Uptime Institute Executive Symposium: Las Vegas - Agenda

This year's theme is Data Center Strategies in the Hybrid Cloud. As IT infrastructure moves from the enterprise to hybrid architectures, executives must adopt new strategies for resiliency, agility and efficiency.

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Pre-Event Schedule - Sunday, September 17, 2017

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6:00pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception (Uptime Institute Symposium Networking Central/Exposition Hall)

Event Schedule - Monday, September 18, 2017

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7:00am – 8:00am

Morning Mindfulness Session

Welcome to Las Vegas. Guests at our conference will be invited to participate in a pre-event health and wellness session, led by Uptime Institute’s Enrique Hernandez. This session will feature guided meditation and breathing techniques to help you stay present for a day of learning and networking. So many of us have multiple tasks and demands on our time and mental energy. This session will help you stay focused and make the most of this event.

8:00am – 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am – 9:15am

Welcome Session: Consequences of Digital Infrastructure Failure

Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute

What are the true consequences of a digital business failure? This welcome keynote from Uptime Institute President, Lee Kirby will kick off Executive Symposium: Las Vegas and will offer an overview of global IT outages and their economic impacts. Key topics for this session include outlining how companies are adopting multi-site resiliency strategies around the globe and how organizations can avoid outages through better management of the design, operations, and outsourcing processes associated with their critical infrastructure. Uptime Institute will offer viewpoints from field experience evaluating over 1,000 data center projects around the globe.

9:15am – 10:00am

Panel Session: How is cloud impacting your infrastructure strategy?

Matt Stansberry, Senior Director of Content and Publications, Uptime Institute

Stephanie Singer, VP, Global Data Center Facilities & IT Service Continuity Management, Reed Elsevier
Julian Kudritzki, COO, Uptime Institute 
Steve Press, Vice President, Data Center Solutions, Kaiser Permanente

This panel will consist of enterprise IT executives discussing how cloud adoption is shaping their real estate, infrastructure, staffing, risk management, and career focus. Uptime Institute's 2017 Data Center Survey results, corroborated by the latest research from 451 Research analysts will provide the context for this interactive discussion on next steps for enterprise IT in a cloud-enabled world.

10:00am – 10:30am
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Keynote Presentation: The Data Center at the Core of IT Risk Reduction

Kelly Sullivan, VP Data Center Engineering & Operations, Cyxtera Technologies

According to 451 Research, "Colocation is quickly becoming the nexus of both cloud and enterprise IT." As more global enterprises increase their investment in hybrid IT solutions and away from capital-intensive on-premises data centers, the off-premises data center becomes the most critical element in any hybrid IT strategy. This session will focus on the importance of building a "secure infrastructure" across your enterprise IT platform, and how this starts with the data center itself. Data center reliability extends far beyond the redundant data center infrastructure to people, processes and operations, and the operational excellence of your data center service provider can significantly impact your risk management strategy.

10:30am – 11:00am

Coffee & Executive Networking

11:00am – 11:30am

Keynote Presentation: LinkedIn's Oregon Data Center: Innovation, Design and Sustainability

Brad Peterson, Manager, Data Center Engineering, LinkedIn

The way in which LinkedIn designs its IT environments and data center operations is crucial to the rapidly growing needs of the world's digital infrastructure. It is an imperative for LinkedIn to continue evolving and innovating to meet these needs, and the needs of its members. This presentation will share some of the infrastructure system designs (electrical systems, cooling systems, distribution, etc.), the importance of monitoring and measuring and the development of bench-marking and executive reporting.

11:30am – 12:15pm

Panel Session: Scalable Infrastructure: Benefits and Challenges to Modular Deployment

Kevin Heslin, Chief Editor, Uptime Institute

Doug Kindig, Regional Sales Manager, Starline
Dave Sterlace, Global Head of Technology for Data Center Industry Sector, ABB
Jeff Fidacaro, Senior Analyst, Datacenter Technologies, 451 Research

Many data center owners are taking a modular or phased construction approach to reduce the costs of design, construction, and operation and build time. Taking a modular or phased construction approach allows companies to make a smaller initial investment and to delay some capital expenditures by scaling capacity with business growth. The modular and phased construction approaches bring some challenges. These panelists will discuss how the drive for scalability is changing the data center design and operations.


