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On September 27, the scene is set in Dallas for disruption, paradigm shifts and challenges to conventional wisdom, as the movers and shakers of the colo, cloud and data center ecosphere come together for DatacenterDynamics Colo + Cloud, the data center service provider transformation conference. The Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, Big Data and the Cloud are driving the industry forward, while Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) in all its forms is providing end-user organizations with even more ways to purchase and provision new infrastructure capacity. The conversations that will take place at Intercontinental Dallas, the site of DatacenterDynamics Colo + Cloud, will focus on how data center services companies must evolve to be customer-centric and technology relevant in the face of continuing innovation.

Dallas, one of the most important interconnect and data center hubs in the United States, is the setting for a constellation of telecommunications stars that will shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. With speakers including Nic Barnes, Global Head of Data Center Strategy at Bank of America, Don MacNeil, CTO at EdgeConneX®, Grant Kirkwood CTO and Founder of Unitas Global, Patrick Flynn, Director of Sustainability at, and John Sheputis, President of Infomart Data Centers, the discussions are sure to be provocative and the insights gained illuminating.

Among the can’t-miss panels at DatacenterDynamics Colo + Cloud is “Differentiating Data Centers – Qualifying Providers for Your Company’s Needs,” featuring Peter Feldman, CEO and Principal of DataGryd Data Centers, Robert DeVita, CSO of 1547 Critical Systems Realty, Akio Sugeno, Vice President, Internet Engineering, Operations and Business Development of Telehouse America, and Ilissa Miller, Founder and CEO of iMiller Public Relations. The session will break down the traditional retail and wholesale data center models to help companies better understand their respective nuances and how they align with the needs of their individual businesses.

“Cloud providers, enterprises, hyperscale operators and educational institutions all have different needs,” comments Ilissa Miller. “Along with my distinguished colleagues, I’m looking forward to a discussion of how various companies can best evaluate and select a data center provider based on their specific business objectives.”

Educational tracks at DatacenterDynamics Colo + Cloud range from data center design and build, to servers and storage, to the software-defined data center, and to optimizing facilities for power and cooling. Additionally, the Ideas Lab will feature roundtables, workshops and hosted discussions that explore specific technology and business topics in depth in a closed-door environment. Meanwhile, the Solutions Stage will offer delegates a new way to harvest vital information on products and services, bringing the expo hall to life during extended breaks.

Sponsored by Schneider Electric, Equinix, Open-IX, Mitsubishi Electric, and EdgeConnex, among others, registration for DatacenterDynamics Colo + Cloud is now open, including early bird registry, which ends September 16. Free registration for qualified applicants also ends on that date, or when such allocations are filled.

With 40-plus hours of expert panels, keynote presentations, interactive workshops and roundtables, not to mention an expo showcasing the latest technologies, DatacenterDynamics Colo + Cloud promises that in less than 24 hours you will network, educate and collaborate your way to a more decisive 2017.