The fifth annual Critical Facilities Summit brings the best of the mission critical community together for 2-1/2 days of unbeatable networking, education and product discovery. Come face-to-face with thought leaders for an in-depth look at the trends in the design, management and operations of data centers, medical facilities, banks, telecoms and other critical facilities. CFS is the only national event dedicated to designing, operating and staffing mission critical buildings for optimal efficiency and reliability. Discover trends and best practices in the design, construction, engineering and management of data centers, hospitals, universities, labs, pharmaceuticals, financials, telecoms and all mission critical facilities.
Critical Facilities Summit is moving up: both literally and figuratively. After a successful four-year run in Charlotte, it is moving north to Minneapolis, MN. Why Minnesota? The reasons are plentiful. There are 17 Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in the Twin Cities region. The Twin Cities have emerged as a Top Tier2 Data Center marketplace. Combine those with a strong life science (i.e. labs and medical) population and it’s emergence as a Midwest data center region, and quickly became a favorable destination for CFS.
There are six education session tracks:
- Cloud and Colo Trends: With more organizations considering shifting data center load to a colocation facility or to the cloud, construction of new enterprise data centers is down, while colo and cloud providers are adding white space. Understand what it means when an organization decides to go colo or cloud—and why facility managers responsible for in-house data center space still have important roles to play.
- Medical, Labs, and Life Safety: Hospitals and labs face unique obstacles when it comes to code compliance, energy efficiency and end-user satisfaction. Our assortment of healthcare sessions addresses ways to balance myriad demands when it comes to the design and operation of high-performance, energy-efficient facilities in the medical/life safety market.
- Project Spotlight: In-depth, incisive profiles of mission critical facility projects and programs that highlight forward-thinking applications in data centers, hospitals, universities and labs. Spotlights often provide a unique, end-user perspective on how key mission critical challenges are met using innovative strategies and technologies.
- Higher Ed: College campuses are test beds for new theories and philosophies; they can also be laboratories for high density, super computing data center design and operation, requiring a unique approach to funding, management and staffing. This track offers insight into current strategies in a variety of academic college settings.
- Optimizing Uptime: Sessions in this track are geared toward ensuring the ongoing operation of mission critical facilities. Join discussions focused on resilience, business continuity, staff training, airflow and cooling, testing and modeling, and gain insights into DCIM planning for a variety of scenarios.
- The FM-IT Link: Every critical facility failure headline proves the importance of teamwork between FM and IT staffs to ensure a completely networked, fully operational data center. This track encourages discussion among departments to address this new design and planning environment, better understand what the IT community needs from FMs, and explore what the facilities unit needs to know about working in a new integrated community.
The Critical Facilities Summit has a big opening day is featuring these events:
- 1 PM Workshops: Champion the Complexities of a Successful DCIM Implementation; and Commissioning Agents Logbook: Legends of the Fail
- 4 PM – 6 PM Opening Night Network Party: The exhibit hall is the place to be, featuring an exclusive preview of exhibits, an excellent selection of drinks and hot hors d’oeuvres, and high-value networking.
- New at CFS! Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training and certification exam. DCEP Training Class is scheduled for Monday, October 23. Upon successful completion, candidates may officially register and become certified as a Data Center Energy Practitioner. Sign up for the DCEP Generalist training at the Critical Facilities Summit and receive specially priced conference admission and free entry to the Expo Hall.
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