Data Center World 2022 Bolsters Team with the Addition of Liz Cruz as Conference Director; Bill Kleyman as Program Chair

Conference & Expo Scheduled for March 28-31 in Austin, Texas; Super Early Bird Registration Ends November 30, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Data Center World, the leading global conference for data center facilities and IT professionals, today announces it has bolstered its team with the addition of Liz Cruz as Conference Director and Bill Kleyman as Program Chair for Data Center World Conference & Expo. Data Center World 2022 will take place March 28-31, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Register to attend here.

Given the rapid innovation in data center technologies that are enabling significant improvement in operations and efficiency, Cruz will also take on the helm of Informa Tech’s AFCOM, a member association for data center facilities and IT professionals focused on defining and sharing best practices for data center management. Data Center World is AFCOM’s only global annual gathering of IT and data center professionals. In addition, Cruz will manage the Data Center Efficiency Evolution Program (DEEP), the newest addition to the Informa Tech data center portfolio, that provides IT professionals with guidance and direction on how to operate environmentally conscious data centers.

Cruz has been researching, analyzing and forecasting key technology trends for the data center market for over a decade. In her previous role as Head of Omdia’s Data Center Research Practice, Cruz was a frequent speaker and advisor on adoption and use cases for data center technologies. As the Product Manager for Data Center & IT at Informa Tech, Cruz developed products for data center operators and vendors that span across research, media and events, which provided insight that drove conversation and business partnerships.

“I am ecstatic to join the Data Center World team. Our brands bring together the industry’s best research, content, educational programming and leading experts in the data center field,” said Cruz. “The people and technologies that drive data centers impact everything from powering our cities to predicting climate events. My number one priority will be to provide this mission-critical community with the tools necessary to do their job effectively and efficiently using the latest technologies and best practices.”

Kleyman, contributing editor to AFCOM, Program Chair for Data Center World and Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions for Switch, will continue to serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the 2022 Data Center World Conference & Expo, will lead the development of the conference program and will author the annual state of the data center industry report. For more than 15 years, Kleyman has used the latest innovations, such as AI, machine learning, data center design, DevOps, cloud and advanced technologies to deliver solutions to customers to help them achieve their business goals and remain competitive in their market. An active member in the technology industry, he was ranked #16 globally in the Onalytica study that reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape and #4 in another Onalytica study, which reviewed the industry’s top Data Security Experts.

Cruz added, “In addition, I am looking forward to collaborating with Bill. Our industry knowledge, passion for the data center marketplace and new ideas, will help Data Center World be well positioned to thrive in the years to come.”

Registration for Data Center World 2022, which takes place March 28-31, 2022, in Austin, Texas, is open. Super Early Bird registration expires on November 30. Register here.

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About Data Center World

Data Center World is the global conference for data center facilities and IT professionals. It offers premier education, abundant networking, and the broadest access to best-in-class vendors. Designed to help data center and IT infrastructure professionals with challenging issues, Data Center World presents top quality knowledge without bias towards a specific vendor product or service. Data Center World 2022 will be held March 28-31 in Austin, Texas. Data Center World is brought to you by Informa Tech.


AFCOM advances data center and IT professionals by delivering comprehensive and vendor-neutral education and peer-to-peer networking to its members around the world. Through forward-looking research, AFCOM supports thousands of IT, operations, facilities, builders/designers and vendors working in the data center and IT infrastructure industry. In serving the data center industry for more than 40 years, AFCOM has earned recognition as the market leader in educating, connecting and guiding the data center community.

About Informa Tech

Informa Tech is a market leading provider of integrated research, media, training and events to the global Technology community. We’re an international business of more than 600 colleagues, operating in more than 20 markets. Our aim is to inspire the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through research, media, training and event brands that inform, educate and connect. Over 7,000 professionals subscribe to our research, with 225,000 delegates attending our events and over 18,000 students participating in our training programs each year, and nearly 4 million people visiting our digital communities each month. Learn more about Informa Tech.


Meryl Franzman

Data Center World