DatacenterDynamics Converged Chicago examines the unique opportunities that the Midwest region offers, and provides you with the tools and strategies to succeed in a world-class data center market.

Datacenter Dynamics Converged Chicago examines the unique opportunities that the Midwest region offers, and provides you with the tools and strategies to succeed in a world-class data center market.

Chicago deserves its reputation as a major player in the data center industry, given the maturity of the region’s market and its robust fiber optic capacity.  The Midwest is poised for a resurgence of data center growth as enterprises expand, big data explodes, regional data center space supply tightens, and operators continue to seek alternatives to coastal locations for disaster recovery and business continuity.

The region is uniquely positioned to capture the new business for a number of reasons.  For the financial services industry, Chicago has the best trading, clearing, and telecommunications infrastructure outside of New York City.  A business-friendly approach to incentives, its central location, relatively low cost of power, and a higher use of renewable energy resources as compared with other regions in the U.S. makes the region a sound choice.  But despite challenges such as a climate with broad swings in temperature, an abundance of older facilities, and the occasional hurricane, the region’s positives outweigh the negatives.

We’re delighted to be back in Chicago again this year.  We’re planning two halls featuring sessions on such key topics as developing an effective disaster recovery plan, the latest green technology innovations, new metrics and benchmarking, predictive DCIM, effective cloud implementation, the pros and cons of modular data centers, adopting an effective virtualization strategy, and everything you need to know about software defined networking.  We’ll feature great keynote speakers, dynamic panel discussions, and in-depth case studies showcasing end users who will share important lessons from their experiences.  DCD Converged Chicago is THE data center industry event that you can’t afford to miss.  We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

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Key topics:

Design, Build, Operate
From site selection and engineering design through to power availability and full data center automation

Outsourcing Decisions
From collocation to Platform-as-a-Service, from Software-as-a-Service, to building your data center capacity in the cloud

IT Optimization
Insight on how IT needs drive data center strategy and how that impacts infrastructure requirements

Who should attend?

Datacenter Dynamics Converged Chicago is the most important gathering of data center industry leaders in the Midwest, bringing together:


End users and operators of the world’s largest data centers

C-level executives driving strategic direction of data center policy and investment

Key influencers on tactical decisions: operations, networks, IT applications, facilities, engineering, finance, and real estate


Converged Chicago is an event you won’t want to miss!  You’ll hear from thought leaders on industry-changing strategy, explore the extensive exhibition floor to discover the latest disruptive innovations, and exchange ideas and experiences as you network with your peers from industries such as:

  • Information and communications technologies
  • Telecoms
  • The public sector
  • Education and research
  • Healthcare
  • Professional services
  • Media
  • Construction
  • Transport and logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy and utilities
  • Retail
  • Travel and hospitality

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