Future Datacentres & Cloud Infrastructure 2019

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


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Day 1 - 8th April 2019
08:20 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:25

Official Ceremony

09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40

Welcome Address by Guest of Honor

Dr. Esam Al Falasi, IT Director, Ministry of Economy

Dr. Esam Al Falasi
09:40 - 10:10

Datacentres - The main block of the internet and information processing power

  • How does datacentres vary in shapes and sizes ranging from mega datacentres to micro pre-fabricated ones?
  • The spread of the datacentres isn’t limited to land only, it can be spread in the oceans, mountains and can exist above and below grounds. Datacentres will not be limited to the earth in the future and will expand to the space and to all the places where the information is generated
  • With the emergence of new technologies in computations such as quantum computing, datacentres will need to change its infrastructures in order to cater for the requirements of quantum computers. Do we need operators and managers of datacentres in the future or are we going to rely on AI to do the job. With quantum computing, physicists are coming back to the picture. After inventing the Internet, they need to guide us how to manage the computers with the spooky phenomena and how to keep the atoms happy and controlled

Dr. Sabri Al-Azazi, Executive Director, Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship

Dr. Sabri Al-Azazi
10:10 - 10:30

How to accelerate your datacentre for every workload

  • Today’s datacentre needs to support AI, deep learning, data analytics and other emerging technologies while still supporting LOB applications and workflows
  • NVIDIA’s technologies are transforming the datacentre through scalable, AI ready infrastructure while also reducing costs and energy consumption
  • Examples of business transformation at scale with NVIDIA technologies, from the datacentre to the cloud and the edge

Jaap Zuiderveld, Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, NVIDIA

Jaap Zuiderveld
10:30 - 10:50

History of UAE with Innovation

  • Inserting innovation in the machinery of UAE government
  • Examples of Innovation in Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority

Malik Al Madani, Chief Innovation Officer, Director of Strategy and the Future Department, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority

Malik Al Madani
10:50 - 11:10

High Performance IT Infrastructure at the Edge IT, over the Fog and in Hyperscales
AI, IoT, Big Data are expanding the demand of data acquisition. The processing and execution against the findings does occur centrally and also in remote locations. These complex systems require besides solid standardization in the basic IT infrastructure absolute reliability across multiple locations, environments and sites, for performance assurance and in the context of cybersecurity. The further expansions demand scalability from day one.

Panduit will show how to translate the demand and requirements:

  • Into Architectures
  • Into Standards

...and you will discover how to manage and ensure the capacities required.

Michael Akinla, Manager, Technical Systems Engineers - EMEA, Panduit Europe Ltd

Michael Akinla
11:10 - 11:50

Panel Discussion: Next Generation Datacentres & getting ready for the future of IT

  • The New Role of CIO and IT heads and its Impact on Datacentre Operations
  • Challenges CIO’s face when selecting the right type of cloud infrastructure and provider
  • Future of Green IT

Binoo Joseph, Chief Information Officer, EMAAR Group
Dinesh Ramesh, Regional Sales Director, Gigamon
Eman Mohamed Al Khayyal, Chief Information Officer, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority
Hamed Obaid Areidat, Head of Infrastructure & Operations, Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship
Hashim Saeed, Head of Information Technology, AZIZI Group
Kumar Prasoon, Group Chief Information Officer (CIO), Safeer Group – Century Malls
Noman Rasheed, CIO, Noor Bank

Binoo Joseph Dinesh Ramesh Eman Mohamed Al Khayyal Hamed Obaid Areidat Hashim Saeed Kumar Prasoon Noman Rasheed
11:50 - 12:20


12:20 - 12:40

A Case for Circular Economy in the Datacentre Industry

  • The challenges industry growth poses
  • How circular can help
  • Design consideration for successful transition

Armand Verstappen, Manager Site Operations, eBay Classifieds Group

Armand Verstappen
12:40 - 13:00

How to Better Manage Your Cloud Infrastructure

  • On-premise or off, you have powerful tools available to maximize the value of your infrastructure and you demand more visibility and operational control. Fortunately, datacentre management tools keep a vigil on memory contestation, power, thermal consumption, server health, and utilization, allowing better control no matter your cloud’s shape. In this session, learn how Intel software tools enable real-time monitoring and precise management to lower operational costs and optimize infrastructure for today even as you’re forecasting for tomorrow.

