Highlights from Uptime Institute Symposium: Shanghai

This week, Uptime Institute hosted its first major event in China, Uptime Institute Symposium: Shanghai. Over 400 invite-only attendees joined Uptime Institute for a day of collaborative learning at the Grand Hyatt. The photos below illustrate some highlights from the the day.

Uptime Institute President Lee Kirby delivers the welcome keynote at Symposium: Shanghai. “The digital economy is interconnected, and you don’t want your data center to be the weak link. We need to industrialize our digital infrastructure through standards and third party assessments.”

Uptime Institute has tripled its business in China over the 5 years, with 18 Tier-certified data centers and 13 M&O data centers in China, with over 30 projects in process.

Uptime Institute Managing Director North Asia, Philip Hu discusses the process of Tier Certification. “The vast majority of even the world’s most elite data center sites do not operate as designed on day one. Tier Certification is a failsafe against a data center that doesn’t work.”

Uptime Institute Senior Director of Content and Publications Matt Stansberry unveils the results of the 2017 Data Center Industry Survey including responses from over 1500 end users worldwide.

Uptime Institute has conducted its annual survey globally for seven years. This year’s survey data included the first breakout of respondents specifically in China.

Attendees included Uptime Institute Tier Certification owners and M&O Stamp of Approval Awardees from China’s leading financial, colocation and telecom organizations.

Jack You, Cloud Architect for Huawei delivers the Diamond level Sponsor Keynote.

Uptime Institute President Lee Kirby presents Wang Hui, Director, China Carrier Service, Solutions Sales Department at Huawei with a letter of appreciation for Huawei’s commitment to Uptime Institute Symposium around the globe.

Philip Hu moderates a discussion of new technology adoption. Panelists: John Zheng, Solution Architect Director, Schneider Electric; Wu Ganxing
Vice General Manager, China Building Tech Group, Data Center; Biao Leng, General Manager, Beijing Travelsky Birun Technology

Pitt Turner, Uptime Institute Network Global Executive discusses the challenges with DCIM procurement: The process takes too long; Software costs too much; Tools under-deliver; Many buyers are not achieving ROI on the purchase.

Agatha Poon, Research Director APAC at 451 Research discusses the rapid growth and adoption of cloud computing providers in China and around the world, providing cloud computing adoption statistics, key trends in the market and the competitive landscape in the region and globally.

Transforming enterprises are serious about incorporating cloud models into their business strategies. Workloads are already business-critical in the cloud.

Lee Kirby: Complex IT systems are prone to cascading failure. But calling these failures human error is a mistake. The following are management failures, not human error: Lack of staffing; Lack of training; Lack of resources; Lack of preventive maintenance.

Over 65% of enterprise IT departments use Uptime Institute’s Tier Certification and M&O Stamp of Approval as part of the vetting process for considering potential IT service providers, according to the 2016 Data Center Industry Survey.

451 Research Director Andy Lawrence: The data center in 2020 will need to be agile — reducing costs, building on demand, responding to rapid deployment needs, and innovating without service disruption.

At the end of the each Symposium Event, an expert panel asks the audience — what are you going to do differently on Monday? How will you implement what you have learned today? Speaking: Danny Cheng, Chairman & CEO, Banyano

Stay tuned to the Symposium website for updates on our events in North America (Las Vegas, September 18) and Europe (Barcelona, Dec 5-6) in 2017.

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