Future Datacentres & Cloud Infrastructure 2021

3-4 February 2021
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Dubai, UAE


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Day 1 - 3rd February 2021
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 09:50

Welcome address by Platinum Sponsor

Jean-Francois De Sousa, Regional Director ME - Data Center Business, Huawei

Jean-Francois De Sousa
09:50 - 10:10

The UAE Federal Network and Cloud Services

  • Overview of datacenter and cloud computing sector within the UAE
  • The UAE federal government effort in establishing community cloud
  • The partnership with the private sector in creating cloud services marketplace

Saeed Belhoul, Director, E-government Operations, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)

Saeed Belhoul
10:10 - 10:30

TOP 10 Trends of Digital Power - Power Digitalization & Creating New Values

  • Driving the future - Artificial intelligence, flash storage and edge computing. What’s next in the digital era?
  • Carbon neutral strategy to accelerate energy transformation with digital technology across all business areas
  • Embracing digital power technologies and efficient strategies is a fundamental

Sanjay Kumar Sainani, Global SVP & CTO - Data Center Business, Huawei

Sanjay Kumar Sainani
10:30 - 10:50

The Consequence of AI in Cybersecurity and Building Resilient Datacenters

Abubakar Latif, Director of Cyber Security, BNET

Abubakar Latif
10:50 - 11:10

Datacentre to Cloud: Digital Transformation and the Evolving Data Security Landscape

  • Need for hybrid solution to get the combined benefits of edge and cloud
  • How important is to conduct a SWOT analysis while incorporating edge in the datacentre?
  • Bridging the gap between edge and cloud by edge caching – understanding the vulnerabilities

Sam Tayan, Managing Director, Zoom Video Communications

Sam Tayan
11:10 - 11:30

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, data center 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
11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:45

Interactive Panel Discussion: Thriving in a Post Pandemic World: Choosing the Right Datacentre Suitable for your Business – Building Resilient & Secure Datacentres

  • How do datacentres cater to the needs of different businesses and who makes the final call? – Building robust datacenter modernizations
  • Ensuring reliability, viability, scalability and network connectivity before moving your infrastructure to the datacentre in a hustle – transforming datacentres in the post covid era
  • Overcoming the trust barrier - choosing the right datacentre provider and how they can help you house your critical infrastructure within their facility. Creating datacenter legacy plans in the light of the pandemic

Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali, Chief Information Officer, AZIZI Developments
Mahmoud Yassin, Head of Infrastructure and Security Operation, United Arab Bank
Mohammad Qattash, Cluster Director - Information Technology, Fairmont The Palm, Dubai
Rajendra Srivastava, Head of IT, IFFCO
Stephen Bowes-Phipps, Senior Data Centre Consultant, PTS

Dr. Syed Mahsud Ali Mahmoud Yassin Mohammad Qattash Rajendra Srivastava Stephen Bowes-Phipps
12:45 - 13:05

Businesses are Faced with Different Challenges Based on Maturity when Adopting Cloud

IT has seen a revolutionary transformation over the past decade, with cloud computing changing the way organisations work and how they serve customers. But adopting and managing the cloud is a challenge, not only migrating complex workloads, but more importantly changing your business model. If you do not change your business model or recognise that public is a continuous IT transformation you will fail.

  • Common challenges encountered in cloud migration
  • Discuss our you shift your business and operating model
  • Performance management and service integration in multi-cloud environment


Spencer Sutton, Solution Architect, MEA, Rackspace

Spencer Sutton
13:05 - 13:25

IT & Cyber Risk Management – The Need to Modernize Operational Risk Management for Cloud and New Technologies

  • How has risk management changed with technology evolution
  • Risk as a business enabler – Avoid just ticking a box
  • What can risk see that you can’t?

