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Global as-a-Service community converges on Chicago this fall

Event to chart the future of the outsourced data center infrastructure services sector

DatacenterDynamics is launching a new two-day conference specifically to serve all stakeholders in the explosive-growth ecosystem for outsourced IT, data center and cloud infrastructure services. At the Chicago Hilton, October 27, 28, the DCD As-A-Service conference will bring together some the industry’s best minds to consider the future course of this fast-evolving sector.

“We’re in a period of ferocious change with no end in sight,” says George Rockett, DCD CEO and co-founder, “Our own just-published forecasts indicate enterprise spending on outsourcing of hosting, co-location and cloud services is on track to double to $57B by 2020. While there are a number of major drivers for this, the upshot is that in-house provision of IT capacity is coming increasingly scrutinized and challenged as organizations seek to meet business growth demands, both technologically and economically.”

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The event will bring together 1500+ senior business, operations and technology professionals from the world’s major colocation, cloud, telecoms and other data center and managed service providers to discuss the future of this rapidly growing data center sector. The two-day conference program will run separate tracks on infrastructure deployment strategies, design, and operational efficiency as well as on platform interoperability, investment, and demand-side dynamics. Running alongside the conference are interactive workshops and a series of CxO roundtables.

“This event will become the de-facto platform where key stakeholders of an increasingly globalized sector come to discuss how they can co-operate and develop even more competitive infrastructure and services to enable the digital enterprise,” says Rockett.

The program already has an international line-up of key industry players confirmed to participate:

  • Giles Proctor,
VP Data Centre Services - Pacnet
  • Oliver Jones,
- Chayora
  • John Hughes, Chairman & CEO – TelecityGroup
  • Lex Coors, Chief Data Center Technology & Engineering Officer - Interxion
  • Charles Hoop,
IT Sourcing & Procurement Lead
- Accenture
  • Jim Smith, CTO & SVP Portfolio Operations – Digital Realty
  • Curt Holcomb, EVP, Data Center Services - Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Eric Wells, VP, Data Center Services - Fidelity Investments
  • Hunter Newby, CEO – Allied Fiber
  • Chris Crosby
Co-Founder & CEO
- Compass Datacenters

“A number of significant disruptive factors face this sector,” says Bruce Taylor, DCD Executive Vice President. “Some are part of the same industry buzz heard everywhere, some are less obvious, and perhaps both more challenging and playing for higher stakes.”

“Cloud will continue to be a key disruptor and the most important single driver of the industry. As advances are made, hybrid models will see buyers able to negotiate contracts based on pricing for the best cloud fit for different workload requirements. Likewise this conference will see conversations about how security and resilience risk will begin to be shouldered by services providers as part of competitiveness. Facilities geopolitical location, data security and sovereignty, resiliency and failover strategy become important topics in the sourcing decision mix,” Taylor says.

Further information and a full programme is available online at:


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