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By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on May 7th, 2019

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The Top 10 Data Center Trade Shows to Attend in 2019

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Every year, data center professionals from around the world travel to locations throughout North America to attend technology conventions and trade shows that showcase some of the latest innovations impacting data centers and the networks they build for their customers. Whether it’s data center managers looking to stay ahead of current trends, network engineers trying to pick up new skills, or vendors and customers seeking a new approach to their data needs, these conventions, expos, and trade shows offer a variety of benefits to attendees.

Although 2019 is nearly half over, there are still plenty of data center trade shows worth checking out later this year. Here are ten to put on the schedule.

The Top 10 Data Center Trade Shows to Attend in 2019

Internet of Things World (Santa Clara, CA: May 13-16)

As North America’s largest event dedicated primarily to the potential and power of the Internet of Things, IoT World offers a variety of conference tracks focused on exploring the various applications of IoT edge devices. Whether attendees are looking to leverage IoT for industrial or consumer uses, they will surely find something to like from the convention’s 400+ speakers and 300+ exhibitors.

7x24 Exchange Spring Conference 2019 (Boca Raton, FL: June 2-5)

Focused specifically on the unique needs of 24x7x365 data centers, the 7x24 2019 Spring Conference is a show to watch for vendors who depend on uninterrupted infrastructure access. This year’s conference features presentations on (among other things) edge computing, predictive data center analytics, and the future role of hyperscale facilities in a world dominated by IoT edge devices.

NANOG 76 (Washington, DC: June 9-12)

Organized by the North American Network Operator’s Group, the nation’s leading professional association of network engineers, the 76th NANOG conference provides an opportunity for data center managers and engineers to learn about some of the latest technologies and techniques being used to enhance network connectivity.

International Telecoms Week 2019 (Atlanta, GA: June 23-26)

The annual meeting for global telecom wholesalers, ITW 2019 is slated to cover a wide range of topics that will have an impact on data centers. From high-performance computing (HPC) to the ongoing rollout of 5G networks, there’s no shortage of innovative technologies on the schedule. And with more than 2000 companies in attendance, there’s plenty of telecom expertise to go around.

CloudEXPO (Santa Clara, CA: June 24-26)

With this year’s special focus on digital transformation (DX), the 23rd international CloudEXPO conference is highlighting everything that traditional data centers can do to push toward cloud-based virtualization. For companies looking to build multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures and deployments to service a wide range of industries, there will be plenty of interesting events. Featuring a huge range of speakers and breakout sessions, this year’s CloudEXPO is sure to uphold its reputation as one of the world’s premier technology conferences.

DCD>San Francisco (San Francisco, CA: July 11-12)

Organized by the UK’s Datacenter Dynamics magazine, the 16th annual DCD>San Francisco expo is slated to highlight the evolving role of AI, sustainability, and edge computing in today’s data center infrastructure. While the convention has a strong local focus on Northern California, its location in one of the world’s leading technology hubs ensures that it will feature some of the major thought leaders in the industry today.

Open Source Summit (San Diego, CA: August 21-23)

Sponsored by some of the biggest names in the tech world (Intel, IBM, and Red Hat, just to name a few), The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit gathers over 2,000 developers and industry experts to share some of the latest innovations in the open source ecosystem. With a special track focused on infrastructure examining developments pertaining to virtualization, monitoring, and reliability, the summit will likely generate quite a few new ideas relating to data center operations.

VMworld (San Francisco, CA: August 25-29)

With over 21,000 attendees at last year’s event, VMware’s VMworld is one of the world’s leading digital infrastructure conferences. In addition to its focus on edge computing and data center security, VMworld has a special focus on building and managing multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions, making it a must-see event for data center managers.

Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit (Las Vegas, NV: September 23-25)

A forum for executives in the hosting, cloud, data center, and managed services industry, HCTS 2019 promises to focus on a variety of topics of interest to organizations looking to expand their data center operations. Previous years have highlighted the role of hyperscale data centers, edge computing, machine learning, and the expanding role of IoT.

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations, & Cloud Strategies Conference 2019 (Las Vegas, NV: December 9-12)

Dedicated primarily to infrastructure and operations, the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations, & Cloud Strategies Conference showcases some of the tech research firm’s most noteworthy findings and highlights the innovations that will surely influence the data center market for years to come. From the latest cloud solutions to major colocation and micro data center trends, Gartner’s 2019 conference is certainly one to mark on the calendar.

BONUS: Data Center World (San Antonio, TX: March 16-19, 2020)

Although it’s just under a year away, it’s never too early to start thinking about Data Center World, North America’s premier data center event organized by AFCOM. The 2020 show will bring together more than 1800 data center professionals to discuss and highlight the key challenges facing the industry, with special attention paid to cloud solutions, edge computing, and vendor-neutral networking.

While attending every one of these shows may be ambitious, even making the time for one of them is well worth the effort. For data centers looking to stay on the cutting edge of industry trends, data center trade shows can provide a variety of insights that can help improve a facility’s operations and infrastructure.

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About Kaylie Gyarmathy

As the Marketing Manager for vXchnge, Kaylie handles the coordination and logistics of tradeshows and events. She is responsible for social media marketing and brand promotion through various outlets. She enjoys developing new ways and events to capture the attention of the vXchnge audience.

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