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2023 Conference Highlights

We all know it’s important to keep up with the day-to-day management of the data center, but it’s also critical to stay informed about what lies over the horizon that might seriously impact your data center’s performance. To stay ahead, data center professionals must be prepared to manage people, processes, and technologies in new and innovative ways. 

Data Center World delivers emerging concepts, sound advice and best practices to address today's urgent challenges and help data center leaders stay at the forefront of the industry. 

  • Solution Providers – Data Center World features the most innovative solutions for data center management. This year’s expo hall showcased advanced technologies directly impacting data center solutions and demonstrated real-world use cases. 
  • Data Centers Up Close & Personal – We hosted site tours of two leading colocation centers in the Austin metro area.
  • Careers, Networking, & Development  Attendees heard from the future of the data center industry. Plus new sessions, workshops, and even internship opportunities were available.
  • Omdia Analyst Summit – Back for its second annual Analyst Summit, expert data center and cloud analysts presented a third party, vendor-agnostic perspective on industry and technology trends.
  • Rack and Stack Challenge –  Are tangled cables your worst nightmare? Do you despise wasted rack space? Do you take pride in the speed in which you can stack a rack? Well this competition is for you! Attendees competed in a bracket style championship to determine who was the best and fastest Racker and Stacker!
  • Women in the Data Center Workshop – A workshop designed to advance careers & build networks for women in the data center industry. Interactive discussions focused on topics like skills based mapping, presenting a holistic self, and emerging technologies & careers in the data center. 
  • Innovation Startup Challenge – Our third annual startup competition pitted data center technology startups against each other as judges determined the companies with the best opportunity for success. 
  • Data Center BUILD – New 2-day summit that brought together data center operators, designers, and builders, guiding these professionals through the complexities of a data center build. With demand nearly outpacing supply, understanding predictability, speed, and best practices in new data center construction are a must. 

  • Data Center Awards – NEW at the 2023 event, we recognized and celebrated exceptional leaders in the Data Center Community including the Data Center Manager of the Year Award the Data Center World Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.  

  • PowerUp Program – Data Center World supports both the next generation of data center professionals as well as the next group of data center innovators. Through our PowerUp program, we invited local high school and university students to learn more about what it’s like to work in a data center, the skills and education needed to be successful and career paths to consider. We also enabled them to tour the show floor to learn about exhibitor solutions.  
  • Data Center Startup Challenge – Our third annual startup competition pitted data center technology startups against each other as judges determined the companies with the best opportunity for success. 

Engaging Conference Tracks

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World educational programming focuses on addressing challenges like staffing & supply chain issues, cooling high density compute, finding alternative energy sources, and adoption of automation in the data center.  

Data Centers – Up close and personal

Attendees had a unique opportunity to tour a super computing data center with CoolIT technology in use and see a working microgrid implementation by Enchanted Rock in the Austin metro area! This insider’s tour gave attendees VIP access to the leading best practices and innovations taking place in the industry. After the tours, the group gathered at Zilker Beer, a local brewery, where they enjoyed the local brew and networking opportunities. 


Sustainability Initiatives

The hot topic in the data center industry is sustainability but we rarely find ourselves on the same page when discussing activities and priorities. During the 2023 event, experts took a deep dive into sustainability practices. The discussion went beyond from-the-grid access to renewable energy and efficient equipment, delving into new technologies and services that can be exploited by data center operators who want to decrease their carbon footprint. 


An increased focus on careers, networking, and development

At the 2023 conference, we had the privilege of hearing from the rising stars in the data center industry. With fresh sessions, interactive workshops, and enticing internship prospects, we delved into the essentials and strategies for attracting top talent to the data center arena. What's even more exciting is our collaboration with educational institutions, setting the stage for real impact. Discover the latest educational programs, learn how industry professionals can contribute, and explore where to find a pool of young, talented individuals ready to bolster your data center teams!

Omdia Analyst Summit

Omdia’s Cloud and Data Center Research Practice was back for its second annual Analyst Summit, presenting a third party, vendor-agnostic perspective on industry and technology trends. This opportunity allowed attendees to network with the Omdia team of industry veterans turned analysts over lunch and see unique data points come to life in a discussion of the trends disrupting the data center industry. 

Unparalleled Event Experiences

The 2023 Data Center World event was a resounding success, offering insights into data center trends and exciting new challenges facing the industry. Attendees enjoyed networking events such as the Women in the Data Center Reception and the unforgettable Data Center World Conference Party. The Rack and Stack Challenge showcased its competitor's impressive skills and the Innovation Startup Competition and Data Center Site Tours were two more incredible highlights. This event was a unique opportunity to engage with the data center community and stay at the forefront of industry developments.


Leading Solutions Providers

Data Center World 2023 featured 100+ speakers, 70+ sessions, and 200+ solution providers to supply the most up-to-the-minute industry education and networking for technology professionals dealing with a rapidly changing landscape. 

Data Center World's Expo Hall is the only place to find key data center technology providers displaying their solutions in one location. Network with top industry solution providers and uncover all the latest technologies, products and services your company needs. 

Attend Data Center World 2024

Join us as we head to Washington, D.C.!

April 15 - 18, 2024 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The Data Center industry is at an inflection point. Demand is multiplying while supply is constricting. The workforce is turning over and how we get things done is evolving. Sustainability and political unrest are of greater consideration than they have ever been.

Enter Data Center World 2024: The only global industry event that combines real world, practitioner and thought leader expertise with in-depth research and data, and access to a full spectrum of solution providers driving the data center and digital infrastructure industry forward.