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The premier destination for I&O leaders around the world

Our attendee–driven agenda provides you in–depth coverage of mobile, cloud, storage and other IT forces that are making new demands on the data center — as well as expert advice that will help you position I&O as a key contributor to business strategy and competitive advantage.

The conference was designed for individuals in the following roles:
Roles Include:
  • IT Tech Services Operations
  • Data Center Facilities
  • Critical Facilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Engineering
IT Operations & Facilities
Roles Include:
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Architect
  • Infrastructure Engineer 
  • Servers & Storage
  • Distributed Server & Storage
  • Enterprise Storage Manager
  • Storage Services
  • Storage and Backup Operations
Servers, Storage & Backup/Recovery
Roles Include:
  • Desktop Engineering & Operations
  • End User Computing
  • Client Computing Operations
  • End User Computing , I&O
  • Cloud Practice
  • Cloud Service Creation Lead
  • Cloud Ops
  • Domain Leader, Cloud
Mobile, Cloud & Desktop Virtualization
Roles Include:
  • Network Services
  • Enterprise Network Engineering and Delivery
  • Network Engineer
  • Principal Network Architect
  • Telecomm Network Analyst
  • Data Center Services
  •  Virtualization Engagement
  • Change Management
Data Center Networking

What You Will Learn

  • Enable enterprise mobility with a secure bring your own device strategy
  • Explore elements and ramifications of a Web-scale IT approach
  • Rethink how information is delivered, accessed and consumed
  • Ensure your I&O initiatives are fully aligned with business goals and priorities
  • Mitigate infrastructure costs without sacrificing data delivery quality
  • Attract, develop and retain the best data center and I&O talent at every level
  • Deal effectively with space, power and cooling issues
  • Develop the best cloud strategy for your organization

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Features & Benefits

  • Gartner Analyst Sessions: Gartner analysts presenting select research, targeted to your priorities
  • Gartner Analyst One-on-One Meetings: Sit privately for 30 minutes with a Gartner analyst specializing in a topic you'd like to discuss
  • Analyst-User Roundtables: Hear how your colleagues from various industries tackle problems similar to yours.
  • End-User Case Studies: We invite a number of end users to personally present leading-edge case studies and answer questions.
  • Workshops: Intimate workshops provide an opportunity to drill down on specific "how to" topics in a small group environment
  • Exhibitor access: Exclusive access to select exhibitors to make informed decisions.
  • Solution Provider Sessions: Sponsor-led sessions feature some of the market's most fascinating solutions. 
  • Face-to-Face Sponsor Meetings: Discuss your technology requirements with qualified solution providers
  • Group Rate Discount: Maximize your learning by attending as a group
  • Network With Peers: Hundreds of senior business and IT leaders will convene to interact and share their knowledge and objectives
  • Hospitality Suites: Evening receptions ideal for informal networking.

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We're preparing our 2015 agenda which will feature comprehensive tracks to drill down on your hottest I&O topics based on your role, experience level and key focus.


Tracks Presented At Our Last Event

  • Web-Scale IT — Bringing Public Cloud's Best Attributes to the Enterprise
  • IT Operations — Excelling in a Brave New World
  • Developing and Implementing Your Short- and Long-Term Cloud Strategy
  • The Mobility Factor — Driving Every Aspect of Computing
  • Servers and Operating Systems: Navigating Through the Turmoil
  • Rethinking Storage Architectures and Data Management
  • Designing and Managing the Intelligent Data Center
  • Ensuring Your Data Center Network Architecture Reflects Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Challenges
  • IT Cost Optimization — Dealing With Procurement in the Evo
  • IT Leadership — Professional Development and Talent Retention

Hot Topics Covered In 2014

  • Data center infrastructure management
  • Emerging storage architectures and vendors
  • Hybrid cloud computing
  • Business value dashboards
  • BYOD effects on networks

Session Types

  • Keynotes
  • End-user case studies
  • Ask the Analyst
  • Analyst one-on-ones
  • Analyst-user roundtables
  • Workshops
  • Gartner Hype Cycle
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant
  • Technical Insights

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Key Take-Aways from the 2014 Conference


More than 60 Gartner analysts were on hand to interpret and present new Gartner I&O research findings, facilitate topic-specific workshops and roundtables, and consult privately with our largest audience to date. Live audience polling via mobile devices took place throughout the week, providing real-time feedback about attendees’ I&O budgets, priorities, projects and shared challenges.

