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Data Center World 2022

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 2022 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. Click on session titles for full session descriptions. All times noted are in CST (Austin, Texas time zone).

From Design to Build to Operate – Handing over the data center baton

Lee Smith  (Specialist Consultant: Data Center Operations, DataCenterDNA LLC)

Location: 10AB

Date: Tuesday, March 29

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Pass type: All Access, Industry Conference, Standard - Get your pass now!

Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

The process flow from the design phase of a data center to the site finally going "Really-Really-Live" is like an athletic relay race. There are a number of phases or stages. Each of these has checkpoints, milestones, issues, problems - you name it. As a phase is completed the baton is handed over. But, flawlessly handing over the baton requires many different checks, balances, activities, steps, synchronization. There's a "before", "during" and "after". Fumble or drop the baton and more must be done to stay in the race, let alone completing or even winning it. Funny thing is, during a relay, we all look at the runners; hardly ever the baton. Lee Smith, in his usual straight talking, undiplomatic self, will discuss the runners, baton, support team, spectators, referees, the process. He'll give his view on where this relay race is at risk and who the actual customer is when a data center is being readied for final handover and operations. So, take a seat and come listen. It promises to be an entertaining session.


- The roles and responsibilities of each phase is critical to reaching the final step, over the winning line
- There's a giver, a taker, a baton and synchronicity
- There might be more than one client or recipient of the data center. Who you usually think the client is; that's not the client
- Four runners; one baton. No fumbles --> do the math