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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 State of Colocation - 2023

Alan Howard  (Principal Analyst, Omdia)

Bill Kleyman  (Board Member,

Jeff Wabik  (Chief Technology Officer, DC BLOX)

Location: Room 9BC

Date: Tuesday, May 9

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

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

Track: Colocation, Hyperscale and Cloud Innovation

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

A data center re-balancing is occurring at a significant scale across the industry. In a persistently connected world, enterprises are reassessing the on-prem vs. cloud vs. colocation question. And based on data from AFCOM and Omdia, colocation is winning many of these assessments.

In AFCOM's “State of the Data Center Survey,” 59% of respondents are experiencing some amount of repatriation from the cloud. This is the third year in a row the AFCOM report has indicated that the majority are seeing repatriation happening. And in Omdia's annual colocation customer survey, it was found that 32% of respondents' workloads were in colocations in 2021. However, that number is expected to grow to 34% in 2023, which is growing faster than movement to the cloud, and is actively taking share from on-premise management.

Join Bill Kleyman of and Program Chair of DCW as he moderates our panelists, Tony Grayson of Compass, Alan Howard of Omdia, and Bill Thomson of DC BLOX to learn why enterprises choose colocation, for what workloads, and advice for best practices to handle the migration.


  • Drivers for moving to colocation
  • Role of sustainability in colocation
  • How colocation can address decentralized data needs
  • Workloads best suited for colocation
  • Best practices for migration