Future Datacentres & Cloud Infrastructure 2019

8-9 April 2019
Habtoor Grand Resort
Dubai Marina, UAE


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Day 1 - 8th April 2019
08:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 09:50

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

09:50 - 10:00

Welcome remarks by Premium Sponsor

10:00 - 10:20

The Future of Datacentres: Delivering IT Infrastructure for the Digital Age in the Middle East

  • A sneak peek into the datacentres of the future & how the future starts with datacentres
  • How has customer demand driven the acceptance of datacentres in the region and what’s being done to house valuable customer data locally
  • Other deciding factors in building modern datacentres & shaping IT networks of the future
10:20 - 10:40

Going Hybrid – Developing Facilities of the future

  • Embracing the hybrid generation and how hybrid infrastructures can help organizations transform
  • Is your organization ready to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy?
  • Modernising the datacentre – bridging legacy & cloud
10:40 - 11:00

Green Data Centers - Turning to Clean Energy Sources

  • Achieving energy efficient Datacentres, addressing energy consumption and enabling CIO’s to deliver cost effective business solutions
  • Use of renewable energy: minimizing environmental impact & preferred ways of going green & sustainable
  • Challenges of adopting green Datacentres
11:00 - 11:20

Transforming the Data Center Infrastructure: Enter Blockchain Technology

  • Value add or is it more hype?
  • Blockchain and Cloud – changing the datacentre architecture fundamentally
  • What does datacentre Integration & blockchain mean? Who’s seen the benefits & drawbacks?
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Advancing Datacentre Innovation

  • Let’s start with the edge – how edge computing & IoT is gaining immense popularity?
  • Self-Managing Datacentres and the future of AI in Datacentres
  • Other emerging technologies and innovations that drive Datacentre modernization
12:10 - 12:50

Panel Discussion: CIO’s debate – Next Generation Datacentres & getting ready for the future of IT

  • The New Role of the CIO and its Impact on Datacentre Operations
  • Challenges CIO’s face when selecting the right type of cloud infrastructure and provider
  • Future of Green IT – A CIO’s take
12:50 - 13:10

In a Competitive Environment how can one identify the right Datacentre Provider?

  • A company’s goodwill helps create business value. What are the other factors that matter while selecting a datacentre provider?
  • Effects of a strong datacentre infrastructure on companies operations.
  • What are the challenges associated with selecting the right datacentre provider?
13:10 - 13:30

Protecting Datacentre in the Cybersecurity Age

  • Securing beyond the physical perimeter of the datacentre
  • What should organizations do to protect themselves and their data against cyber-attacks?
  • How important is it to design datacentres with cyber security prevention right from the planning stages?
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:10

Panel Discussion: Future proofing your Data Center – Mapping out a game plan for IT professionals to help them navigate for a better tomorrow

  • Meeting the growing demands within datacentres and protecting the inside out
  • Harnessing the power of Software-defined Datacentre
  • Power, space and capability – evaluating your Datacentres’s expansion capacity
15:10 - 15:30

Hyperscale Data Centers – Who can we learn from and why should the region care

  • Will the increasing need for cloud and data analytics lead to this development
  • Can hyperscale datacentres increase cloud adoption in the region?
  • Understanding the importance and what are the business drivers around the growth of hyperscale datacentres
15:30 - 15:50

The Future of Cloud Providers and Vendor Solutions

  • Cloud Services are said to be the engine for future developments, what is the involvement of cloud providers in delivering the same?
  • Product value creation and Vendor performance, are they the base of differentiation?
  • Accelerators, Innovators, Challengers and Emerging Players, how do these parameters help drawing decisions for businesses?
15:50 - 16:10

The Cultural Shift to the Cloud

  • What are the barriers and considerations while moving from traditional infrastructure to cloud infrastructure
  • How can organizations extract more value when they transform their cultures?
  • How does hiring for a cultural fit aggrandize the organization's DNA?
16:10 - 16:20


16:20 - 16:50


Day 2 - 9th April 2019
09:00 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Latest Advances in Cooling Technologies that could be adopted in the GCC Region for Modern Datacentres

  • Reduce costs, space, noise, carbon footprint and improve reliability and performance - Is liquid cooling technology the future?
  • Is the switch from air to liquid simple?
  • Overcoming barriers to adoption of liquid cooling in datacentres
10:20 - 11:00

Are Colocation Datacentres on the Rise?

  • In-House Datacentre Management VS Datacentre Colocation
  • Factors IT Directors must consider before moving their data to co-located data facility
  • What’s Next for Datacentre Colocation
11:00 - 11:20

Need for Speed: 5G and its Impact on Future Datacentres

  • Preparation, challenges and potential
  • Do CIOs really do need to be planning now?
  • A detailed look into the role of the datacentre in the 5G ecosystem
11:20 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:20

Moving to an All-Flash Data Storage - Far but True

  • IT leaders must consider the cost versus capabilities and the value it delivers
  • Are storage customers considering they’ll operate an all-flash datacentre within the next five years?
  • Meeting the data protection challenges of the All-Flash Datacentre
12:20 - 13:00

Panel Discussion: Will AI and Cloud kill jobs or create new jobs? Fact or Fiction.

  • Life after cloud – are companies moving datacentre workloads to cloud?
  • Why IT Professionals and datacentre technicians should reskill and skill up to familiarize with cloud products
  • Balancing job loss in datacentres due to AI versus meeting the number of increased jobs in the AI industry
13:00 - 13:40

Cloud Computing or Datacenters – Converging IT and facilities

  • With digital transformation driving industries today, what technology supports the industry best to achieve set goals?
  • How will Data Centre Infrastructure Management adaption drill down the level of desired granularity?
  • How does the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure make like easier for storage controller?
  • What are the latest trends driving the adoption of data center infrastructure managements?
13:40 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:30


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