Operational Stream - Day 2

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How HVAC Solutions can assist Data Centres in meeting their Carbon Reduction Targets. And Liquid Cooling vs Air Cooling for Data Centres.

Tremendous progress has been achieved regarding the energy efficiency of cooling solutions over the last decade and a half – is there more to come?  And is it still worth chasing?  Can we meet the needs of modern IT while still keeping cooling energy usage low? Is the potential for energy reuse untapped and can liquid cooling deliver on this goal?  Why would you choose liquid cooling over air cooling solutions?

  • What new innovations are set to reduce cooling energy usage even further in the next five years?
  • Can current cooling methods keep up with new IT use in the Data Centre?
  • Are we able to cool figures coming from the rack of 20kW+ with air or should we be using immersed cooling for greater efficiency?
  • How realistic is it to reuse waste heat?  Are the savings worthwhile or is it just because it’s a good thing to do for the environment?
  • Is it more energy efficient just to switch the cooling off in the Data Centre?
  • Do we understand the lifetime carbon cost of our use of Data Centre cooling?  Is it worth knowing?  What will/can we do with this knowledge?


Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Senior Consultant

PTS Consulting

Michael Geraghty


Entropic Ltd

Patrick Gillan

Data Centre Sales Manager

Weatherite Air Conditioning Ltd

Joe McCaffrey

Cofounder and Managing Director

Duke McCaffrey Consulting

Richard Pimper

West Europe CTO of Digital Power


Reflecting on the fire at Strasbourg and the physical threat on AWS, countering major attacks on data centres – how safe are our data centres?

  • What are the best options for fire detection and suppression?
  • Do stringent SLAs reduce risk or do operators merely accrue for failure?
  • Does public Cloud merely mask the physical dependencies and potentially increase risk at the physical level as demonstrated in Strasbourg?
  • Do you know how physically secure and operationally reliable the data centres are that your business critical data and transactions depend upon?
  • Is your business automatically protected by geo-redundancy now that you have moved to the Cloud?
  • Is really possible to outsource physical risk?

Reflecting on the fire at Strasbourg and the physical threat on AWS, countering major attacks on data centres – how safe are our data centres?


Ivan Nolan

Managing Director

Sharp Group

CAI define commissioning as “a quality process which provides documented confirmation of proper installation and function of a facility’s systems and components as designed and specified. Commissioning ensures the facility meets the owner’s project requirements, the basis of design, and the intended operational needs”  During this presentation we will focus on the four main phases of the commissioning lifecycle of a Data Centre project and discuss the best practices throughout.

  • Introduction
    • Design Phase
    • Construction Phase
    • Acceptance Phase
    • Operational Phase
  • Questions


Niall Clarke

Regional Manager - Data Center Comissioning - EMEA

Commissioning Agents Ireland

This panel will discuss the various considerations behind assessing when a Data Centre needs updating, whether that be financial, space, efficiency, through to the approach and criteria to be considered when planning the retrofit, pitfalls and opportunities. This panel benefits from the vast amount of experience of all those in the debate.

Areas that will be addressed:

  • Assessing the Viability
  • Considerations
  • Energy Saving
  • Increasing Rack density and usage
  • Cooling Options
  • ROI
  • Planning Considerations


Vincent Byrne

Managing Director

Vincent Byrne Consulting Ltd

Brian Doherty

Managing Director and CEO

Atlantic Hub

Joe McCaffrey

Cofounder and Managing Director

Duke McCaffrey Consulting

Matias Ramon i Mendiola

Data Center Market Coordinator

Top Cable

Key Areas addressed

  • Sustainability
  • Learning from other industry sectors on decarbonization & circularity
  • Data centre lighting – scope for improvement
  • How good lighting supports data centre decarbonization & circularity based on a case study- reduced capital costs and enhanced life time operating costs.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Net zero carbon and data centre relevance
  • Lighting quality in data halls
  • Sustainable lighting- data centre operator benefits
  • Sustainable lighting- realisation of monetary savings


Sophie Parry BSc (hons) MSc MIET FSLL

Technical Application Consultant

Zumtobel Group

Variable speed drives are used in cooling to ensure efficiency. At the same time, different drive designs (standalone drives or motor-integarted, with power quality correction or without) have different effect on data center sustainability.

Key Area Addressed:

  1. Cooling Energy Efficiency
  2. Cooling Reliability
  3. Sustainable Solutions
  4. Ease of Cooling Systems Maintenance

Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Drive technology should be chosen carefully as it significantly impacts data center sustainability, also long term.
  2. Ease of maintenance and replacement aspects should be addresses as low maintainability results in longer downtime and unwise material usage
  3. System efficiency should be prioritized over component efficiency for the optimized energy use.


Stephen Cawley

Local Business Manager

ABB Motion

There is an increasing interest in the USE of Lithium Ion batteries in data centres rather than more traditional Lead Acid options. There are promises of significantly increased lifetimes and performance as well as smaller physical footprints and improved TCO. At the same time some doubts remain over fire safety and environmental impact. These potential positives and negatives will be explored in an informed and objective way by our expert panel.


Mark Acton

Independent Consultant

Phil Hardy

Commercial Manager


Richard Pimper

West Europe CTO of Digital Power


Paul Smethurst


Hillstone Loadbanks IE


Ed Ansett

Chairman and Co-Founder

i3 Solutions Group Ltd

Russ Barker

Product & Service Sales Director UK & Ireland


Tony Byrne

Business Development Executive

Edina Limited

Eddie Kilbane


Kilon Holdings Limited

Thomas Seeber

Sales & Commercial Director

INNIO Jenbacher

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The trends of globalization, robotics, technology, and evolution will usher in a period of unprecedented disruption that will transform the future of work and the workforce. Digital First has changed the way we live and work. No industry has been left untouched. In this exponential data growth era, how do we identify and address the core challenges?  In this keynote, Nabeel Mahmood will share his perspectives, actionable insights, and inspiring case studies that reflect an out-of-the-box approach to bridge the digital and generational divide with a key focus on what can be collectively done to ensure the future of our industry.


Nabeel Mahmood

Technologist, Nomad Futurist, Keynote Speaker

CIO Instor