30 May

Knowledge & Networking for Data Center Professionals


This Decisions & Strategy conference from DatacenterDynamics will assess all the factors that need to be considered in order to realise a data centre strategy that meets the enterprise's needs and selects in-house or outsourcing solutions based on business and operational merit.

Enterprises continually need to evaluate their data centre requirements and decide on how best to accommodate growth and the changing way in which the business operates and uses IT. In deciding upon the needs of a data centre strategy managers need to decide whether to build new facility capacity, collocate, move into a hosted environment, or manage a combination of some or all.

Depending on the size of the enterprise, outsourcing is rarely an all or nothing proposition. The challenge for CIOs, CTOs and data centre management is to decide what it makes sense to outsource and what is so strategic that you must keep it in house, and how to optimise the management of owned data centre infrastructure with capabilities that are in the cloud, at a collocation provider, or with a managed services operation.

Ultimately, the optimal solution for an in-house and outsourced data centre services mix is a function of likely utilisation rates of servers required to run applications, the capital cost of hardware and infrastructure, and the mission-critical nature of data storage, processing and dissemination. Any decision to outsource will require an analysis of the contractual obligations offered by third party providers in their service level agreements.

Key topics:

  • Assessing business growth and IT usage and operation needs to inform your data centre strategyAnalysis of the financial and business benefits of outsourcing
  • Capacity planning issues and determining hardware utilisation
  • Service level agreement (SLA) management – challenges and limitations
  • What are the alternatives to owning and running your own data center? How do you strike the right balance?
  • Determining which applications are most suited to an outsourced environment
  • Navigating the regulatory minefield of compliance, cross-border data protection and security legislation
Who should attend?
  • C-level executives (Chief Executive Officer / Chief Information Officer / Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer / Chief Technology Officer)
  • Data Centre Managers and Directors
  • Data Centre Project Managers
  • IT Directors  
  • IT Project Managers

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Viewing presentations after a DatacenterDynamics conference

Registered attendees of an event are able to access the majority of the material presented after an event. We are introducing a new system - PresentationPLAYBACK - which enables you to listen to a full sound recording of the session along with the PowerPoint and any associated movies in a single file.

You will therefore need to have a recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer in order to view them (Google Chrome Users need not worry about this, as it's pre-built-in). Although we now endeavour to record all presentations in this format, occasionally - for technical reasons beyond our control - it is not possible to fully capture all sessions; in such cases you will only be able to view a PDF.

To access PresentationPLAYBACK you must be signed into your account. Click on the MyDCD button on the top navigation panel which will take you to your personal homepage - on the right hand column you will find an area headed 'My Presentations'. Here are listed the conferences you have access to (see access and restrictions below). The links will take you to the programme page of that conference, and by clicking on a session you will be taken to the individual conference asset where you will find the feature. Alternatively you can navigate to the conference site you wish and acess the file directly from there - remember you must be signed in.

DatacenterDynamics Conference sessions with this feature available will display the PresentationPLAYBACK icon:

The player is simple to use. Click on the play button for automatic playback, or advance through the slides.

Access and restrictions

The conference presentations you can view depend on your membership level. Silver members only have access to those from the events they have actually attended, whilst Gold members have access to presentation materials from all our events around the world. Click to here to find out about membership levels and how you can upgrade.