3 Speaking Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at Data Center World16 min read

by | Mar 4, 2020 | Blog

Data Center World is right around the corner and as the industry’s largest event for data center and IT professionals, this is always a great time of the year to see what’s new in the industry. The exhibition days are packed with new and innovative products from vendors and solution providers, while the presentation days offer some of the best educational content you’ll hear all year. And then there’s the networking events, who doesn’t love those, right?

As always, we are excited this year to share our newest offerings with the industry, but we are also excited for the presentation days as Upsite Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer, Lars Strong, was once again selected to speak, this time for three sessions. Now, if you haven’t already noticed, this is a semi-promotional post which we try not to do so much here on the Upsite blog, but we wanted to share this news with you as the topics Lars was selected to speak about have been touched on in some fashion here. So if you’re planning on going to Data Center World and would like to get a deeper dive on our latest research and thought leadership, check out the three speaking sessions below.

Cooling Optimization 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Data Center Cooling

Co-Presenter: Dean Boyle, CEO, EkkoSense
Track: Data Center Essentials
Date: Monday, March 16
Time: 2:10pm – 3:10pm

About this session: As new personnel enter the industry, they are often bombarded with a slew of buzz words and marketing messages that would lead them to believe that data centers almost run themselves. And while monitoring and DCIM solutions are improving the management of power and cooling, an understanding of the fundamental science is crucial to both see through the hype and get the most out of management systems. More so, as the veterans in our industry start to retire, much of the basic knowledge around power and cooling is often overlooked when training their successors. This session will provide that basic knowledge and give a fundamental understanding of the power and cooling infrastructure in a data center, with an emphasis on cooling optimization. In this session, you’ll learn how to recover stranded cooling capacity, reduce operating costs, improve IT equipment reliability, and prolong the life and capacity of the data center.

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Solving Challenges in Cooling Miniature/Edge Data Centers

Co-Presenter: Hector Diaz, Partner, Easter-Owens
Track: Optimizing Data Center Delivery & Performance
Date: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

About this session: There is a high demand for miniature/edge data centers supporting ever increasing power densities (expressed in kW/server rack). There is also an increasing demand for those miniature data centers to be delivered in a shipping container form factor. Typically, the total heat to be rejected is less than 100 kW. those loads are typically best cooled with direct expansion (DX) cooling. Unfortunately, there is precious little space inside a shipping container for server racks, never mind cooling equipment. This cooling equipment will also require outdoor condensers for heat rejection. Attaching those condensers to the outside of shipping containers makes them more difficult to ship, therefore voiding some of the perceived advantages of that form factor. This session will present lessons learned from designing the cooling infrastructure for miniature data centers.

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Clarifying ASHRAE’s Recommended vs. Allowable Temperature Envelopes and How to Raise Cooling Set Points Without Raising Inlet Temperatures

Track: Mission Critical Facilities & Energy Management
Date: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 12:40pm – 1:40pm

About this session: The topic of raising temperatures in data centers used to be met with much criticism in the industry, but in recent years has become more accepted. A big driver for this acceptance has been ASHRAE’s expanded envelope for recommended and allowable server inlet temperatures. However, while this has eased the discussion, there are still some questions that have been left unanswered. What’s the difference between recommended and allowable? Which one is best to use? What steps must be taken to safely raise set points? How do you ensure servers are still adequately cooled? What if you have different server types (A1, A2, A3, A4)? This presentation will examine these questions to give a clearer understanding of ASHRAE’s recommended and allowable guidelines. Also covered will be an explanation on how, in some cases, it is possible to raise cooling control set points without raising server inlet temperatures.

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If you haven’t already registered for Data Center World and would like to, use code UPSITE to receive $200 off any standard or all-access pass.

Real-time monitoring, data-driven optimization.

Immersive software, innovative sensors and expert thermal services to monitor,
manage, and maximize the power and cooling infrastructure for critical
data center environments.


Real-time monitoring, data-driven optimization.

Immersive software, innovative sensors and expert thermal services to monitor, manage, and maximize the power and cooling infrastructure for critical data center environments.


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