What is a Leaders Lab?


AFCOM Leaders Labs
 are a series of regional workshops comprised of data center professionals who explore ideas and develop solutions to the most critical issues impacting data centers today. In the process of the workshop, which is led by an expert advisor, the attendees provide real-world experience and guidance in solving these issues and contribute to a whitepaper that is written by a professional writer. Each attendee is identified as an author of the whitepaper, which is ultimately released at Data Center World and published on AFCOM.com. Some of the topics we tackle include: 

•         Big Data/Machine Learning
•         Disaster Operations/Recovery
•         Energy Crisis/Energy Efficiency
•         Hybrid Cloud Architectures
•         Internet of Things
•         Data Center Security

These exclusive gatherings of thought leaders drive innovation, education, and advancement of data center concepts and technologies.

The AFCOM Leaders Lab groups meet in cities across the U.S., and the attendees become part of an exclusive group that continues year-round to share ideas through a gated LinkedIn group, and ultimately meet up at the annual Leaders Lab Alumni Reception at Data Center World. This year's cities and topics are:

San Diego, CA

  • September 24, 2019

SCALING WORKLOADS IN A DISTRIBUTED DATA CENTER

More details to come


Houston, TX

September 26, 2019

CLOUD ON-RAMPS FOR COLOCATION: PLANNING AND BEST PRACTICES

Advisor: Kirk Killian, President, Data Center Selection/Procurement, Partners National Mission Critical Facilities

More details to come


Minneapolis, MN

  • October 22, 2019

THE EFFICIENT DATA CENTER: BECOMING A DCIM BLACK BELT

Advisor: Bill Kleyman, SVP, Digital Solutions, Switch
More details to come



Washington DC - Dulles Corridor

  • October 24, 2019

HYPER CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE: THE NEXT LEVEL

Advisor: Carrie Goetz, Global Director of Technology, Paige DataCom Solutions
More details to come


San Antonio, TX

  • March, 2020

DATA CENTER WORLD

Exclusive Global Gathering

All Leaders Lab alumni will be invited to a special networking event at Data Center World. Results of all Leaders Labs whitepapers will be shared at sessions at the conference.



More than 1,000 Data Center, Facilities and IT Infrastructure Professionals will gather in Phoenix, AZ from March 19-22 for Data Center World Global 2019. Unique to the industry, Data Center World conference draws upon the knowledge and experience of the more than 3,500 AFCOM members, the association for advancing data center and IT infrastructure professionals, to create an end-user driven agenda that focuses on real solutions for today's key challenges.


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