Data Centre Real Estate Summit

Investment, development, construction and design strategies for Australia’s Data Centre real estate sector | 30th May, 2024 - Sydney

ABOUT THE EVENT

Data centres, once considered a very alternative asset class that was overshadowed by demand for general warehouses, are now keenly sought by investors as strong occupier demand keeps vacancy rates at record lows.

The growth of the data centre market is being fuelled by data-hungry applications such as e-commerce, cloud gaming, the metaverse and AI, plus the introduction of 5G and the increase in remote work. As a result, a wave of new data centre supply is coming online in Australia, rising 6.8% pa since 2016 and expected to rise a further 4.5% pa until 2026. Investors are also piling in attracted by both the macro growth story and stable long-term returns with $US1.4 billion in data centres traded across the Asia Pacific region in 2022 and $3.8 billion worth of investment into Australian data centres in just the past year.

The Data Centre Real Estate Summit is Australia’s only event focused on real estate and investment strategies. It will bring together all the key global and local players to discuss the national data centre market, new developments and acquisitions, supply and demand dynamics, as well as construction, development, and design trends. The event will feature top level presentations, interactive panel discussions as well as roundtables and networking activities.

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Event Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

Morgan Laughlin - Image

Morgan Laughlin

Managing Director, Global Head Data Centre Investments, PGIM
Matthew Benic - Image

Matthew Benic

Head of Commercial, Keppel DC
Phillipa Weber - Image

Phillipa Weber

Business Development Manager, Data Centres, GAW Capital

Daryl Dunbar

Partner, Digital Infrastructure, Internal Consulting Group (Singapore)
Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell

Managing Director, Global Switch
Gavin Dudley - Image

Gavin Dudley

Vice President of Sales, Macquarie Data Centres
Shalini Lagrutta - Image

Shalini Lagrutta

CEO, DXN Solutions
Paul Dwyer - Image

Paul Dwyer

Head of Data Centres, LOGOS Property

The Program

The Data Centre Real Estate Summit will bring together senior leaders to discuss the following topics: 

Thursday - 30th May, 2024 - Sydney

Conference Schedule

08:00

Main conference registration & morning coffee

09:00

Opening remarks

James Connolly, Conference Producer, Future Place
09:05

Chairmans’ opening address

Daryl Dunbar, Partner, Digital Infrastructure, Internal Consulting Group (Singapore)

THE MACRO OUTLOOK

09:20

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Creating a platform that gives investors access to differentiated data centre products that feature sustainable power generation, network connectivity as well as best in class future-proof designs

Keppel Data Centres develops, owns and operates carrier-neutral data centres for wholesale, build-to-suit and colocation clients. Our portfolio of more than 32 facilities are located in key data centre hubs across Asia Pacific and Europe. In this session we examine: 

  • The opportunities in the commercial function of data centres globally  
  • The development opportunities of new facilities in existing and new markets 
  • Operating carrier-neutral data centres for wholesale, build-to-suit and colocation clients 
  • Fostering the full-spectrum lifecycle services to data centre owners, occupiers and investors 
Matthew Benic, Head of Commercial, Keppel DC
09:45

The evolution of Data Centre design through the 21st century in Australia

The design of data centres in Australia has recently transformed, emphasising energy efficiency and sustainability. Customers now expect the adoption of innovative cooling technologies, renewable energy sources, and modular architectures for flexibility. Enhanced security measures and robust disaster recovery strategies further highlight Australia’s commitment to creating a technologically advanced and environmentally responsible digital infrastructure. Join us in this session as we discuss:  

  • Australian customers require data centres to prioritise energy-efficient design, innovative cooling technologies and renewable energy sources 
  • The adoption of modular and scalable architectures allows for flexibility to meet changing computational needs 
  • There is a heightened focus on security, with the integration of cutting-edge cybersecurity measures to safeguard digital infrastructure 
  • The transformation reflects a commitment to sustainability, reducing carbon footprints through eco-friendly practices and aligning with global trends in data centre efficiency  
Narelle Clark, CEO, Internet Association of Australia
10:05

PANEL DISCUSSION: Navigating the Data Centre landscape - Strategies for success in a dynamic market

The data centre industry is at the forefront of technological advancements, presenting ever- evolving challenges and opportunities. In this panel discussion, experts will provide insights into the macro-outlook of the data centre real estate market, addressing key factors and trends shaping the industry. 

  • Analysing the data centre industry landscape including global and Australian industry trends, growth prospects, and market dynamics 
  • Evaluating data centre resilience, sustainability, and security measures   
  • Examining the impact of emerging technologies such as edge computing, on data centre design and architecture while discussing associated challenges and opportunities 
  • Addressing macro challenges including financial considerations, sustainability goals, land acquisition hurdles, and power demands from AI and machine learning 
Panellists include:
Matthew Benic, Head of Commercial, Keppel DC
Paul Dwyer, Head of Data Centres, LOGOS Property
Morgan Laughlin, Managing Director, Global Head Data Centre Investments, PGIM
Facilitated by:
Daryl Dunbar, Partner, Digital Infrastructure, Internal Consulting Group (Singapore)
10:45

Morning coffee & networking

11:15

Interactive polling

11:20

The impact of AI on the modern data centre

With the rise in the use of AI, we have seen a shift in the way our data centres are operating. In this presentation, we will discuss the medium-long term implications of this shift and what it means for the modern centre.

