TIA Data Center Workshop

TIA Data Center Workshop

LOCATION: TIA Headquarters, 1320 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 200, Arlington, Virginia
DATES: September 28-29, 2015
COST: $125 (Members); $200 (Non-members)

Monday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Tour of Data Center
Tuesday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Data Center Workshop, followed by Networking Reception

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Data center operators are grappling with change.  The increased adoption of cloud computing technologies is driving a diverse set of data center and cloud computing offerings, from co-location and managed infrastructure to new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms, and data center operators are looking at many ways to leverage converging infrastructure into new revenue.  

Join TIA for a tour of a local data center and a day-long discussion on the critical issues impacting the data center industry, including:

  • New design trends shaping the next-generation data center
  • Creating new revenue by leveraging infrastructure convergence
  • Creating premiums via industry ecosystems within data centers
  • The Impact of new trade agreements on data center operators

Who Should Attend?

  • Cloud Computing and Data Center Providers
  • Internet Service Providers, Carriers, and Operators
  • Content Providers and Content Delivery Network (CDN) Providers
  • Government Agencies and Enterprises Managing Complex IT Infrastructure  

Meet Professionals Like You, Including:

  • Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs)
  • Network Architects/Engineers
  • IT Managers and Directors

Thanks to our Sponsors

RagingWire Data Center I

RagingWire Data Center II


SEP 28
11:00 AM

Registration at TIA's offices

11:30 AM

Lunch at TIA and Presentation by RagingWire

Shahid Javed
Colocation Product Marketing Programs Manager
RagingWire Data Centers

12:15 PM

Bus Departs for RagingWire

1:00 PM

Arrival at RagingWire facilities and check-in groups

1:30 PM

Tours of both facilities

3:00 PM

Bus departs for TIA

4:00 PM

Arrival at TIA and Reception

Sep 29
8:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM


Scott Belcher

Franklin Flint
  • Scott Belcher, CEO, TIA
  • Franklin Flint, CTO, TIA
9:15 AM
10:15 AM

Addressing DDoS Attacks Collectively: How Cybersecurity in the Data Center is a Shared Responsibility

Given the centralization of enterprise tenants, infrastructure and cloud-based applications residing within data centers, data centers are increasingly becoming the focal point for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These attacks manifest themselves in many forms, from volumetric attacks that leverage a facility’s large connectivity pipes to overwhelm servers to application layer attacks, commonly targeting Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers.

To ensure that the tenants and applications residing within a data center are secure, the role of the data center operator is becoming increasingly intertwined with cybersecurity. This session will address how cybersecurity is becoming a shared responsibility that requires collaboration with tenants, connectivity providers and data center operators.

Moderator: Speakers:  

Kevin McDonald
Insignia Technology Services

Scott Poretsky
Allot Communications

Evan Uhl
Neustar, Inc.

Wendell Jordan-Brangman
  • Kevin McDonald, CISO, Insignia Technology Services
  • Scott Poretsky, AVP, Solutions Architecture, Allot Communications
  • Evan Uhl, Manager, Security Operations Center, Neustar, Inc.
  • Wendell Jordan-Brangman, Information Security Professional, Consultant


10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM
11:45 AM

Infrastructure Agnosticism: Creating the Agnostic Cloud


Current data center network infrastructure is undergoing a fundamental change with the abstraction of various functions from hardware.  From storage, networking, security and compute – every function within the data center is becoming disassociated from hardware and becoming software driven.  For enterprises and telcos this transformation offers many new possibilities, including best of breed interoperability, but this transformation is not without it challenges.  For incumbent hardware vendors, the transition from hardware-based value to software-based value calls for new and unfamiliar offerings and new partners. 

This session will address the current state of infrastructure agnosticism – who is calling for it and what the industry is saying about – and what realities are in store for the industry.

Moderator: Speakers:  

Rick Talbot
Current Analysis

Amy Copley
BTI Systems

Charles Conte
  • Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst, Optical Infrastructure, Current Analysis
  • Amy Copley, Director, Solutions Marketing, BTI Systems
  • Charles Conte, Director, North American Strategy – Open Networking, Dell
11:45 AM

Lunch and Networking

1:10 PM
2:10 PM

Best Practices in Physical Data Center Security


A host of new and emerging threats face data center operators. This session explores ways to mitigate risk and utilize best practices in the implementation of physical security for data centers. Elements, tools and cost effects of implementing physical security that are applicable in the design or retrofit stage will be addressed. This includes reviewing the newest technologies that integrate with analytics and provide recording and reporting functions, implementing measures on the best approach to integrate systems, and examining ways to anticipate, project and save on the costs of a data center security project.


  • Robert Murphy, Program Manager, American Systems
2:10 PM
3:10 PM

International Trade Policy Developments and the Impacts on Data Center Operations


As almost every facet of government, commercial, and individual life becomes increasingly digitized within an all-IP world – the Internet of Things – through innovative solutions such as network virtualization, ongoing negotiation of key international agreements hold the potential to balkanize the Internet and reduce the many benefits of its open architecture.

This session will give attendees an overview of the challenges and solutions to cross-border data flows, including updates on existing and approaching trade negotiations that impact the evolution of data centers. Topics to include:

  • Current, practical solutions to regulatory compatibility for cross-border data flows that are administered by the Department of Commerce (e.g. U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules).
  • The regulatory challenges in other countries that can restrict the ability of data centers to send data from one legal jurisdiction to another (i.e. cross-border data flows).
  • Future policy solutions through the use of trade agreements being negotiated by the U.S. and other countries (e.g. TPP and T-TIP).


Brian Scarpelli

Joshua Meltzer
Brookings Institution

Jennifer Sanford
  • Brian Scarpelli, Director Government Affairs, TIA
  • Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
  • Jennifer Sanford, Senior Manager, International Trade and Energy Policy, Cisco
  • Nick Fetchko, Director, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon
  • Michael Rose, Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
3:10 PM

Networking Break

3:25 PM
4:25 PM

Next-Generation Data Center Design Trends


We'll address the evolving methodology in data center design, the factors that are driving new design, and how vendors can meet the evolving needs of data center operators.

Moderator: Speakers:    

Franklin Flint

Jackson Metcalf

Jim Leach
RagingWire Data Centers

Bill Charuk
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
  • Franklin Flint, CTO, TIA
  • Jackson Metcalf, Associate, Gensler
  • Jim Leach, Vice President of Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers
  • Bill Charuk, Sr. Product Mgr, Data Ctr Solutions, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
4:25 PM
6:00 PM

Networking Reception


Hotels & Parking
TIA has a special discount rate at the Hilton Garden Inn located across the street at 1333 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington VA 22201. Reserve your room today!

A second option is The Residence Inn by Marriott at 1401 North Adams Street Arlington, 703-312-2100, located a short distance from TIA’s offices as well.
Public parking is available adjacent to TIA's offices at 1310 N. Courthouse.

For more information on speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact events@tiaonline.org.
For registration, please contact TIA Events, events@tiaonline.org.