Key Take-Aways from the 2014 Conference Included:
  • Software-defined storage: Implement initially for noncritical items and invest tactically where more immediate returns can be realized as products; road maps will rapidly evolve over the next three years.
  • Automation: big benefits for today’s and tomorrow’s data center: Designate an automation lead. Document your automation workflows to understand links and overlaps between and among tools and scripts and roles. Develop automation requirements and assess current tool value.
  • Build successful private and public cloud services: Create metrics that measure success — especially agility. Design private clouds with future public cloud interoperability in mind. Engage I&O staff in all aspects of the cloud project. Choose cloud management platforms with rapid ROI (cost or value).
  • Keep your users productive through 2018: Establish a position on BYOD and BYOA. Eliminate irrelevant or dated policies and practices. Stop building for physical environments.
  • The server market is evolving and you need to be prepare: Prepare flexible strategies to handle the coming market and vendor disruptions. Adapt what you purchase and plan useful life of existing infrastructure to handle technology shifts. Exploit technologies that support the shift to a digital business.
  • Cloud storage strategic reality: Capacity pricing is basically identical across major providers and is not a useful point of comparison in provider evaluation. Evaluate services based on operational costs, not capacity costs, and align the use case to the appropriate service.
  • Emerging trends will impact your data center operations: Prepare for organizational disruptions — both internally and externally generated. Assess staff skills based on breadth of knowledge and value to the business, not just value to IT.
  • Data center economics: Benchmark your financial competency and operations excellence. Develop financial tools and processes to monitor and assess IT project financial effectiveness. Develop a plan for I&O innovation that encompasses people, roles and skills, as well as processes that align with business strategy.
  • I&O must embrace the business: Seek champions across the organization to step up with approaches to increase engagement. Leverage the examples and other Gartner engagement research for additional ideas to pilot approaches. Facilitate relationships with key non-IT areas to encourage cross-team collaboration.

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"I found this event valuable to secure our data center and there was a lot of SDx information for us to prepare for the future."

- Cody Neugen , Systems Admin Zodiac Aerospace

"This event really helped me focus on what I need to do to automate my virtual environment. Their experts are extremely knowledgeable, giving me the real-world information I need to make informed decisions."

- Patrick Wescott , Network Analyst FMC Corporation

Optimize Your Attendance

You'll be able to add these Gartner exclusives to your agenda:

  • Admission to all Keynote sessions
  • Two (30 min) Gartner Analyst One-on-Ones
  • Analyst User RoundTables
  • Workshops
  • End-User Case Studies
  • Solution Provider Showcase
  • Two Receptions
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
  • First Time Attendee Orientation Program

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Listen to inspirational guest keynote speakers; hear from Gartner-invited end-user case study speakers – real practitioners with real-world knowledge; and learn from Gartner analysts, – the foremost experts in their areas of focus.

Highlighted Speakers From the 2014 Conference

  • Mike Chuba
    Mike Chuba

    Research VP


  • Dave Russell
    Dave Russell

    VP Distinguished Analyst


  • Ray Paquet
    Ray Paquet

    Managing VP


  • Peter Diamandis
    Peter Diamandis

    Chairman & CEO

    X-Prize Foundation

  • Jason Taylor
    Jason Taylor

    Vice President, Infrastructure


  • Mike Abrashoff
    Mike Abrashoff

    Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author

Wrapping up the 2014 Conference

Mike Chuba
Mike Chuba

Research VP and Conference Chair, Gartner

With a three-part focus on people, processes and technologies, the 33rd annual Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference urged data center and I&O leaders to address both the technical and the nontechnical components of seismic, nonstop change — and to proactively seize every opportunity for innovation.

The three-and-a-half-day event provided a framework for prioritizing projects and initiatives, strategies for managing ongoing disruption and volatility, as well as guidelines for creating and sustaining an I&O culture that supports the needs of a digital enterprise.
  • More than 60 Gartner analysts were on hand to interpret and present new Gartner I&O research findings, facilitate topic-specific workshops and roundtables, and consult privately with our largest audience to date.
  • Live audience polling via mobile devices took place throughout the week, providing real-time feedback about attendees’ I&O budgets, priorities, projects and shared challenges.

What we hear abour our speakers

"This was amazing! 1:1 with Gartner analyst were especially helpful - gave me good ideas of what to work on first when back in the office."

- John Coate , Netops Manager , WA State


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Data Center

The Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference will help you develop a "short list" of technology and service providers who can meet your particular needs. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading technology and service solution providers in a variety of settings.

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Venue & Travel

Las Vegas, Nevada


3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV, United States - 89109

From McCarran Airport Car Rental Center

  • Head north on Gilespie St toward E Arby Ave
  • Turn left onto Hidden Well Rd/E Maule Ave
  • Take the ramp onto I-15 N
  • Merge onto I-15 N
  • Take exit 39 to merge onto Spring Mountain Rd
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto Spring Mountain Rd
  • Turn right onto S Las Vegas Blvd and The Venetian and The Palazzo will be on your left

From Interstate 15
  • Take exit 39 to merge onto Spring Mountain Rd
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto Spring Mountain Rd
  • Turn right onto S Las Vegas Blvd and The Venetian and The Palazzo will be on your left


The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino

Gartner will be reserving a limited block of hotel rooms for attendees of the conference. 
Let us know if you'd like to recieve a notificaiton when booking information is available.

A Note About Accomodations

Gartner has been made aware that a service provider called Exhibition Housing Management has contacted a number of individuals who are attending our conference to offer hotel reservation services. Exhibition Housing Management does not represent Gartner, nor have we authorized them to contact attendees on our behalf.
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