Keynote: State of the Data Center– 2020 Vision

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 1 hour

Data Center World’s annual State of the Data Center report is the industry’s most anticipated overview of the technology advancements, management best practices, and future trends that are shaping the data center industry.

With the move of the Data Center World conference to August 24-27, we’re excited to present a virtual keynote address from report author Bill Kleyman so you can apply the insight to your data center now. In addition to trending information on topics such as cloud computing, edge computing, and data center management, Bill will discuss new issues such as the next-generation workforce, the impact of co-location on operational expenses, and facilities needs for keeping up with workload demands. In addition, we’ll be announcing the winners of our prestigious annual AFCOM awards.

This year’s report offers up some surprising insights that data center professionals can use to more accurately plan their technology purchases and management planning for the coming year. For example, we’ve discovered that:

  • DCIM has evolved into a complete practice, not just a tool
  • Cloud services will not kill the data center
  • There are new ways to rethink how you’ll expand your data center capacity
  • Ransomware is now the number one security concern among data center managers
  • And much more!

Our highly anticipated data center report also includes:

  • Dealing with workforce, hiring, and younger employees
  • Data about facilities management and operations technology
  • Emerging trends

Bill Kleyman, EVP of Digital Solutions for Switch, and the author of the Data Center World State of the Data Center report for the past four years, will give an entertaining and insightful keynote and provide a deeper dive on the report so that attendees get the full scope of our findings. Many of our attendees have told us they use the findings from the report to help them plan for the year.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become one of those gaining a competitive knowledge advantage!

AFCOM Awards

Stick around after the virtual keynote to find out who will take home our prestigious annual AFCOM awards! This year, we’re announcing winners of four categories:

  1. Best AFCOM Chapter
  2. Best AFCOM Chapter Event
  3. AFCOM Volunteer of the Year
  4. AFCOM Service Award.

The people being recognized for these awards represent the best of the data center industry and have contributed their time and effort to help make data center careers fulfilling and rewarding.


Bill Kleyman
EVP of Digital Solutions

Brian Gilooly
Content Director
Data Center World and AFCOM