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The Top 10 Data Center Trade Shows to Attend in 2020

By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on March 6, 2020

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 we’re already two months into 2020, there are plenty of data center trade shows worth checking out later this year. Here are ten to put on your schedule.

The Top 10 Data Center Trade Shows to Attend in 2020

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

North America’s premier data center event organized by AFCOM, Data Center World is a good place to start any list of data center trade shows. The 2020 show will bring together more than 1,800 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.

Internet of Things World (San Jose, CA: April 6-9)

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 the expected 12,500+ 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.

NANOG 79 (Boston, MA: June 1-3)

Organized by the North American Network Operator’s Group, the nation’s leading professional association of network engineers, the 79th 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.

7x24 Exchange Spring Conference 2020 (Orlando, FL: June 7-10)

Focused specifically on the unique needs of 24x7x365 data centers, the 7x24 2020 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) end-to-end reliability, predictive data center analytics, and the importance of preserving mission-critical systems and infrastructure.

International Telecoms Week 2020 (Atlanta, GA: June 14-17)

The annual meeting for global telecom wholesalers, ITW 2020 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 2,000 companies in attendance, there’s plenty of telecom expertise to go around.

DCD>San Francisco 2020 (San Francisco, CA: June 15-16)

Organized by the UK’s Datacenter Dynamics magazine, the 17th annual DCD>San Francisco expo is slated to highlight smart energy infrastructure, 5G connectivity, 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 (Austin, TX: June 22-24)

Sponsored by some of the biggest names in the tech world (Google, 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 focus on developments pertaining to networking, artificial intelligence, and edge computing, the summit will likely generate quite a few new ideas relating to data center operations.

VMworld (San Francisco, CA: August 30-September 3)

With about 20,000 attendees at last year’s event, VMware’s VMworld remains 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: October 5-7)

A forum for executives in the hosting, cloud, data center, and managed services industry, HCTS 2020 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 7-10)

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 2020 conference is certainly one to mark on the calendar.

Bonus Conference: DCD>Virginia 2020 (Ashburn, VA: October 5-6)

Unable to attend DCD>San Francisco 2020? You’re in luck, because this year the London-based organizers decided to launch a new conference on the east coast. With 500+ senior executives from the nation’s largest colocation and cloud providers expected to attend, the conference promises to cover a wide range of interesting topics pertaining to digital transformation and future data center trends.

While attending every one of these shows may be ambitious (especially during the busy month of June), 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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