Going to 7x24 Exchange Orlando, June 11-14, 2017

Over the years I have shifted what conferences I attend.  In the beginning of my data center efforts I went to Uptime and I think my first Uptime Symposium was in Orlando.  At the time I was following the lead of Mike Manos when he was at Microsoft and we worked together. I can remember meeting some great people at this Orlando conference that I consider some of the best.  Uptime Symposium in the US have disappeared and 7x24exchange Exchange is now the main data center conference I go to. Why?

Top is the people attending are some of the most social in the data center industry. Including some of those people I met at Uptime Symposium and some of their staff.

Part of why the people attending are so good is the 7x24 Exchange staff that supports the event are awesome.  https://www.7x24exchange.org/about-7x24/7x24-staff/ https://www.7x24exchange.org/about-7x24/board-of-directors/

Looking forward to see friends and making new ones at 7x24 Exchange Orlando.  See you there. 



Save the date, Open Compute Summit Mar 8-9, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center

Open Compute Summit 2017 is now open for registration.

Registration Now Open for the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2017

Monday, November 07, 2016 · Posted by at 8:16 AM

We are pleased to announce that registration is now OPEN for the OCP U.S. Summit 2017 to be held on March 8th & 9th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Please note that this is a different venue from our 2016 and 2015 events which were held in San Jose.

The OCP Summit is a 2-day event that will feature a stellar lineup of speakers, announcements, demonstrations, booths and networking opportunities. More importantly, it’s your opportunity to work together with the OCP community to progress the future of important projects—Data Center, Compliance and Interoperability (C&I), Hardware Management, High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Open Rack, Server, Storage and Telco. Attend OCP U.S. Summit 2017 and find out how you can Consume OCP gear, Collaborate with the OCP Community and Contribute to the OCP ecosystem.

Register HERE by Friday, December 23rd @11:59p PDT to lock in Early Bird pricin; we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

What Data Center Conferences do I go to? 7x24 Exchange. Why that one?

My son Wyatt asked me what is a data center conference? It is a place where people in the industry get together to share their ideas about building and running data centers. Which ones do I go to? The one that I get the most out of.

I've gone to most of the data center conferences over the years. My favorite is 7x24 Exchange which occurs twice a year and the next one is on Oct 23-26, 2016 in Phoenix.

Below are some of the reasons why I am going. I doubt my son Wyatt will read this, but for those of you who live in the data center industry check it out.

This next one has a great lineup. Opening Keynote is former CEO of Travelocity Terry Jones. Don Beaty has a panel discussion

Don Beaty (bio)
DLB Associates Consulting Engineers, PC

Nicholas Franzoni (bio)
EP Supply Chain Performance Manager

Diraj Bamola (bio)
Vice President, Global Design & Construction

Joe Kava (bio)
VP of Data Centers

Daren Matthews (bio)
VP Supply Chain Planning
Schneider Electric

Jack Pouchet (bio)
VP Market Development
Emerson Network Power

2nd day keynote is with Chris Crosby

Keynote: Twin Sons of Different Mothers: Legacy and Bandwidth and Why

IDC estimates that 50% of existing data center networks cannot support IoT applications. Data center operators need to be developing and implementing their strategies to reduce latency and bandwidth to ensure they can support the escalating requirements driven by more attached devices and the volume and variety of packet sizes that characterize IoT and new large, rich packet applications. This presentation will explore the nature of latency and bandwidth issues, the shortcomings of today’s existing networks, and the solutions and equipment that data center operators need to incorporate into their network plans.

Chris Crosby (bio)
Compass Datacenters

And after that is another great panel hosted by Google's Heather Dooley.

Panel: Data Center Delivery & Operations

Organized by the 7x24 Exchange Women in Mission Critical Operations Committee (WiMCO)
Panelists will deliver a dynamic discussion sharing real work examples on how to be successful in your career while delivering on your core professional objectives. This panel will provide views from construction, operations and health and safety on current technical and business trends.

Heather Dooley (bio)
Data Center Business Operations
Google Data Centers
7x24 Exchange Women in Mission Critical Operations Committee (WiMCO)

Jenna Dumke (bio)
Project Manager, Critical Environment
Mark G. Anderson Consultants (MGAC)

Cindy Joos (bio)
Senior Director Global Operations

Marisa McGough (bio)
DPR Construction

Anita Tarab (bio)
Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability


7x24 Exchange Keynote lesson - Networking is Everything

One of the highlights of the 7x24 Exchange conference is the opening keynote. This year it was Alison Levine, the leader of the 1st all women's expedition to climb Everest.

Alison covered many topics and if you want an overview of the concepts you can read her book "On the Edge." If you want a shorter version here is a Forbes article.

The #1 thing I enjoyed from Alison's talk is her emphasis on networking. My notes from her talk.

Networking: build relationships - networking can save your life. Who can you work with outside your team. This is why the smart people go to a DC conference like 7x24 Exchange.

Instead of writing a long post on all the things I liked I am going to through up short words. Blog posts. :-)