Mark Deguara, General Manager, Data Centres, Schneider Electric
11:40

Interactive roundtable discussions:

In this session we bring together delegates for a series of 30 minute facilitated round table discussions with leading industry experts. Join the table that most interests you, discuss hot topics and share ideas for solving some of the biggest challenges being faced on the road to net-zero.

Round Table 1: Developing Scope 3 and greater sustainability in DC construction and supply chains
Andrew Green, Associate Director of Data Centre Business, Datacom
Round Table 2: Examining data centre security in a changing threat landscape
Daryl Dunbar, Partner, Digital Infrastructure, Internal Consulting Group (Singapore)
Round Table 3: Data Centre cooling and developing strategies for greater energy efficiency
Beth Gentle, Sydney Chapter Secretary, AFCOM
Round Table 4: A review of the global and Australian data centre industry landscape
Brendan Dessent, Founder & CEO, Computer Room Solutions
Round Table 5: Modernising efficiency and time-to-market: A new approach to data centre design
Round Table 6: How prefabrication and off-site manufacturing of data centres can cost-effectively reduce carbon emissions

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN, BUILD AND OPERATIONS

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancing Data Centre efficiency and sustainability through innovative technology

In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, data centres play a pivotal role in our interconnected world. To meet the growing demand for data processing while minimising environmental impact, data centre sustainability has become a pressing concern. This panel discussion will explore how advanced technology and strategic initiatives are helping data centres optimise their operations, reduce energy consumption, and enhance sustainability. 

  • Providing strategies for enhancing the sustainability of data centres in both operational practices and construction methods 
  • Implementing AI and IoT for predictive maintenance 
  • Combining innovative technology and financing for sustainable data centres 
  • Achieving energy efficiency through smart cooling solutions 
  • Implementing modular data centre design to achieve scalability and flexibility.
Panellists include:
Chris Thorpe, Founder and CEO, Leading Edge Data Centres
Karin Verspoor, Executive Dean, School of Computing Technologies, RMIT
Mark Deguara, General Manager, Data Centres, Schneider Electric
Gavin Dudley, Vice President of Sales, Macquarie Data Centres
13:00

Lunch

14:00

Interactive polling

INNOVATION TALKS

14:05

Advancements in data centre technology and solutions

In this session, you’ll hear from 5 innovative companies providing strategies and solutions to enhance data centre efficiency, security, and sustainability.

Talk 1: Cutting-edge data centre facilities management

Talk 2: Cybersecurity solutions for data centres

Talk 3: Smart data centre infrastructure

Talk 4: Sustainable data centre cooling technologies

Talk 5: Modular data centre solutions

Facilitated by:
Narelle Clark, CEO, Internet Association of Australia

CAPITAL MARKETS PERSPECTIVE

14:45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Examining the investment trends and capital flows across data centres

  • What is the current investor sentiment for data centres globally, and in Australia?  
  • How do you accurately value a data centre asset? 
  • With the Australian Data Centre industry lagging behind the US, how does the panel envision the growth of the Australian market in the coming years?
  • Analysing the influence of global capital flows on data centre investments 
  • What types of tax incentives can be used to drive investment? 
Panellists include:
Adam Bradley, Former Head of Sales, Tech and Data, ASX
Darcy Frawley, Director, Head of Data Centre Capital Markets, CBRE
Phillipa Weber, Business Development Manager, Data Centres, GAW Capital
Alex Moffat, Director, Data Centre Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield
Facilitated by:
Ben Burston, Chief Economist, Knight Frank
15:25

Data Centre construction in the digital age: Accelerating efficiency and speed

Digital twins – virtual replicas of physical assets that can be used to monitor and simulate real-time performance – is emerging as an ever-increasingly common practice and is now propelling progress for data centre developers and operators. By creating a digital twin of a data centre, operators can identify potential issues before they occur and optimise day-to-day operating and maintenance practices to boost reliability and efficiency – meaning this bespoke and specially-designed practice can impact the entire lifecycle of a data centre.

In this session, learn how you can leverage digital twin to fastrack the construction of your Data Centres and improve performance and reliability.

Reserved for partner
15:45

Afternoon drinks & networking break

16:15

CASE STUDY: Empowering regional Australia through a through an interconnected network of Tier III Data Centres

  • Explore how Leading Edge are enabling access to a reliable and cost-effective network of regional data centres 
  • Examine how Data Centres are allowing secure and fast internet access to regional towns  
  • Direct cloud connectivity and carrier service access in regional areas 
  • The affect regional Data Centres have on regional industries 
Chris Thorpe, Founder and CEO, Leading Edge Data Centres

PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS

16:35

PANEL DISCUSSION: Choosing the ideal locations for Data Centres

  • Exploring the impact of rising rental rates and how it affects current and prospective tenants 
  • Adapting strategies for scalability and capacity to meet evolving technological needs  
  • Examining the importance of Data Centre security, access and compliance  
  • Investigating the pros and cons of single and multi-tenant arrangements
Panellists include:
Kate Mitchell, Managing Director, Global Switch
Shalini Lagrutta, CEO, DXN Solutions
Andrew Green, Associate Director of Data Centre Business, Datacom
Facilitated by:
Matt Gurr, Technical Director - Electrical, Buildings & Places, AECOM
17:15

Cocktails & networking

18:00

Close of Summit

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Who Should Partner?

As the Data Centre real estate market accelerates in Australia, organisations that provide investment, design, construction, materials and technology solutions, along with the services ecosystem that sells, manages and maintains Data Centre projects will experience significant new demand. First movers will see big wins.


What better reason to consider becoming a partner at Australia’s most important Data Centre real estate & investment event.


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