Jeff Klaus, General Manager, Data Center Management Solutions, Intel

Jeff Klaus
13:00 - 13:20

Choosing the Right Partner to Secure the Cloud

Digital transformation is driving heterogeneous cloud adoption within the enterprise, including private cloud, public and hybrid cloud and software as a service. At the same time, concerns about security, privacy, and compliance have remained key cloud adoption and migration issues. Addressing these requires a multi-cloud security approach that can mitigate the risk of the expanded attack surface across both on-premises and multiple IaaS and SaaS environments

Tony Zabaneh, Team Lead, Systems Engineering, Fortinet

Tony Zabaneh
13:20 - 13:40

ICT Cooling solutions for GCC countries by M.E. How to reduce cooling TCO in GCC countries under:

  • Very harsh ambient conditions (max outdoor temperature > 50°C)
  • IT application diversity: cooling modularity & scalability
  • Monitoring & optimization on ICT cooling applications


Leonardo Favero, IT Cooling Segment Sales Director, Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics

Leonardo Favero
13:40 - 14:20

Panel Discussion: Future proofing your Datacentre – 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’ expansion capacity
  • Firewalls, encryption and private, password-protected servers - keeping the online threats at bay

Aftab Hameed Khan, Head of IT Department, Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group
Hanin Mohamed AlMuhallabi, Head of Technical Infrastructure Section, Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority
Khawar Fayez, Head of Unit – Network, Abu Dhabi City Municipality
Krishan Kant Srivastava, Head of IT Infrastructure, Operations & Application, Landmark Hospitality
Rajendra Srivastava, Head of IT Infrastructure, IFFCO Group of Companies
Safdar Zaman, Head Of IT Strategy and Governance, Nakheel PJSC

Aftab Hameed Khan Khawar Fayez Krishan Kant Srivastava Rajendra Srivastava Safdar Zaman
14:20 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30


Day 2 - 9th April 2019
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Reimagining Government Cloud Services

  • Building a heterogeneous vendor-agnostic datacentre
  • Accelerating project visibility with reduced latency and ensuring efficiency

Meshal Bin Hussain, Director Information Technology, Ministry of Finance

Meshal Bin Hussain
10:20 - 10:40

From Cost Center to a Profit Center - A Digital Transformation Story

  • How cloud impacts the value of IT
  • Cloud empowered value propositions
  • Unlocking new potentials

Rami Al-Haddad, Group Chief Information Officer, National Aviation Services (NAS)

Rami Al-Haddad
10:40 - 11:00

Secure Cloud Adoption with Next Generation Data and Cloud Security

  • Datacentres are moving to the cloud, but how can we avoid fragmentation and blind-spots in this journey
  • Data discovery, and protection best practices for hybrid and cloud datacentres
  • Governance, and compliancy for regulations may slow down cloud adoption. How to use security best practices to safely enable cloud adoption

Ozgur Danisman, Head of Sales Engineering, Emerging Markets, Forcepoint

Ozgur Danisman
11:00 - 11:40

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

Amani Mahmood Mohd Saeed AlJassmi, IT Director, Dubai Health Authority
Elham AL Shehhi, Head of Networks & Infrastructure Section, Sharjah Economic Development Department
Faisal Ali, Group Chief Information Officer, Gargash
Hala Alhashmi , IT Chief Officer, Sharjah National Oil Corporation
Hariprasad Chede, Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank of Fujairah
Hussain Al-Fardan, Head of Innovation Center, Dubai Customs

Amani Mahmood Mohd Saeed AlJassmi Faisal Ali Hala Alhashmi  Hariprasad Chede Hussain Al-Fardan
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:30

Bringing on the Cloud – A Case Study on Cloud Transformation

  • Harnessing the power of Cloud ERP
  • Cloud Transformation – Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Mobile Driven Workforce in a manufacturing industry

Jayakumar Mohanachandran, Head of IT, Precision Group

Jayakumar Mohanachandran
12:30 - 12:50

Powering Up the Next Generation Datacentres

  • Improving Datacentre Efficiency, Reliability and Life-Time Cost
  • Datacentres as Energy Hub to the grid

Abdullah Alharbi, Engineering Specialist and Site Lead at Corporate Data Center, Saudi Aramco

Abdullah Alharbi
12:50 - 13:10

The Future of AI in the Datacentre

  • How artificial intelligence will self-manage the datacentre?
  • AI to improve efficiency of datacentres.

Mahmoud Farhan, Head of ITG - Infrastructure Service, Arab National Bank

Mahmoud Farhan
13:10 - 13:50

Panel Discussion: The Preference of the Industry - Cloud or Datacentre?

  • With digital transformation driving industries today, what technology supports the industry best to achieve set goals?
  • With cloud taking the region by storm, which is the best-suited cloud for the industry?
  • Will datacentres thrive in the region given the digital boom?
  • How is the Datacentres less prone to cybercrimes compared to Cloud?

Amer Sharaf, Director of Compliance Support and Alliances, Dubai Electronic Security Center
Anshul Srivastav, Chief Information Officer & Digital Officer, Union Insurance
Justin S. Thiraviyam, Head of IT, Avivo Group
Sajid Hussain, General Manager, Gulf Manufacturing
Satyan Abraham, Director - ICT, DXB Entertainments (Dubai Parks and Resorts)
Shafik Hasna, Senior IT Expert, Ministry of Economy

Amer Sharaf Anshul Srivastav Justin S. Thiraviyam Sajid Hussain Satyan Abraham Shafik Hasna
13:50 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00


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8-9 April 2019

Habtoor Grand Resort
Dubai Marina, UAE



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