Our Progressive Data Center Summit target owners, managers and operators of data center facilities so that they may learn and understand how to better achieve and surpass their strategic goals of management & operational efficiency, security and the uptime of their data centers. Our Summits provide the platform for the sharing of best practices; through rich dialogue, thought leader presentations and the facilitation of relationships between those who have needs and those who can provide the right solutions.

Keynote Speakers

  • Devin Grandis, President & CEO

    By analyzing a clients lighting, energy needs and consumption usage, we recommend the best solutions, deductions/rebates/ tax incentives to help reduce the operating expenses and increase the bottom line profit while enhancing the work environment.

  • Stephen Jaynes, COO

    xByte Technologies is a premier reseller of IT equipment with a history of quality service for over 11 years. We specialize in servers, storage, and parts for Dell, HP, and IBM. With a long history in the industry, we have the knowledge to answer any question and get you exactly what you need when you need it.

  • Dan Krupp, Director Sales & Engineering

    UAF is a one-stop shop for data center air filtration to meet considerable operator demand for longer-life, energy-efficient solutions. From rack-level processing equipment air filters to CRAC and HVAC commercial building filters

  • Peter Matte, Division Manager

    Sealco can provide processes and procedures to allow Facility Executives to be more competitive and profitable with their IT Operations by maintaining a clean air environment and controlling cooling and energy costs.

  • Paul Nelson, VP Sales & Marketing

    Whether you have one or one hundred facilities, ORR will provide you a single point of contact for all your fire protection needs; emergency service, inspections, repairs or new system installations.

  • Daniel Tautges, President & CEO

    Optimum Path Inc™ is a global leader in the development of software for advanced visualization and planning of IT physical and logical infrastructure for cloud based applications and services.

  • Duncan Curd, General Manager; VP Sales Americas

    Nortec has proven experience and technological leadership in the fields of Humidification and Evaporative Cooling, that will assure reliable operation and improved PUE

  • Eli Hertz, CEO & President

    HERGO operates from a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility based in NYC. The fact that we design, engineer and manufacture in one facility means that HERGO can meet client specifications with quality, price, and timely delivery in mind.

  • Sherman Ikemoto, General Manager

    Introductory Bio Sherman Ikemoto is General Manager for Future Facilities Inc. a leading supplier of… Read more »

  • Lisa Zembrodt, Manager of Global Research & Analytics

    Introductory Bio Lisa Zembrodt leads Schneider Electric’s Global Research & Analytics team within the Professional… Read more »

  • James McEnteggart, Vice President Operations

    Introductory Bio Jim McEnteggart is a Vice President for Primary Integration and has over 20… Read more »

  • Steve Barnes, Principal Consultant - Data Center Practice Manager

    PTS has a full spectrum of offerings covering the whole life cycle of mission critical facilities and data centers. This includes strategy, selection, assessment, development, commissioning, forensic analysis and operation.

  • Nick Magliato, Chief Operations Officer

    Between June 2010 and Feb 2012, the cost per hour of downtime increased by 38 percent, reaching a high of nearly $182,000 per hour of downtime. While this average cost continues to rise, best-in-class organizations have been able to enhance their datacenter performance to a point where they are losing virtually nothing to datacenter downtime. In fact, 42% of best-in-class organizations report having no downtime events in the last 12 months.

    Nick Magliato, Chief Operations Officer, will share best practices on how to achieve zero downtime and the benefits organizations can expect when they decide to implement colocation into their overall IT strategy. As a leader in this space, SunGard AS can share specific case studies where companies have chosen SunGard AS to partner for availability services and experienced true teamwork and triumph.

