Operational Stream - Day 2

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


Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Senior Consultant

PTS Consulting

Patrick Gillan

Data Centre Sales Manager

Weatherite Air Conditioning Ltd

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

Martin Murphy

Co-Founder & Partner

AMS Helix

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.

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



Ed Ansett

Chairman and Co-Founder

i3 Solutions Group Ltd

Tony Byrne

Business Development Executive

Edina Limited

Eddie Kilbane


DataPlex Group

Thomas Seeber

Sales & Commercial Director

INNIO Jenbacher