Partnership between DatacenterDynamics and CeBIT creates world’s largest cross-stack data center event for sourcing new technology.
One year on, the joint venture formed between DCD and CeBIT to produce the world’s largest data center conference and exhibition within Hall 12 at CeBIT in Hannover, is preparing for its second annual event on 14-18th March 2016.
With 12,000sq.m dedicated to data center technology and services, Hall 12 will house two large open stages and host a high-level “free-to-attend” three-day conference programme. Featuring a mix of regional and international expert speakers that will be sharing the latest ideas on data center design, operation, strategy and procurement, the programme will cover SDN, hyper-convergence, open-source architecture, NFV, web-scale, and other disruptive technologies.
“As IoT, Smart Cities, Big Data and Cloud drive the IT industry into new unchartered waters our job is to create an event that helps IT professionals make the right infrastructure decisions to support all of this,” says George Rockett, CEO, DatacenterDynamics. “The data center is the mission critical infrastructure that underpins all these new platforms, and whilst these platforms are getting easier to provision and manage, the infrastructure layer is getting more complex. The whole data center eco-system – everything North and South of the rack – will be represented in Hall 12 this year.”
Brand new for 2016 is the StackingIT stage which is a new event platform that throws together IT professionals responsible for the network fabric, the rack infrastructure and the critical environment to learn how they can create more intelligent and free-flowing IT infrastructure that takes the industry closer to the promise of software-defined data centers.
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“From network fabric to the server and storage racks to the critical environment, a disruptive data center transformation is going viral that challenges an unnecessarily over-complicated and proprietary world we have helped construct,” said Cole Crawford, formerly the founding Director of the Open Compute Project and now CEO of a fully “open” technology data center start-up. “Open-sourcing the full-stack of the data center and cloud is now ready to move out from engineering R&D to a more market oriented approach. StackingIT provides a much needed forum for the data center buy-side to properly evaluate their open-source roadmaps against the The StackingIT stage speaker line-up includes some significant adopters of open-source such as the largest European ecommerce platform Zalando, where Jan Loffler, the company’s Head of Platform Engineering, will demonstrate how they have built their in-house platform using open-source technologies, enabling them to stay agile and ahead of the competition.
“CeBIT has transformed over recent years to become the global Event for Digital Business” says Oliver Frese, member of the board of CeBIT - organiser Deutsche Messe AG. “It is by working with companies such as DatacenterDynamics that we can continue to provide IT professionals with the best knowledge and networking opportunities here at CeBIT.”
“Based on this year’s performance many of the big name technology brands have already made significant commitments to exhibit at next year’s event,” says Dan Scarbrough, Founder and Head of Client Engagement at DCD. “In 2016 we will be bringing more technology providers from the IT stack to include major players from the server, storage and networking worlds, as responsibility for hardware purchasing and implementation shifts to a more centralised data center operations function. This trend is being accelerated by new open-source initiatives within the industry.”
View DCD@CeBIT 2015 highlights here.