  • Billie Haggard & Jim Hughes, Senior Vice President & National Sales Manager

    In 2011, CoreSite selected Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.’s 1.5 MW Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system for its state-of-the-art Boston colocation facility, which has 275,000 square feet of move-in ready capacity. Having the flexibility to configure the UPS as either an N+1 or 2N system allowed the company the ability to scale their power requirements to their customers’ needs. Along with the reduced costs to install the equipment afforded by the unique multi-module design, the reduced time required for installation and the marked efficiency of the system led to a dramatic decrease in the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) of the datacenter operation. Specific metrics will be presented for equipment, installation and operational design of the system performance and cost savings

  • Brent Ness & Chuck Grosbier, Global Data Center Segment Lead & Director of Technical Operations

    Cummins Power Generation not only offers fail-safe integrated backup power systems, we also offer an experienced team of critical protection application engineers. Our systems are backed by an extensive global network of distributors offer full service and support.

  • Raymond Parpart, Director of Data Center Operations

    Raymond Parpart services as the Assistant Director of Data Center Operations where he is responsible for providing the utmost level of compute & service reliability for all University IT core services around the clock. He is also responsible for global consulting serving the IT needs of the University Faculty and staff. Mr. Parpart and his team work continuously to refine the design, construction, and upgrades of the University’s core data centers bringing improvements to technology, cost models, and room efficiency for the lowest economical mode. Mr. Parpart leverages over 25 years experience with technology, service, data center management, and process to the success of his teams.

  • Michael Stears, Principal

    Introductory Bio Mike has a broad background in business management and project development and implementation…. Read more »

  • Jeffrey Mendez, Global Communications Director

    Introductory Bio With diverse background in industries such as marketing, construction and technologies, Jeffrey now… Read more »

Media Partners



Cloud Management

  • Transitioning to the Cloud; Passive or Intrusive
  • Managing & Monitoring Cloud Services
  • Virtual WAN Optimization
  • Data Security in the Cloud
  • Cloud Computing Standards, Compliance, Pricing & Economics
  • Data Center Collocation Services
  • Networking & Cloud Infrastructure Planning
  • Network & Application Performance in the Cloud
  • Cloud Disaster Recovery

Data Center Modularity

  • Modularity; Wave of the Future or Current Reality?
  • The Portable Modular Data Center
  • Expansion without Equipment Restoration or Redesign
  • Containerized Data Center Design
  • Modular vs. Containerized Data Centers
  • Scalable Modular Data Centers

Data Center Facility

  • Tying your Data Center to your Smart Building
  • Uninterrupted Power Solutions & Generators: Efficiency vs. Reliability
  • Data Center Off-Grid Survival Post-Catastrophe
  • The role of Solar in Mission Critical Facilities
  • Centralized Data Center Management
  • The Cost of Operating a Data Center
  • The Importance of Failover and Location

Data Center Maintenance

  • The Power of DCIM: Effective & Efficient Data Center Infrastructure Management
  • Infrastructure Equipment Assessment and Enhancement
  • Maximizing Uptime
  • Cooling System Maintenance: Optimization and Savings
  • Data Center Power Consumption Reduction
  • Data Center Agility

Lowering PUE

  • Monitoring & Optimizing Power Usage Efficiency
  • Smart Approaches to Free-Cooling in Data Centers
  • The Ongoing Debate of Data Center Ideal Temperature
  • Liquid Cooling; Myth or Reality
  • Limiting Water Usage in Data Center Cooling Systems
  • Standardization of Power Usage Effectiveness

Energy Sourcing

  • Data Center Energy Practices
  • The Road to Carbon Neutral Data Center Facilities
  • Working with Utilities to Ensure Facility & Server Operating Efficiency
  • Making the Right Kind of Agreement with Your Utility
  • Minimizing Energy Usage, Cost and Accelerating Efficiency Gain.
  • Phasing Out Diesel Generators to incorporate more Renewable Energy


  • E-Recycling Best Practices
  • End of Life IT Equipment Management
  • Understandin the Importance of R2 Certified Facilities

Openness VS. Secrecy

  • Best Practices and Design Sharing vs. Protecting the Secrets of Data Technology
  • The Competitive Advantage of keeping Data Center Design and Technology Secret
  • What to keep secret: Location of Data? Usage of Data?
  • Open Source Software: A Good Alternative?
  • Data Center Consolidation: A Collaborative effort between IT Departments and Program Offices

