Data Center World 2022 successfully brought together data center facilities and IT infrastructure professionals for four days of learning and networking


Data Center Trends to Watch in 2022 Report Unveiled at Omdia Research Forum; Data Center World 2023 scheduled for May 8-11 in Austin, Texas

Data Center World the world’s leading conference for data center facilities and IT professionals, bringing the data center industry together to learn and network. Data Center World hosted over 1,500 attendees and 150 exhibitors at the Austin Convention Center, as well as virtual attendees. Over four days, the event offered talks for data center and IT professionals, panel discussions and case studies focusing on edge computing, colocation, hyperscale, predictive analytics , 5G, DCIM, cloud, AI and sustainability. In addition, for the first time, Omdia presented a half-day conference. Data Center World is AFCOM annual meeting of IT and data center professionals.

“Bringing this fast-growing industry together was incredible. Attendees, exhibitors and sponsors were so excited to come together to learn and network,” said Tara Gibb, Senior Director, Data Center World. “In addition, our first Omdia Research Forum was a resounding success, and attendees came away with a solid understanding of what to expect over the next few years. We look forward to bringing new, innovative learning opportunities to our 2023 event.”

Omdia Research Forum / 2022 Report on Data Center Trends to Watch

Data Center World hosted the first Omdia Research Forum on March 28. Global technology research company, Omdiapresented the half-day conference as part of a conference and the Data Center Trends to Watch 2022 report was unveiled.

Key highlights of the report include:

  • Data center managers manage more data than ever. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they will manage at least 1 PB of data, while 24% will manage between 5 and 50 PB of data.

  • About half of respondents report seeing both a pressure on supply chains and pandemic-related supply chain issues. One in four report that supply chain issues have caused outages.

  • Sustainability is a key objective. Seventy-eight percent of respondents see an increase in the use of renewable energy in their data centers, while 87% believe water efficiency will continue to grow in importance.
  • Most data centers will deploy state-of-the-art infrastructure. Today, 58% of respondents have implemented less than five edge locations, but 92% said they will have between six and ten new locations within 36 months.
  • Software-defined solutions will have major impacts on edge infrastructure. Nearly half of respondents (46%) say their organizations have currently implemented cutting-edge computing capacity and just over a third (38%) are considering software-defined power solutions to better manage capacity and power.
  • A majority of respondents (59%) see a repatriating workloads from cloud computing to on-premises data centers or colocations. This is driven by cost issues, real-time reliability and performance needs, latency sensitivity, and growing concerns over enterprise data. Storage management is the most frequently repatriated workload.

To receive a copy of the Data Center Trends to Watch 2022, click here.

Data Center World Event Highlights:

Data Center Startup Challenge

The Data Center Startup Challenge competition pitted data center technology startups against each other. GRAID Technology Named “Most Disruptive Technology” Winner; Alcatraz AI was named the winner of the “Best chance of success in the market”; Cumulus Digital Systems, Inc. was named “Most Influential Founding Team” winner; and GRAID Technology was named winner of “Best Ability to Earn Additional Capital”. The judging panel included Andrea Munoz, Senior Vice President, Operations and Customer Success, CyrusOne; Moises Levy, PhD, Principal Analyst, Data Center Physical Infrastructure, Omdia; and Michael Maniscalco, Executive Vice President of Technology, Applied Blockchain Inc.

Opening speech

This year’s speakers included Ben Hammersley, founder of Agathonic.AI Inc.; Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Dell Technologies, Infrastructure Solutions & Ecosystems; Jonathan King, chief revenue officer at Switch; and Amy Marks, Vice President, Industrialized Construction at Autodesk.

Exhibition room

The Data Center World’s Expo Hall showcased the industry’s leading solution providers showcasing their latest innovations to attendees. The Exhibit Hall featured a live data center stage that hosted solution spotlight sessions, the startup challenge, interviews with data center knowledge practitioners, and more.

Data Center World will take place May 8-11, 2023 in Austin, Texas. For more information on exhibition or sponsorship opportunities, contact Natalie Bustamante at [email protected]

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About the world of data centers

Data Center World is the global conference for data centers and IT professionals. It offers top-notch education, abundant networking, and the broadest access to best-in-class providers. Designed to help data center and IT infrastructure professionals solve complex problems, Data Center World presents superior knowledge without bias to any specific vendor product or service. Data Center World 2023 will be held May 8-11, 2023 in Austin, Texas. Data Center World is produced by Informa Tech.


AFCOM advances data centers and IT professionals by providing comprehensive, vendor-neutral training and peer-to-peer networking to its members worldwide. Through forward-looking research, AFCOM supports thousands of IT professionals, operations, installations, builders/designers, and vendors working in the data center and IT infrastructure industry. Serving the data center industry for over 40 years, AFCOM has established itself as the market leader in training, connecting and guiding the data center community.

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