Data center resiliency, disaster recovery and business continuity planning will get expanded coverage at the DCD>Colo+Cloud in Dallas as a response to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on nearby Houston. DCD Colo + Cloud is scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel in Dallas. The event, part of the Datacenter Dynamics conference series, will bring together senior business, operations and technology professionals from the world’s major colocation, cloud, telecoms and other data center and managed service providers to discuss the future of this rapidly growing data center sector.
Business continuity and disaster recovery are well understood disciplines in the design, build, and operation of data centers but, thankfully, only rarely are they subjected to the ultimate test – a massive-scale flooding disaster delivered by the likes of Harvey and previous storms including Katrina and Sandy. Flooding and wind damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria only underscore the need for attention to data center resiliency in new scenarios.
“Is this the major weather event that tells us whether new, software-defined cloud technologies passed their first real test?” asks DCD conference chair Bruce Taylor. “Did we get to see whether new cloud functionality, such as Resiliency-as-a-Service, Business Continuity-as-a-Service and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service were called upon?”
In a newly expanded resiliency keynote roundtable, including SoftLayer’s COO, Francisco Romero and Equinix’ Technology Innovation chief Ron Batra, conference delegates will hear from and exchange views with T5 Data Centers COO Aaron Wagenheim, Digital Realty CTO Chris Sharp, CyrusOne, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer Jonathan Schildkraut, DCD CTO Stephen Worn and Uptime Institute Executive Director Pitt Turner.
The opening plenary by Francisco Romero of IBM SoftLayer will focus on the “Software-Defined Digital Factory of the Future,” followed by plenary panels featuring executives from T5 Data Centers, RagingWire Data Centers, Cleareon Fiber and Newby Ventures.
DCD’s delegate registration model means qualified, end-user delegates will participate at no registration fee.