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Workshop: Colocation Bootcamp: User's Guide to Colo Essentials, Trends, and Planning

Kirk Killian  (President, Partners National Mission Critical Facilities)

Hector Diaz  (Director for Data Center & Strategy, Johnson & Johnson)

David McCall  (VP of Innovation, QTS Data Centers)

Location: Room 202A

Date: Monday, April 15

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Conference - Get your pass now!

Session Type: Workshop

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

For enterprise users evaluating data center deployment platforms, colocation has become an essential option for consideration, flexibly merging the control features of on-premises/self-operated data centers with the economy and reliability of hyperscale modern construction. Industry experts will present the basic fundamentals of colocation (who, what, when, where, why, and how much), including the design elements and facility management practices ensuring data center reliability, planning user needs, budgeting, selecting and procuring colo space, and reporting on project progress to senior management.

The session will also dive deep into current "hot topics" affecting the data center industry, including hybrid cloud + colo deployment, network and connectivity strategies, preparing for AI applications, environmental efficiency and sustainability, audit and compliance, and future-proofing the colo contract to meet evolving needs. Improving colocation contract flexibility, negotiation and colo-partnering strategies, international colo deployment, supply-chain issues affecting availability, and cutting-edge design trends will also be discussed. Several case studies will be summarized, and ample time will be allowed for Q&A with session attendees.


1. Attendees will understand the fundamentals of colocation data center design, construction, operations, delivery, and costs.

2. Attendees will understand the internal enterprise-user planning and scoping process, and how to prepare for a colocation selection and procurement project.

3. Attendees will learn about the differences among types of colocation providers and facilities, available colo locations, metrics and KPI's, and the costs and benefits of colocation relative to on-premises and public cloud deployments under various enterprise use cases.

4. Attendees will learn how to communicate project objectives, challenges, and successes to senior IT management, obtaining proper budget approvals plus professional credit for a job well done.