Data Center World is the premier educational conference and expo for Information Technology, Data Center Facilities, and IT Operations Management professionals. Data Center World events offer:

  • The most extensive end-user educational program anywhere in the industry
  • Incomparable networking opportunities
  • Data Center World Global features the largest exhibit hall in the industry with all of the latest technology and equipment from the industry’s best hardware and service providers

Join us at one of these upcoming events:

Data Center World Global 2018
March 12-15, 2018
San Antonio, TX

At Data Center World, you'll get top-quality knowledge without bias toward a specific vendor product or service. Unlike many other conferences, Data Center World is designed to help you solve your key challenges as a data center and IT infrastructure professional. Each topic and speaker is carefully selected to provide you with relevant, timely and practical education.


What is a Leaders Lab?

An AFCOM Leaders Lab is a think tank comprised of data center professionals across the United States who explore solutions and develop responses to the most critical issues facing data centers today.

  • Big Data/Machine Learning
  • Disaster Operations/Recovery
  • Energy Crisis/Efficiency
  • Hybrid Architecture
  • Internet of Things
  • Security

Exclusive gatherings of thought leaders driving innovation, education and advancement of data center technologies.

The AFCOM Leaders Lab groups will meet in six cities across the U.S. to tackle some of the industry’s most pressing challenges. And, their work will be shared with their peers during a keynote session at Data Center World Global in March, 2018.


Minneapolis, MN

  • Virtual Kickoff: Sep 19, 2017
  • Live Meeting: Sep 26, 2017
  • Web Meeting: Oct 17, 2017

Big Data & Machine Learning

How to Prepare for—and Leverage—Machine Learning in the Data Center

Whitepaper: Design and architecture best practices and requirements for machine learning/AI-ready data centers

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Chicago, IL

  • Virtual Kickoff: Sep 20, 2017
  • Live Meeting: Sep 28, 2017
  • Web Meeting: Oct 20, 2017


The Best Way to Prepare for the Worst

Whitepaper: Data center disaster prevention and recovery plan

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Palo Alto, CA

  • Virtual Kickoff: Oct 19, 2017
  • Live Meeting: Oct 26, 2017
  • Web Meeting: Nov 16, 2017


How IoT and Smart Sensors Will Change the Data Center

Whitepaper: IoT planning guide for data centers

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Denver, CO

  • Virtual Kickoff: Oct 17, 2017
  • Live Meeting: Oct 24, 2017
  • Web Meeting: Nov 14, 2017


Is Cloud the Inevitable Best Practice When It Comes to the Data Center?

Whitepaper: Cost/risk analysis spreadsheet

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Raleigh/Durham, NC

  • Virtual Kickoff: Oct 25, 2017
  • Live Meeting: Nov 15, 2017
  • Web Meeting: Dec 5, 2017


Security 2020

Whitepaper: Best practices for security breach response


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Columbus, OH

  • Virtual Kickoff: Sep 20, 2017
  • Live Meeting: Oct 3, 2017
  • Web Meeting: Oct 17, 2017


Energy Crisis: Increased Data Center Demand Creates New Efficiency Challenges

Whitepaper: Energy crisis assessment tool and plan

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San Antonio, TX

  • March 12, 2018


Exclusive Global Gathering

All 6 groups will be invited to a special networking event at Data Center World. Results of all Leaders Labs will be shared from in mainstage during a special general session at Data Center World Global.

More than 1,000 Data Center, Facilities and IT Infrastructure Professionals will gather in San Antonio, TX from March 12-15 for Data Center World Global 2018. Unique to the industry, Data Center World conference draws upon the knowledge and experience of the more than 3,500 AFCOM members, the association for advancing data center and IT infrastructure professionals, to create an end-user driven agenda that focuses on real solutions for today's key challenges.

Read why says "Data Center World is the premier opportunity for facilities, IT, and operations professionals to gather and learn about modern data center strategies and infrastructure innovations".