12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lunch & Executive Networking

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Session #1



Data Center Resiliency in the Age of Cloud

Andy Lawrence, Research Vice President - Datacenter Technologies, 451 Research
Todd Traver, VP IT Optimization and Strategy, Uptime Institute

The evolution of compute from single-site data centers to a multi-site hybrid computing model is enabling distributed models of resiliency that can achieve high availability and rapid recovery alongside improved performance. But there are also risks and limitations created by the complex software and coordination of new third-party services, as well as the technologies necessary to orchestrate applications and data. This session will discuss the pros and cons of four resilient architectures (traditional single-site, linked-site, distributed-site, cloud-based).

Session #2 (Breakout)

Location: Grand Ballroom, 7,9


Top Considerations for Addressing Data Center Facilities Management Risks

Scott Good, Global Senior Consultant, Uptime Institute

Many large organizations are facing pressure to meet demanding availability requirements, often with budgetary constraints and aging infrastructure. Recent high profile outages demonstrate facilities management competency is critical to your company’s success. This session outlines 14 top considerations developing an enterprise-grade data center facilities management program.

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Innovator Spotlight

Join industry thought leaders for short discussions on key topics facing data center executives, including:

Session #1


Presentation: Mitigating Risk Through Proactive Maintenance

David Crites, COO, Panoptic Solutions
Mike Carr, CTO, Panoptic Solutions

Presentation: Quebec: Home to Clean Clouds and the Clean Energy Revolution

Éric Filion, Vice President - Customers, Hydro-Québec Distribution

Session #2 (Breakout)

Location: Grand Ballroom, 7,9

Presentation: Data Centers at Cyber Speed - Managing the Process and Expectations

Terence Deneny, Vice President, Structure Tone - Mission Critical

Presentation: Risk - Who's Responsible in a Hybrid World?

Stephen Douglas, Technology Segment Risk Control Director, CNA Insurance

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Presentation: The Disrupted Datacenter: Ten technologies that might change data centers forever

Rhonda Ascierto, Research Director, Datacenter Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT, 451 Research

451 Research, Uptime Institute and a panel of industry experts have rated leading-edge technologies – including distributed resiliency, micro-modular embedded datacenters, silicon photonics, chiller-free datacenters, post-silicon devices, datacenter management-as-a-service and on-site microgrids – in terms of their ability to disrupt the business models, ecosystems and design of the datacenter.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Panel Session: Colocation and Connectivity

Yevgeniy Sverdlik, Editor in Chief, Data Center Knowledge

Mark Oxley, CTO & Founder, Data Shelter
John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers
Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst, 451 Research

As data center space and power become commoditized, colocation buyers need to focus on connectivity in this hybrid infrastructure world. New applications and architectures are increasingly dependent on effective network design and performance in order to meet service level goals.

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Coffee & Executive Networking

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Panel Session: How do you evaluate infrastructure venues: on premise, cloud, and colocation?

Keith Klesner, Senior Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute

Daniel Gaffney, Director, Critical Infrastructure Group, BNY Mellon
Michael Sweeney, Data Center Architect, Salesforce
Kelly Morgan, Research Vice President, Services, 451 Research

The majority of enterprise organizations today manage a hybrid portfolio of disparate compute assets, spanning multiple providers, geographies and technologies. According to 2017 survey data, 70% of respondents said their decision making and management processes for hybrid portfolios could use improvement. This panel will discuss strategies for effective decision-making and management in a complex computing environment.

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Closing Executive Keynote: Beyond Fault Tolerance - Fault Avoidance: A Q&A with Uptime Institute CTO

Chris Brown, CTO, Uptime Institute
Pitt Turner, Global Executive of Network and Senior Tier Certification Authority, Uptime Institute

Even in the best-designed and operated data centers, facilities can become vulnerable during highly stressful incidents. Uptime Institute CTO Chris Brown discusses how deploying a range of increasingly cost-effective monitoring to detect equipment failures before they happen can move the industry from fault tolerance (a reactive stance) to active fault avoidance.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Networking Reception


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