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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: The Data Storage Trifecta: Capacity, TCO, Sustainability

Ravi Pendekanti  (SVP Product Management and Marketing, HDD BU, Western Digital)

Ali Zafar  (Vice President of Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure, Dropbox)

Location: Room 5ABC

Date: Tuesday, May 9

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

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

For the largest hyperscale, CSPs and enterprise customers, scaling efficiently and cost effectively to meet unstoppable data growth in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally friendly is paramount to their success. Storage capacity is king, and total cost of ownership (TCO) influences almost every decision they make, as achieving the lowest possible TCO is money saved to drive revenue and fuel additional services.

In this joint case study session, Western Digital and Dropbox will team up to discuss real-world strategies and solutions to help data centers increase overall storage density, reduce their physical footprint, reduce power usage, and provide significant cost savings — all without sacrificing performance or reliability. With online tools and services more important than ever before, Dropbox will share how it pioneered high-density cloud services, and how it continues its strategic path, taking advantage of the latest technologies with the lowest TCO without sacrificing data durability and availability for its 600 million+ online customers.


  • Learn key factors and takeaways for lowering TCO and achieving sustainability targets
  • Why moving to the highest capacity storage solutions matter.
  • What is shingle magnetic recording, and why is Dropbox, or anyone, using it?