Future Datacentres & Cloud Infrastructure 2020

1-2 April 2020
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE


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Day 1 - 1st April 2020
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Next Generation Megatrends - Incorporating new technologies for Future Datacentres

  • Driving the Future - Artificial Intelligence, Flash storage and Edge Computing. What more and what’s next?
  • The urgent need for an upgrade - what are IT Heads considering while integrating the right technologies with sustainable investment strategies
  • What changes can senior management expect in their IT infrastructure while leaping into the realm of quantum computing?
10:00 - 10:20

A modular datacentre ecosystem - equipping 5G services in 2020 and beyond

  • 5G’s effects on datacentre Infrastructure - A holistic view of enabling the 5G network
  • Promising high resiliency and lower latency using 5G network
  • Delivering consistent transmission of a network to lever the increased amount of data produced – making the case for 5G in the region
10:20 - 10:40

A hybrid future – connecting your cloud and setting a new standard for future IT infrastructure

  • Adopting the Hybrid Cloud strategy – why “MULTI” matters
  • Addressing the skills gap in a hybrid cloud era: Why should organizations invest in upskilling the current workforce?
  • Data “as a security” economy – governing data protection, security & privacy
10:40 - 11:00

Connecting servers, switches and storage using fiber optics - coping with data speed and data volume

  • Getting the most of your Fiber Optic Infrastructure and addressing the need for speed to support datacentre traffic in the region
  • How can a well-planned cabling infrastructure solve reliability & scalability? Who’s the expert?
  • Providing high-speed connectivity solutions and saying goodbye to the copper in the datacentre
11:00 - 11:40

CIO Panel: IT Infrastructure in the age of datacentre and cloud – addressing the 3c’s “Concerns, Challenges, and Costs”

  • The Future of Datacentre and Cloud - Integrating modern technologies to support evolving infrastructure
  • Ensuring the safety and security of data and obtaining data ownership while migrating the infrastructure to cloud
  • Responsibility of CIO - taking a helicopter view of the organization and bringing technology into the business strategy
  • Working across various functional and departmental barriers to assemble the nuts and bolts
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Choosing the right Datacentre suitable for your business – who’s the best judge?

  • How do datacentres cater to the needs of different businesses and who makes the final call?
  • Ensuring reliability, viability, scalability and network connectivity before moving your infrastructure to the datacentre in a hustle
  • Overcoming the trust barrier - choosing the right datacentre provider and how they can help you house your critical infrastructure within their facility
12:50 - 13:10

Automating IT and datacentre management - tapping sensor - based tracking system in modern datacentres

  • What’s the right fit for your organization - active RFID or passive RFID solution?
  • Reducing risks and increasing efficiency in datacentres by using real-time asset sensors
  • Identifying customized RFID solutions to better manage datacentre in your enterprise
13:10 - 13:30

An outlook of datacentre cooling technologies - latest trends and developments

  • Lowering utility bills and creating environmentally friendly datacentres with more advanced and efficient cooling technologies – achieving success in hot and dry environments
  • Meeting the rising demand for eco-friendly and cost-effective cooling solutions in the region
  • Addressing key challenges like installation & maintenance costs, carbon emissions and electricity consumption
13:30 - 14:10

CISO Panel: Evolving the cybersecurity landscape to respond to growing threats

  • Role of cybersecurity professionals to conduct due diligence assessment while migrating to cloud and datacentre
  • What are the new challenges to improve resiliency and protect datacentres and cloud in end-to-end cybersecurity?
  • Enforcing new standards for devices in a network - aiming at critical services rather than critical infrastructure.
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:50


Day 2 - 2nd April 2020
09:00 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Green datacentres - environmentally sustainable IT infrastructure

  • Need for greening up the datacentre - understanding the impact of the digital world on the planet
  • Retaining efficiency whilst reducing environmental impact – why is green technology important?
  • THE GREEN PLAN – are solution providers promising datacentres to run on renewable energy and what’s in it for you?
10:20 - 10:40

Entering the era of a circular economy - Creating a sustainability paradigm

  • How can organizations embrace the circular economy approach in keeping with the pace of ever-changing technology?
  • Strategizing the 3R’s - Refurbish, Reuse and Recycle to efficiently manage the electrical waste
  • Restoring and regenerating the products to avoid exhausting the planet’s resources more than it can provide
10:40 - 11:00

Datacentre infrastructure management solutions are a one-stop shop for all datacentres – Myth or Reality?

  • Addressing the most important business needs first – how DCIM can be deployed in stages and thus ruling out the fact that one size fits all
  • Automating datacentres with DCIM can streamline operations and improve reliability but who’s talking about it?
  • Decoding market reality - Are there vendors offering DCIM solutions that should be closely evaluated those match organizational requirements?
11:00 - 11:20

Reshaping the datacentre model with Edge network and IoT

  • Edge Intelligence - building the last pillar of artificial intelligence combined with edge computing
  • Mitigating the workload of datacentre - achieving zero latency at the edge
  • Reducing network bandwidth and cloud storage cost by processing IoT data at the edge
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Hyperscale datacentre - making real-time decisions using unrivalled quantities of data

  • Exploring hyperscale datacentre - catering the needs of increasing data production and storage requirements
  • Addressing the increased demand for Cloud – how hyperscale datacentres are invading the ecosystem?
  • Addressing the largest operational expense in most datacentres – how hyperscale datacentres maximize cooling efficiency?
12:30 - 12:50

Colocation datacentres on the rise - turning hype into reality

  • Will co-locating your IT infrastructure mean giving up the security of your datacentres into someone else’s hands?
  • Evaluating desired colocation facilities before moving the database and IT infrastructure
  • On-premise datacentres vs colocation datacentre – identifying the right fit for your business strategy
12:50 - 13:10

The dramatic evolution of roles within Infrastructure & Operation - adopting new skills to support existing business strategies and being future prepared

  • Need of the hour - should organizations invest in their infrastructure and operations divisions team to adopt new skill sets? What are the challenges and impact?
  • IT requirements are changing and the pace in which technology is advancing how important is it to design new strategies and ensure continuous security
  • Rethinking the legacy approach is critical to support fast-paced digital transformation methods – is the management on the same page?
13:10 - 13:30

The era of cloud computing: To achieve greater business agility are CIO’s now looking at serverless?

  • As IT leaders focus on their digital agenda is “automation and transformation” the new answer
  • Scalability: Focusing on the business rather than the infrastructure to accommodate changing business requirements
  • The future of cloud – how can the host and the customer benefit?
13:30 - 14:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Exploring the Market Dynamics Behind the Move towards Cloud Technology – An Interactive Discussion

  • Are enterprises transferring their administrative burden to the cloud for benefits beyond infrastructure?
  • Leveraging network boosts to optimize IoT connectivity on cloud – exploring advantages & gains
  • How enhanced cybersecurity helps confront privacy issues – how do we shift the focus from detection to prevention?
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:50


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1-2 April 2020

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