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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).

IT / OT Convergence - Challenges of Merging Two Worlds

Ryan Gruver  (IT Director, Banner Health)

Location: Room 5ABC

Date: Tuesday, May 9

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

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

Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

For many years, the worlds of IT and OT (Operational Technology) were strangers to one another. OT networks have been traditionally separated, or even air-gapped, from the IT networks. However, in recent years with the rise of IoT in it's various forms (IIoT, IoMT, etc...), these networks of devices have started to merge. While the merger of these technologies have enabled business to do more, it has also created challenges that many have failed to address.

***REVIEWER NOTE: This not a Case Study session, but I will use information I have gathered in my own dealings with IT / OT.***


- What is IT / OT / IoT?
- Specific examples of OT in data centers
- Challenges created by OT in data centers
- What data center managers need to so to secure / manage OT.