DataCentres Ireland was heralded as a success by Exhibitors, Visitors and Speakers alike.
They appreciated that DataCentres Ireland provided a safe, secure, clean and structured environment, where they were able to network with colleagues, see the latest in products, services, technology and equipment and listen to industry leaders and experts discussing the latest, issues, approaches and ideas affecting Data Centres and Critical Environments.
Whilst the effect of COVID did slightly impact the overall attendance, DataCentres Ireland did deliver over 1300 attendees from 18 countries across the 2 days.
“Good People… Good Vibe… Good Show“ Dave McAuley, BitPower Energy Consulting
Exhibitors commented on the quality of attendees present at DataCentres Ireland and lack of time wasters at the show, that gave them more time to engage with buyers, discuss their needs and forge lasting business contacts and relationships.
Attendees said that the COVID Protocols announced before as part of the events marketing campaign made a difference to their decision to attend. They appreciated the enforcement of only admitting those who could prove they had a valid Covid Certificate, the wearing of masks throughout the show, social distancing measures and access to sanitiser stations across the event.
This level of attendance was achieved despite the event attracting protesters outside the show, having Fire Alarms set off to disrupt the event and the Irish Government announcing a change of COVID policy with advice for people to work from home and the re-introduction of firmer rules in the hospitality sector… All of which did affect attendance particularly on day 2.
“It was a shame that the protesters did not want to engage with the event but try to disrupt it …” Commented: Hugh Robinson the event director “… as most of the presentations and panel discussions (if not all) were linked to ‘How can Data Centres can continue to improve their efficiency, reduce their carbon foot print and assist the utility companies, in the adoption of more green energy and renewable energy sources, such as Solar, Wind, etc…”
By way of feedback, Jerry Sweeney, CEO, Cloud CIX Data Centre said “I think it was a fantastic conference. The focus on energy was very timely. Energy costs have increased to 250% of 2020 levels and the industry is faced with a huge decarbonisation challenge.”
The conference programme featured over 75 international and local experts and industry leaders, addressing a range of issues from data centre development, regionalisation through to training & staff retention as well as decarbonisation and energy reduction and heat re-use.
“Thanks for organising the event – it was great to actually get out and speak to people face to face for a change. The sessions I was involved in were lively and interesting – we often carried on the conversation long after the session had finished! Looking forward to the next one” Stephen Bowes-Phipps, Senior Consultant, PTS Consulting Group
The importance of the Conference sessions to the delivery of quality attendees should not be underestimated, as many attendees had planned the timing and length of stay to allow them to hear particular papers or panel discussions.
Anecdotally, a number of Speakers and Delegates stated that the range of presentations, depth of content and quality of speaker makes DataCentres Ireland one of the world leading events from a delegate’s perspective.
Make it a date for 2022
The Stepex team that organises DataCentres Ireland doesn’t intend to rest on their laurels, however, instead, work is already underway to make next year’s exhibition which will be held on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th November bigger and better again.
Those interested in finding out how they can become involved in the event, should contact the DataCentres Ireland team by email: email@example.com or call Hugh Robinson on +44 (0) 7882 246950 or visit www.datacentres-Ireland.com
“Great show. Hope you were happy with it.” Vincent Byrne, MD, Vincent Byrne Consultants