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Data Center 101 - An Updated Masterclass in Digital Infrastructure Design in the Modern Era (AI Now Included!)

Bill Kleyman  (Program Chair, AFCOM & DCW,

Location: Room 207A

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Time: 11:05 am - 11:55 am

Pass Type: AFCOM Solution Provider, All Access Conference, Industry Conference, Standard Conference - Get your pass now!

Track: Colocation, Hyperscale, & Cloud Innovation

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

From permitting to final rollout, this session will touch on every aspect of bringing digital infrastructure to life. This won't be a typical Data Center 101 session. Instead, participants will be guided through the journey and life of a data center. We're going to "build" a data center together! Bring your thinking caps; this session will include AI updates as well.

If you're new in this industry, this session will cover all technical and business aspects of working with data center architecture. We'll define key terms, review specific data center components, and go into the business of running and operating data center facilities.

This Data Center 101 masterclass will also showcase how leaders in the data center industry are leveraging emerging technologies to build all-new digital infrastructure. It won't be an overly technical session; it's designed for beginners and experienced data center professionals alike.


  • Learn about the data center lifecycle, from start to finish
  • Understand key terms and phrases used in this industry
  • Learn about key challenges to bring up facilities
  • Understand how AI and GPUs will impact infrastructure