Welcome & Opening Remarks
Steve Hone, CEO and Co-Founder of the DCA
|9:20||Simon Campbell-Whyte Lecture:
Peering through the Fog - the DC from an IoT point of view
John Kennedy, Senior Researcher in the Cloud Services Lab, Intel Labs Europe This talk will explore some of the emerging applications, trends and research in IoT, Fog, Edge and Cloud computing, and consider implications for the evolving data centre
Jon Summers, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
Workshop 1: The reliable evolution of the Data Centre Power Systems
Chair: Paul Johnson, Specification Engineer, ABB
Workshop 2: Cooling
Chair: Simon Rees, Associate professor, University of Leeds
Rejecting or utilising - can data centers be energy assets?
Workshop 3: Why aren't we learning from Data Centre Failures?
Chair: Simon Allen, UKDCIG
DCIRN - A global initiative to share information on Data Centre failures with Case Studies and Research from Johnson Controls
The airline industry has an enviable record of continuously improving flight safety by industry-wide sharing of accident and potential accident information. However, the same is not the case in the Data Centre industry where it is common practice to cover up failures or potential disasters in a misguided attempt to protect reputations.
Root cause investigation findings are normally secret and bound by NDA which has resulted in The Data Centre industry being at a disadvantage in learning from failures.
Data Centres now support every aspect of the digital economy and, as we become more reliant on them, it’s only a matter of time before a Data Centre failure will be associated with human fatalities.
We need to act now - there’s no reason why this archaic secrecy should prevail – this workshop will explore how this can be achieved and will look at the DCIRN initiative – Data Centre Incident Reporting Network
What is required of future datacenters? - How to turn ideas in to innovations
Tor Bjorn Minde, Head of Research Strategy at Ericsson/SICS North Sweden The use of 5G, IoT, machine learning and automation leads to a future internet that will consist of a distributed network of mega to pico datacenters. Centrally mega datacenter with a huge energy demand close to power production. In society centra mid-size datacenters and spread out in the network small size edge "datacenters". It will lead to diversification of requirements on design and operation. The requirements on sustainability, utility interaction and renewables will increase. Increased efficiency in further complex IT and facility operation requiring AI support will be demanded as well. How do you test components that will be a part of it? A large-scale test facility is our proposal.
|13:15||Afternoon Presentation A:
The Datacentre of the Future... Today
Rolf Brink, Founder and CEO of Asperitas
Developments in direct adiabatic cooling. Alan Beresford, MD discusses the latest developments at EcoCooling including some of our latest projects in the Nordics that are relying on just free cooling to achieve temperature compliance.
Alan Beresford, Managing Director
Presentation by Schneider Electric
The Future of Data Centre Transformation
Jon Healy, Associate Director
The Human Risk Factor … Mitigating Risk, Tapping into Potential. The Importance of Both Competency and Confidence in Mission Critical Environments
Terri Simpkin, Higher & Further Education Principal
Introduction to Asperitas Technology
Why the Data Centre Load Bank Took 25 Year to Build
Paul Smethurst, CEO
Presentation by Server Technology
James Giblette, Regional Sales Manager
Data Centre Cooling and Optimisation - the Changing Landscape
Simon Brady, Head of Data Centre Optimisation, EMEA
The Challenge of Fire Suppression System Noise Within Data Centres
Steve Simms, Senior Sales Manager UK&I
Global Indirect Evaporative Cooling Solutions for Modular to Hyperscale Facilities
Simon Young, DC Regional Sales Manager EMEA
How Does 'Your' UPS Tell You it’s Going to Fail?
Phil Hardy, Business Development
Understanding EU ETS: a brief guide
Andrew Park, Director
Data Centre Alliance
What Should a Trade Association Do For You?
Steve Hone, CEO and Co-Founder
Enabling the Data Centre to Adopt Liquid Cooling
Peter Hopton, Founder
Presentation by Riello UPS
Scott Fleming, Business Development Manager
Workshop 4: IT Energy & Availability
Chair: Prof. Ian Bitterlin, Principal Consultant, Critical Facilities Consulting Ltd
Additional Speaker: Jon Summers, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
How should the critical load of a data centre be assessed as an efficient component? The workshop will concentrate on the ubiquitous rack-mounted server in a data centre. Briefly looking at the IT performance using tools/data such as Spec_Power we will then consider the sever as a 'black-box', consuming electrical energy and emitting waste heat. The central thrust of the workshop will be in three parts; minimising the load in the first place, decreasing the energy overhead in the data centre and minimising the environmental impact of the server. Topics will include virtualisation, refresh-rates, redundancy in power systems, delta-T, air quality and thermal management versus risks, air-flow control and the opportunities for the re-use of waste heat. The workshop will end with an interactive design exercise based upon the audience creating an SLA model.
Workshop 5: Driving Digital Infrastructure by Bridging the Workforce Capability Crisis
Chair: Steve Bowes-Phipps, Senior DC Consultant, PTS Consulting
Are we filling the gaps the industry needs? What needs to be done? The sector seems to agree that there is a current and worsening dearth of skills and experience in the Data Centre Sector, which is limiting its growth and putting UK digital powerhouse at risk. Organisations are reporting more and more that the right people with the right skills are very difficult to recruit and with Brexit potentially limiting our ability to look further afield for those resources, the challenge is one that will need to be addressed at home, now. Join our panellists in looking at the latest thinking behind what deters more people from choosing the Data Centre sector as a 1st career choice and what we can all do to narrow the capability gap.
Workshop 6: UPS Power Management
Chair: Mark Acton, Critical Services Director, CBRE DC Solutions
Additional Speaker: Riccardo Delgi Effetti, Head of DC Operations, Sky
UPS System types and modes of operation, benefits and considerations
This session will highlight the differences and merits of On-Line systems, Line Interactive systems and Off-Line / Standby systems for particular applications, stressing the benefits or weaknesses of each type plus a discussion on the ways that power autonomy can be achieved.
The session is aimed at highlighting the choices available to those that are looking to protect the supply of power to business critical systems in data centres, present the criteria for decision making and allow more informed operating or purchasing decisions.
Current NSF-ES2 Research – Is the data center industry too conservative to change?
Mark Seymour, Director of Future Facilities The data centre industry is regarded as a fast-moving industry, and indeed this has been the case because of the rapid development of IT and the massive take up of the internet with huge adoption by individuals but importantly it has resulted in businesses becoming critically dependent on IT. This dependence however, results in inertia where the business focusses on certainty of service rather than efficiency/minimum cost of delivery. Initiatives such as the National Science Foundation Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) collaborative research project between academia and industry provides an exciting opportunity for industry to be involved with and further many new opportunities and technologies for data centres. This presentation will give an overview of the research that might enable your organisation to move its operations forward more quickly with confidence to get buy-in from the business.
Jon Summers, Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
*All times, speakers and presentations titles are subject to change.