Big Data

  • Big Data Infrastructure
  • New Benchmarks for Hyperscale and Big Data
  • Performance Issues for Hyperscale and Big Data Systems
  • Direct Attached Storage in Huge Amounts
  • Comparing Storage Capacity to Traditional Rack Architecture


  • 1&1
  • A5 Power Solutions
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Digital Realty Trust
  • Hostway
  • Midphase
  • A2Hosting
  • Dotster
  • Hub
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • American Express
  • Dreamhost
  • Inmotion
  • NASA
  • AOL
  • Ebay
  • Intuit
  • Network Solutions
  • Aplus.net/Deluxe
  • Endurance International
  • iPage
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Bank of America
  • Equinix
  • iWeb
  • Savvis
  • Rackspace
  • Data Realty
  • SunGard
  • WellPoint
  • 1&1
  • A2Hosting
  • A5 Power Solutions
  • Adobe Systems
  • Aflac
  • All State
  • Amdocs
  • American Express
  • AOL
  • API Group
  • Argonne National Laboratories
  • Axa
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of America
  • BendBroadband Vault
  • BlueHost
  • Capital One
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • CenturyLink Company
  • Citizens Bank
  • Colo4
  • Constant Hosting
  • CoreSite
  • CSC
  • Data Realty LLC
  • DataBank
  • Dentons
  • Digital Realty Trust
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Dotster
  • Dreamhost
  • Ebay
  • Endurance International
  • Equinix
  • Ericsson
  • Fatcow
  • Froedtert Health
  • GoDaddy
  • Google
  • Granite Block Global Data Center
  • GreenGeeks
  • Hostbasket
  • Hosting.com
  • Hostway
  • Hostway
  • Hub
  • Indiana Data Center
  • Inmotion
  • Intuit
  • iPage
  • iWeb
  • iXwebhosting
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • L.L. Bean
  • Linkedin
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Lunar Pages
  • Mathworks
  • MediaTemple
  • Methodist Hospitals
  • MetLife
  • Midphase
  • MIT
  • MIS Choice
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Namco
  • NASA
  • Network Solutions
  • NetRiver
  • Nintendo
  • Nokia
  • Northern Trust
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Panasonic
  • PayPal
  • Pella Corporation
  • Presence Health
  • Rackspace
  • RealTick LLC
  • Savvis
  • Sears
  • Secure-24
  • ServePath
  • SingleHop
  • Smith & Hammaker
  • Sprint
  • Streamline Health
  • Structure Tone Inc.
  • SunGard Availability Services
  • Symantec
  • Telephone & Data Systems Inc.
  • TelX
  • Terremark
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Thomson Reuters
  • UBI Soft
  • United Health Group
  • Verio
  • VISA
  • WebCentral
  • Wellpoint
  • Xylem
  • Yahoo

Schedule & Venue

Hotel Info

Venue: The Westin North Shore, Chicago, IL


Time Wednesday May 29th 2013 Thursday May 30th 2013 Friday May 31st 2013
7:00am Round-Table Networking Breakfast Round-Table Networking Breakfast
8:00am Keynote Presentation Keynote Presentation
9:00am Presentations Presentations
10:00am Networking Opportunity:
Coffee Break
Networking Opportunity:
Coffee Break
10:30am Presentations Presentations
12:00pm Round-Table Networking Lunch Closing Presentation
1:00pm Presentations
2:00pm Exhibitor Setup Presentations
3:00pm Exhibitor Setup Networking Opportunity: Coffee Break
3:30pm Exhibitor Setup Presentations
5:00pm Exhibitor Setup Cocktail Reception
6:00pm Cocktail Reception/Registration Cocktail Reception
7:00pm Cocktail Reception/Registration New Partnership Networking Dinner
8:00pm Cocktail Reception/Registration New Partnership Networking Dinner
9:00pm Cocktail Reception/Registration New Partnership Networking Dinner

What Our Delegates Have to Say

    • Al Hildreth
    • Global Energy Manager
    • General Motors
    • Brendan Sullivan
    • VP Global Facilities
    • Estee Lauder
    • Matthew Emden
    • Energy Ambassador
    • Principia College