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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: From "Meh" to Mighty: A Data Center Makeover Story

Geoff Hubbard  (Sr. Manager- Data Center Operations, World Wide Technology)

Dondra "Dre" Pitts  (Data Center Engineer, World Wide Technology)

Location: Room 8ABC

Date: Tuesday, May 9

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

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

Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Listen to the story of how WWT took our own 108 cabinet data center, which had originally been scoped as a sandbox and showcase, and turned it into a facility that can host customer lab environments and look good doing so. How did we work together with IT, critical facilities, PMs, vendors, customers, and trades? How did we upgrade and replace UPSs, racks, in-rack PDUs, and overhead power bus rails, as well as add structured cabling? Hear about what worked, what didn't, and what we wish we did differently from a data center operations perspective.


  • Tips for cross-org teamwork for all datacenter stakeholders
  • Documentation and planning needed to keep major systems functional during major facility maintenance windows
  • Avoidance of physical and technical debt during a large refresh project
  • Insight into what worked and what didn't during a live renovation