DCME GOES VIRTUAL Conference Programme

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Day One – Tuesday 6th October

Please note that all timings and sessions are in British Summer Time (BST) and are subject to amendment

09.00    Welcome and opening remarks

Caroline Hitchins, Owner & Founder, DATACENTRE.ME

Mark Smith, Director, RED


09.15 – 9.45 From real estate to connected data centre platform – a platform for digital transformation

Beyond the traditional data centre: find out how intelligent technology solutions – data driven, connected, digital and secure – enable growth and innovation both inside and outside the data centre no matter what the location or scale.

Paul Sinclair, Internetworking Director, Global Data Center Division of NTT Ltd


9.45 – 10.15  European data centre supply shifts in a time of COVID-19

Through Q2, we started to see some real impacts on the data centre industry as a result of COVID-19. Demand is high in the major markets and growing in many secondary locations – as a result of COVID but also as more companies consume cloud services. On the flip side, it has taken a little longer to bring some supply to market, at a time when investor interest in the segment is growing. Join us for an important overview on the dynamics of the leased data centre market.

Penny Madsen-Jones, Director EMEA Data Centre Research, CBRE


10.15 – 11.15  Panel discussion

Investment: data centres are being seen as a safe haven and resistant to the COVID-19 crash, but is the risk profile properly understood, particularly by new investors?  Is there a danger of investing in the wrong data centre?


Mark Acton, Independent Data Centre Consultant, Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional


John Wilson, Director, Data Centre & TMT Financing, SMBC

James Wilman, CEO, Future-tech      

Frank de Frémery, Director, AC Niellsen Data Centers

David King, Head of Cost Planning, Yondr Group     

Romain Le Melinaidre, Infrastructure Investor, InfraVia Capital


11.15 – 11.45 NETWORKING BREAK


11.45 – 12.15  Case study

Data centres as partners in the energy transition

  • Learn more about Master+, a pioneering pilot project by Riello UPS and RWE that enables data centres to rethink the role of their uninterruptible power supplies
  • The innovative concept combines a smart grid-ready UPS, increased battery storage capacity, 24/7 monitoring, and risk-free access to energy trading markets
  • It enables data centres to transform their UPS systems into ‘virtual power plants’ that feed stored electricity back into the grid and help balance the network
  • Operators benefit from enhanced system reliability, expanded battery capacity, and reduced running costs, as well as additional revenue opportunities through frequency response schemes

Dario Hernandez, Product Manager, RWE

Jason Yates, Technical Services Manager, Riello UPS


12.15 – 12.45  Fireside chat

Total Compute as a Service

  • Future-proofing compute requirements for the financial services market (5 year horizon)
  • Performance and capabilities (trading vs non-trading workloads)
  • Co-location to be closest to the markets (latency matters!)
  • Co-location to be connected to Hyper-Scale public cloud providers

Steve Hewson, Global Head of Product & Platform, Fixnetix

William Fenick, Vice President Enterprise, Interxion


12.45 – 13.15  Case study

Sustainable innovation: unboxing of Orange’s Open Innovation Green Lab

  • Why has Orange built an Open Innovation Green Lab?
  • Exploration of the network technologies inside the Lab
  • What are the different power configurations inside the Lab, and which one is most likely to become dominant?
  • Why has Orange opted for a prefabricated / modular data centre design?
  • The benefits of prefabricated data centre design over stick build
  • Prefabricated data centre in Edge and Micro Edge applications – how to maximize the gain?
  • How to standardize on a global level – planning and installation considerations?


Lucijana Kasumovic, Marketing Manager, Vertiv


Dominique Bodéré, ITN Energy Optimization & Eco Efficiency Project Manager, Orange

Luis Lopes, Key Account Director EMEA, Vertiv


13.15 – 14.00    LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK


14.00 – 15.00  Panel discussion

Pre-fabricated modular blocks: The paradigm shift to build a data centre differently?

The ever-changing and fast moving digital universe is driving the necessity to apply new and different building techniques to increase the efficiency of traditional on-site construction. Speed to market, quality and scalability are critical factors for the design and build of data centres for the industry of today and tomorrow. How to satisfy this demand? Is pre-fabricated modular block the solution to tackle this?

Although not a new technology, specialist engineering of modular prefabrication is a disruptive way of approaching the design and build of intelligent data centre facilities.

Could embracing the fully immersive scale-up approach transform the way we design and build the data centre facilities of today and tomorrow? Join the panel to find out.


Mark Acton, Independent Data Centre Consultant, Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional


Paul Henry, Regional Director for Infrastructure and Delivery for EMEA, Google

Ian Francis, Associate Director, Norman Disney & Young

Dan Mace, EVP Bouygues Energies & Services, Bouygues Energies & Services


15.00 – 15.30

 DURATA – Your Power Safe In Our Hands

John McGee, Managing Director, Durata


15.30 – 16.00 NETWORKING BREAK


16.00 – 16.30  presentation

Data Centre power solutions; How to be sure you select the right partner’

Kevin Ashton, Project Sales Manager, WB Power Services 


16.30 – 17.30  Panel discussion

Data centres of the future – blue sky thinking


Ed Ansett, Chairman, i3 Solutions Group

Panellists include

Kevin Burke, Associate, Arup

Ed Vigor-Messenger, Principal Mechanical Consultant, Deerns UK

Nick Vaney, Chief Technical Officer, Red Engineering Design

Andy Humble, Head of Special Projects, Metnor Group

Gordon J HollingsworthExecutive Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)


Day Two – Wednesday 7th October

Education & Training Day

9.00 – 10.00  Panel discussion

Panel Discussion supported by CNet Training

The importance of mitigating human risk within the data centre 


Mark Acton, Independent Data Centre Consultant, Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional


Andrew Stevens, President & CEO, CNet Training

Martin Murphy, COO, CBRE Data Centre Solutions

Vijay Mistry, Partner, VIPA Digital

Kathryn Aves, Managing Director, Bluepoint Technologies


Followed by accredited CPD training sessions and presentations to include:


10.00 – 10.30

Application of SEM-SAFE® high-pressure water mist fire protection systems in data centres

Amin Hadian, Business Development Manager Data Centres, Danfoss 


10.30 – 11.00 NETWORKING BREAK


11.00 – 11.30

Stepping towards AI-Enabled Autonomous Data Centres

Sanjay Kr Sainani, Global SVP & CTO Data Center Business, Huawei


11.30 – 12.30

ABB Asset utilisation of data centre topologies – IEEE accredited CPD

Harry Handlin, Data Centre Solutions Architect, ABB


12.30 – 13.00

Is Digital Twinning, Winning?  Presentation

Louise Hewitt, Business Development Manager EMEA, Future Facilities 




13.45 – 14.45

Challenges in Fire Detection – Data Centres – CIBSE accredited CPD

Adam Pool, Demand Generation Manager for Critical Infrastructure, Xtralis – part of Honeywell


14.45 – 15.45

The Benefits of Modular UPS – CIBSE accredited CPD

Richard Govier, Technical Director, Socomec


15.45 – 16.15 NETWORKING BREAK


16.15 – 17.15

Emerging Power Architecture: Best Practices for Rapid Deployment – CIBSE Accredited CPD

Russell Bulley, Technical Support Manager EMEA, Vertiv

Nicolas Fontes, Global Solutions Sales Director, Vertiv





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