DCME VIRTUAL Conference Programme

DCME VIRTUAL International Conference & Exhibition

Spring 2021

In Association with Birmingham City University

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The live day of this event was Wednesday 28th April 2021.  All conference & exhibition content remains available to all registered attendees until 23:59 BST on 28th May 2021.

CPD training sessions and other educational content is listed further down this page.

We hope you find all of this content useful.

Thank you for joining us!

Welcome & Opening Remarks 

Caroline Hitchins, Owner & Founder, DATACENTRE.ME

Caroline welcomes attendees to DCME VIRTUAL Spring 2021 Conference & Exhibition and provides an overview of the virtual environment – this plays automatically in the lobby upon entering the virtual environment.


Keynote Fireside Chat

Data centres of the future – insight from sustainable technology experts

Mark Monroe, Principal Infrastructure Engineer, Datacenter Advanced Development, Microsoft
Pasha Ponomarev, Sustainability Strategy Senior Principal, Accenture
James Rix, Associate Director & Hyperscale Campus Lead, Arcadis


Panel discussion

Sustainability – how can the data centre industry be a part of the circular economy?

James Rix, Associate Director & Hyperscale Campus Lead, Arcadis
Frank de Frémery, Director, AC Niellsen Data Centers
Emma Gains,
Sustainable Development Lead, Arup
Iain MacDougall, Head of Sustainability Solutions & Climate Change, RED

  • Does sustainability only apply to new DCs? How can existing or legacy DCs be brought up to a good sustainability level?
  • How has the circular economy affected your business? Should it? Are we still at create, use and waste OR have we moved on? How can this be moved forward?
  • How is climate change different to sustainability? How should we measure our impact?


Case study

Leading the way for sustainability in the colo market

Vertiv & Green Mountain
Victor Elm, Key Accounts Sales Manager, Vertiv
Alexander de Flon Rønning, Design and Product Manager, Green Mountain

Leading the way for sustainability in the colo market Green Mountain take pride in operating the greenest data centres in the world. So when they needed to extend their data centre uniquely built deep into a Norwegian mountain, and select power and thermal management systems to meet strict efficiency targets, Vertiv stepped up to the challenge. Leading the install during the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with deploying within a challenging site due to the surroundings, was no easy feat. Hear about the project from the front-line team, Victor Elm, Key Accounts Manager at Vertiv, and Alexander de Flon Rønning, Green Mountain’s Design and Product Manager, and learn why Green Mountain is bound to meeting high efficiency and sustainability standards on their mission to disrupt the colo market. 


Panel discussion

Responsible procurement throughout the data centre supply chain how are priorities evolving?

Stephen Bowes-Phipps, Senior Digital Infrastructure Consultant & Board Advisor to the Data Centre Alliance, PTS Consulting
Marynet Bassily, Director, Supply Chain & Procurement, Vantage Data Centers
Chris Mosley, Operations Director – Data Centres, Bouygues Energies & Services
Eddie Miles, CEO, The Hyphen Group 

  • What does responsible procurement look like? What are the priorities? What does the supply chain need to be planning ahead for?
  • How have the pandemic and Brexit affected the supply chain and what business and operational adaptations have been necessary?
  • What commitments are being extracted from suppliers to guarantee you can procure what you need when you need it?
  • Is it possible to commit to genuine sustainable procurement and long-term CSR goals within the constraints of today’s very tight deadlines?


Panel discussion 

Nurturing the data centre innovation cycle

Mark Acton, Independent Data Centre Consultant, Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional
David Hall, Senior Director Technology Innovation, Equinix
Sanjay Kumar Sainani, Senior Vice-President & CTO. Global Data Center Business, Huawei
Michael Gooding, Manager of Web Performance Architects, Akamai
Martin Murphy,
Chief Operating Officer – Data Centre Solutions, CBRE

Demystifying edge – what are the real drivers for increased edge capacity, what are the timescales, and how will it impact DC innovation and investment?
Spotlight on process technology and IT refresh cycles – what will the service / IT layer demand from the DC of the near and not so distant future?


Panel discussion

Investment – examining the drivers of new DC business models and locations

Tom Glover, Senior Director – EMEA Head of Data Centre Transactions, Jones Lang LaSalle
Matt Pullen, EVP, Managing Director Europe, CyrusOne                 
Bill Fenick,
Vice President, Enterprise, Digital Realty                   
Mark Chester,
Partner, Eversheds Sutherland


Thought Leadership Session by Huawei's Senior VP & CTO

Is Lithium-ion the new go to battery for Data Centres operators?

