Institute

Conference Agenda

Agenda subject to change and will be updated as we finalize speaker and presentation details.

Day 1 - Tuesday, 19 September, 2023

09:00 – 10:00

Bus Departs Hotel for Data Center Tour

Buses will depart from the front of the hotel lobby for attendees that signed up for the tour. Security checkin will be conducted upon arrival at the site. Photo IDs are required for security check-in.

10:00 – 12:30

Data Center Tour

We'll be touring the T-Systems Iberia, Cerdanyola Data Center facility in the Barcelona area

12:30 - 13:00

Buses return to the Hotel

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch and Data Center Tour Feedback Session at the Hotel

Tour attendees will meet for a working lunch to note best practices and opportunities for improvement observed during the data center tour.

14:30 - 16:00

Break & Networking

16:00 - 17:00

General Member Registration

Conference materials will be available at the Membership registration table.

17:00 - 17:30

Conference Welcome & Executive Perspective

Martin McCarthy, CEO, Uptime Institute: Conference Welcome.
Scott Killian, VP Global Membership Services, Uptime Institute: General announcements.

17:30 - 18:30

Industry Critical Update and Panorama

Andy Lawrence, Executive Director of Research, Uptime Institute
Chris Brown, Chief Technology Officer, Uptime Institute
Daniel Bizo, Research Director, Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute presents the popular Panorama session, where the panelists and delegates discuss trends, events, and outages affecting the digital infrastructure industry.

18:30 - 20:30

Welcome Reception & Dinner at the Hotel

Join us for an enjoyable networking opportunity with a reception and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 - Wednesday, 20 September, 2023

08:00 - 09:00

Breakfast Provided at the Hotel

09:00 - 09:35

How and Why Data Centers are Becoming More Regulated

Andy Lawrence, Executive Director of Research, Uptime Institute
Data centers everywhere are becoming more regulated, especially in the areas of resiliency and sustainability. In this session, we will consider why this is happening, what form the regulations are taking, and provide some guidance on how operators should respond.

09:35 - 10:10

Sustainability: EU Regulatory Update

Tomas Rahkonen, Research Director of Distributed Data Centers, Uptime Institute
The EU is introducing several new financial and technical sustainability laws during the next few years. These laws will increase the regulatory reporting burden on owners, operators and users of European data centers.

10:10 - 10:45

Water Usage: Metrics and Cooling Technology Choices

Daniel Bizo, Research Director, Uptime Institute
Tomas Rahkonen, Research Director for Distributed Data Centers, Uptime Institute
Amber Villegas Williamson, Senior Consultant, Uptime Institute

As water becomes a growing concern globally, it's essential to monitor and reduce its use in our digital hubs. This panel will discuss the importance of tracking water consumption in data centers, offering insights into practical steps for efficiency and sustainability. Simple changes can lead to better water use and a smaller environmental footprint.

10:45 - 11:00

Break: Refreshments available

11:00 - 11:30

Heatwave Inside the Data Center

Daniel Bizo, Research Director, Uptime Institute
Typical server silicon power has jumped threefold in a decade. The industry at large anticipates a continued steep trajectory for server power in the coming years as a bout of competition between chip vendors, as well as between cloud operators, push chip and system design envelopes. This growing concentration of heat will pose as a growing pain for data center infrastructure. Liquid cooling is widely seen as an end-all solution to this challenge and solve sustainability issues, but these expectations may prove overly optimistic.

11:30 - 12:00

Resiliency Challenges of High Density Cooling

Jacqueline Davis, Research Analyst, Uptime Institute
Enoch Simpson, Sr. Technical Consultant, Uptime Institute
Densifying IT will press cooling systems to handle high heat while still delivering resiliency and efficiency, steering operators to refined precision air cooling designs as well as direct liquid cooling (DLC). Jacqueline Davis discusses with a panel of experts: how can data centers remain resilient as cooling systems evolve to accommodate dense IT?

12:00 - 12:30

Reducing Cost & Carbon Through IT Efficiency

Tomas Rahkonen, Research Director of Distributed Data Centers, Uptime Institute
Tracking and improving data center infrastructure energy efficiency, meaning the data center energy use relative to the total work processed, is critical in helping organizations to contain both the costs and carbon emissions that result from IT infrastructure growth.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch provided at the hotel

14:00 - 14:30

AI & Power: What We Need to Know

Daniel Bizo, Research Director, Uptime Institute
Generative models are driving an unprecedented AI hype-cycle, with projections of soaring investments. As anticipation builds for next-generation AI, experts foresee a surge in data center capacity needs. Yet, how AI will reshape data center infrastructure remains unclear. In this presentation we explore what AI may mean to the infrastructure.

14:30 - 15:00

AI in Data Center Operations

Max Smolaks, Research Analyst, Uptime Institute
Kasper Dessing, Director of Global Building Management Optimization, Digital Realty

Artificial intelligence technologies are set to transform data center operations and assist the industry in reaching new levels of facility efficiency. In this session, we discuss the data, software and skills necessary to take the first steps with AI-based data center optimization.

15:00 - 15:30

Navigating Datacenter Expansion

Antonio Piraino, IT Advisory Services, Uptime Institute
The data center industry is experiencing massive growth, but these investments are dependent on understanding a wide range of complex factors. The range of issues to consider is long and complex - from site selection, sustainability, regulatory compliance, design approach, and technology selection. This session will describe how organizations are approaching these issues, what are their priorities, and what challenges are they encountering, as well as the questions organizations need to answer around technology roadmaps, market growth and workload requirements for the data center builds of the near future.

15:30 - 15:45

Break: Refreshments available

15:45 - 16:15

Understanding the Human Factor: Knowledge, Certifications, Qualifications and Mitigating Human Risk

Andrew Stevens, President & CEO, CNet Training
Whilst it is a fact that unplanned data center outages occur, with a surprisingly high amount of these being attributed to human error, it is a subject that is very rarely openly discussed. Here is where Andrew Stevens will start that conversation. He will delve into the importance of on-going knowledge development, how you can prove individual and team skills, and how tapping into their potential will help to identify, address and mitigate human related risk within mission critical facilities.

16:15 - 16:45

View From The Field

Amber Villegas Williamson, Sr. Technical Consultant, Uptime Institute
Enoch Simpson, Sr. Technical Consultant, Uptime Institute
Insights from Uptime Institute's senior technical consultants, providing lessons learned, new challenges, and technical updates from global field experiences. What are the common vulnerabilities that continue to provide challenges? How are new technologies performing in mission critical environments?

16:45 - 17:55

Open Mic: Inside Track & Technical Roundtable

Uptime Institute will lead a discussion on relevant Inside Track discussion topics. This will be followed by an open forum allowing attendees the opportunity to pose questions and discussion topics to the Membership and the Uptime Institute team on pertinent issues and topics.

17:55 - 18:00

Conference Closing Remarks

Scott Killian, VP Global Membership Services, Uptime Institute
Closing comments and announcements.


Adjourn - Networking and Drinks at the Hotel

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Registration Details

There is no charge to attend this event.

Attendees are responsible for their travel and hotel expenses, and any additional food and entertainment expenses outside of the conference.

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Event Location:
Melia Barcelona Sarria
Avinguda de Sarria, 50
Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 10 60 60

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