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Omdia Analyst Summit - The AI Data Center - Evolution or Revolution?

Vlad Galabov  (Research Director , Omdia)

Alan Howard  (Principal Analyst, Omdia)

Dominika Koncewicz  (Senior Analyst, Omdia)

Aaron Lewis  (Analyst, Omdia)

Shen Wang  (Principal Analyst, Omdia)

Lisa Huff  (Senior Principal Analyst, Omdia)

Michael Azoff  (Chief Analyst, Omdia)

Roy Illsley  (Chief Analyst, Omdia)

Siraj Aziz  (Analyst, Cloud and Data Center, Omdia)

Maincubes Representative  (Of Maincubes)

Location: Room 206

Date: Monday, April 15

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Session Type: Omdia Analyst Summit

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Analyst insight into the evolving AI software ecosystem

The hot topic in the data center industry is artificial intelligence (AI) but does every data center operator need to invest in the headline-grabbing server clusters and infrastructure needed to train large language models? AI science is evolving fast with a distinct focus on efficiency and accelerated AI training. Data center operators need to find the balance between prematurely overspending on white elephant projects and quickly capturing the end-user demand for AI applications.

Omdia’s Cloud and Data Center Research Practice is back for its third annual Analyst Summit, presenting a third party, vendor-agnostic perspective on industry and technology trend. During the 2024 event expect to see the team’s latest technical observations and market forecasts, and a deep dive into what data center operators should bear in mind as they address the unprecedented demand for AI.

And the winning AI cooling technology is…

A year on from the start of the AI investment super-wave, fueled by the popularization of generative AI, the Omdia analyst team show which AI cooling technology is being deployed at scale and why. The session will feature actual use examples and real data points.

AI Software: disruptor or disrupted?

The AI Software Ecosystem is disrupting the IT industry, and it is itself being disrupted by academic research and development activity focused on making AI more accessible and less compute intensive. We will cover both sides of this complex topic.

AI Computing: is it all about GPUs?

Parallel computing is the name of the game when it comes to AI but does it always require huge investment in GPU-accelerated server clusters? We will answer this and other burning questions including when is in-house ASIC development worth it; and are there low cost alternatives? During our panel discussion we will review the importance of networking and data architecture.

Have we finally built enough data centers?

The data center industry has been in a permanent expansion mode for decades. With AI investment taking center stage is building focus changing to single tenant “AI factories”? In this session we will show the most recent data center building activity and the global top 100. The panel discussion will focus on how AI clusters fit into the data center equation and how AI power requirements are impacting data center location selection. Expect to also learn about the upcoming global hotspots when it comes to data center building activity.

Exclusive Access to Data Center Analysts and New Research

The Omdia Analyst Summit features independent, world-class data center and cloud research shared by industry analysts with decades of technology research experience, providing attendees with data-driven, real-world insight and perspective. Omdia serves and supports organizations' go-to-market strategy and approach, whether it’s to quantify market opportunities or to validate market position.

Who Should Attend

Data center technology solution provider professionals looking to better understand and reach the markets they hope to serve, including:

  • Marketing
  • Product Planning & Development
  • Research & Development
  • Sales
  • All Data Center operators and equipment suppliers looking to navigate disruption and gain the information to make better decisions


Industry behemoths like Intel, Apple and Rolls Royce rely on Omdia for a data-driven, technical perspective to connect the dots and stay ahead of the curve. The Analyst Summit will examine the entire technology stack from software to IT equipment and physical infrastructure. Topics include:

  • AI software development and system requirements
  • AI computing, networking and best practices for feeding AI models
  • AI cooling approaches and how maximize efficiency
  • Data center building and design to enable the AI boom
  • A first look at Omdia’s latest research (before it’s published publicly)
  • The slides presented by the analysts during the event ($2,999 value)
  • Access to the 2023 Omdia “Trends to Watch” report ($2,999 value)
  • A networking happy hour