Sanjay Kumar Sainani, Senior Vice-President & CTO. Global Data Center Business, Huawei

How the Lithium Ion Battery is changing the Energy Storage back-up landscape in Data Centres


Panel discussion

Do we have the optimum SLAs and KPIs? How can they be used to address people/skills issues?

Paul Hood, Managing Director of Operations, EMEA, Yondr Group
Mark Smith, Managing Director – EMEA, RED
Theresa O’Brien,
Global Talent Resourcing Leader – Data Centre Solutions, CBRE
Rebecca Best, Director of Cost Management, Hi-Tech & Manufacturing, Turner & Townsend

As the Data Centre market continues to grow exponentially with no signs of slowing down, we are all faced with trying to source the correct people with the correct skills to undertake diverse roles across the total life cycle of the asset. We are all fishing from the same small pond of talent that is being emptied quicker than it is being filled, so how can we change our approach in design, delivery and operations to cater for people with different levels of skills to support the ever-increasing demand?


All on-demand content to include CPD training sessions, case studies & other educational sessions will remain available until 23:59 BST on 28th May 2021.  We very much hope that you find all of this content useful in order to update or maintain your professional development.

Vertiv LogoHow To Earn Revenue From Your UPS System For Grid Service

by Vertiv

The power generation industry is undergoing a dramatic change as renewable sources, distributed generation, decarbonization and demand increases are transforming traditional energy management. Data centers can participate in this transformation, leveraging UPS and battery assets to support a variety of grid-balancing services that yield new revenue streams and cost savings. Vertiv has developed technology and services that now enable UPS owners to generate revenues from providing balancing services to the grid without compromising IT resiliency.
Russell Bulley, Technical Support Manager, Vertiv


EA-RS Danfoss ogoBenefits of involving a water mist specialist from the early design stage of your data centre

by EA-RS & Danfoss

Key topics: The benefits of high-pressure water mist for fire safety in a critical infrastructure environment.
The advantages of working with a fire engineering specialist capable of providing an end-to-end solution, from installation through to service and maintenance in order to keep your data centre safe and operational.
Lewis Oxley, Sales & Business Development Manager, Data Centre Fire Safety Specialist, Danfoss Fire Safety
Deane Sales,
Group National Sales Manager, EA-RS Fire Engineering



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Challenges in Fire Detection (Data Centres) CIBSE accredited CPD

by Xtralis

Adam Pool, Regional Sales Manager, Xtralis


Sponsor logos 500 x 250 2020 (42)Controls for smarter, darker Data Centres

by Trend

With recent challenges of effectively staffing data centres during a global pandemic, many wary data centre managers are beginning to see the need of remote monitoring and controls, to support their critical infrastructure. This CPD looks at how building management systems can be deployed and the considerations that need to be made to support these solutions effectively.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how controls and automation can address growing needs of smarter Data Centre solutions
  • To have an awareness of machine learning technologies which address needs of remote maintenance
  • To have an awareness of considerations when designing smart Data Centre solutions

Jonny Feaver, Senior Design Partner – Data Centres, Trend


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Power Monitoring in Your Data Centre – Residual Current Monitoring (RCM)

by Socomec

Richard Govier, Technical Director, Socomec


Data Centre Cooling Solutions

by FläktGroup

Mike Hayes, Applications Specialist, FläktGroup


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WB Power Systems on-demand CIBSE approved CPD webinar

by WB Power Services

Standby Generation Selection: Definition of Site Parameter, Set Duty, Performance Classes and Types of Load
Geoff Halliday, Project Sales Director, WB Power Services


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Upper-room Germicidal UV to control airborne diseases

by Signify

Richard L. Vincent MS, BS Arch, FIES, LEED AP, Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Medicine, Brickner Research Unit: Community Medicine and TB/UV Studies on behalf of Signify


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Huawei introduce Lithium battery technology used in data centres and ways of increasing Lithium-ion solution reliabilities

by Huawei


Tim Smith, Director Data Centre Business (UK) Huawei


Please note that all timings are in British Summer Time (BST) and all timings and content are subject to amendment so please ensure you bookmark this page for updates

All of the scheduled conference content will become available on-demand from 9am on Thursday 29th April and for a further period of 29 days so, if you miss anything, you will be able to log back in at your leisure at any time until 28th May 2021.

The CPD training and other educational content listed above will be available on-demand within the virtual environment from 8am on 28th April – 28th May 2021.

All on-demand content to include CPD training sessions, case studies & other educational sessions will remain available for 30 days post-event so that takes us up to on or around 28th May 2021.

We very much hope that you find all of this content useful in order to update or maintain your professional development.  If you have any questions for any of the presenters you can ask them your questions on their virtual exhibition booth within the virtual exhibition hall or you can contact us via the contact us page and we will be sure to pass your enquiry on.

Thank you for joining us!



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