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Data Center World 2023

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 educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies. Click on session titles for full session descriptions. All times noted are in CST (Austin, Texas time zone).

Data Center World: Hollywood & Data Centers-You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat

Sean Tajkowski  (Technical Director, MEDCA)

Guy Finley  (founder , Mesa)

Tony Grayson  (General Manager, Compass Quantum)

Chrissy Olsen  (Senior Manager - Global Data Center Solutions, Wesco Anixter)

Location: Room 8ABC

Date: Tuesday, May 9

Time: 11:05 am - 11:55 am

Pass Type: Industry Conference, Standard, AFCOM Vendor Member, All Access- Omdia, All Access- Workshop

Track: Emerging IT & Data Center Technologies

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

This is a whole new and exciting topic for the data center community., which involves how Hollywood and data centers have had to come together in order to meet the need of production and the streaming world. There is a huge evolution of advanced connectivity required now for the virtual production stage.

The growth of virtual production is driven by the popularity of VFX-heavy genres, increased competition for consumer media spending, and the impact of the pandemic. As a result, significant advances are occurring within the infrastructure of the traditional production and virtual production stages.

This interesting panel discussion will cover the way overall technology and data center infrastructure is evolving to enable the "Connected Stage," plus the emerging connectivity needed for successful virtual production and how the state-of-the-art interconnectivity for hybrid and multi-cloud resources has advanced to meet the needs for rapid and agile support of time-sensitive workflows, fluid collaboration, and heavy data motion.

Statistics to note: As much as 20% of filming budgets are consumed by visual effects (VFX), and by 2028, the virtual production market alone will grow to $4.73B, per analyst firm Research and Markets.


  • Panel of true infrastructure, data center, and Hollywood stage production experts.
  • Education on how each production stage today needs to be, in essence, a data center.