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Data Center World 2021

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World 2021 educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies like edge computing, co-location, hyperscale, and predictive analytics – all within a rapidly changing global business climate -- in order to give attendees a leg up on their competitors to become the new trailblazers of the data center.

Case Study: How Public/Private Partnerships Fuel the Development and Expansion of the Network

Ryan Lafler  (Network Solutions Architect, Digital Crossroad)

Location: S330GH

Date: Tuesday, August 17

Time: 8:00am - 9:00am

Pass Type: All Access, Standard - Get your pass now!

Track: Data Center IT Infrastructure & Platforms

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

A case study on how a Chicagoland data center provider built a unique consortium of city and state governments, private investors, carriers, and data center service providers to develop a high-speed network from Ohio to Illinois. The new network is operational and will serve as the backbone of connectivity for local universities, underserved communities, businesses, and more.

Through close collaboration with numerous stakeholders, the Digital Crossroad project in Hammond, IN was able to convert a former coal-fired power plant into a 21st-centry green data center. These partnerships also led to the passing of one of the most competitive data center tax incentives in the nation – a bill that took nearly 13 years to implement.

Speaker Ryan Lafler, a network solutions architect with Digital Crossroad, plans to elaborate on ways to effectively bring relevant stakeholders to the table for future data industry projects. He will be discussing strategies to increase participation, generate interest, and connect with the right groups that can help a project turn from an idea into an economic development reality.