Ameet Jugnauth, Head of IT Risk & Governance, Lloyds Banking Group – United Kingdom

Ameet Jugnauth
13:25 - 13:45

Smart Data Center Needs Smart Power

  • Safe, smart and sustainable solutions for data canter electrification and control
  • ABB, your data center partner – Integrating renewables, power, automation and services
  • The ABB Data center proposition – Smart, Safe and Sustainable

Kent Chow, Data Center Segment Leader, AMEA, ABB

Kent Chow
13:45 - 14:30

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

  • In spite of an economic downtown in 2020, cloud spending rose 37% during the first quarter of 2020. Are enterprises transferring their administrative burden to the cloud for benefits beyond infrastructure? – rise of customer demands for cloud computing
  • Leveraging network boosts to optimize IoT connectivity on cloud – the onset of a pandemic has made it more important than ever for organizations to develop a cloud masterplan & adoption
  • How enhanced cybersecurity helps confront privacy issues – how do we shift the focus from detection to prevention?

Abdulrahman Khaiwi, Head of Information Technology, Emirates National Schools
Anshul Srivastav, Global CIO, Government Entity (Confidential)
Elham ElShehhi, Head of Networks & Infrastructure Section, Sharjah Economic Development Department
Jayakumar Mohanachandran, Group CIO, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Krishan Kant Srivastava, Head of IT Infrastructure, Operations & Application, Landmark Group
Sheeba Hasnain, Head of IT Operations - Transportation Systems Department, Government of Sharjah

Abdulrahman Khaiwi Anshul Srivastav Jayakumar Mohanachandran Krishan Kant Srivastava Sheeba Hasnain
14:30 - 14:35


14:35 - 15:35


Day 2 - 4th February 2021
09:00 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Transforming Cities into Safer Places

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Smart Management
  • Smart Decision

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi, Artificial Intelligence Specialist, Abu Dhabi Police

Dr. Humaid Al Shamsi
10:20 - 10:40

Edge Computing’s Impact on the Development of Data Centre Infrastructure in the Near Future

  • New technologies and changing consumer’s behaviors are pathing the way for enterprises to dramatically rethink their processes, operations, and customer experience journey.
  • Edge Computing’s role in resolving increasingly complex and hybrid computing environments where challenges such as latency, bandwidth, and security are paramount

Remi Pouchucq, Business Development Manager - Edge Computing, Small & Medium Data Center – MEA, Schneider Electric

Remi Pouchucq
10:40 - 11:00

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

Hessa Al Nahdi, Chief Information Security Officer, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism

Hessa Al Nahdi
11:00 - 11:20

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

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:40

Interactive Panel Discussion: Hyperscale Datacentre - Making Real-time Decisions Using Unrivalled Quantities of Data & Increased Market Spending

  • Exploring hyperscale datacentre - catering to the needs of increasing data production and storage requirement
  • Hyperscale data center market is expected to register a CAGR of over 21% during 2020-2024.
  • 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?


Eng. Isha Aljassmy, IT Director, Ministry of Energy and Industry
Hugues Kampe, Head of Architecture - IT Data and Cloud, AXA Insurance
John Rippingale, Director - MEA - APAC, Sudlows DMCC
Salam AlSarayrah, Project Manager - Ajman Integration Framework, Department of Digital Ajman
Somnath Sarkar, Global Head of Technology Infrastructure, Mashreq Bank
Zaid Al Husseini, Sr. Project Manager - IT, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Eng. Isha Aljassmy Hugues Kampe John Rippingale Salam AlSarayrah Somnath Sarkar Zaid Al Husseini
12:40 - 13:00

The Human Journey to Cloud

  • Why people are the biggest issue to this type of change?
  • What are the organisational challenges that cause this type of initiative to get derailed?
  • How to formulate strategies to prevent that from happening?

Rick Allan, Head of Delivery Capability, Zurich Insurance Company – United Kingdom

Rick Allan
13:00 - 13:20

Cloud Expansion - Agility & Speed with Your Data in the Cloud

  • Strategic definition and accelerators (cloud formation, binding principles, business engagement)
  • Opportunities for using the cloud to be able to adapt new data technologies and architectures (streaming, serverless)
  • Challenges and risks, and how to address them (regulatory, people, control/security)

Hugues Kampe, Head of Architecture - IT Data and Cloud, AXA Insurance

Hugues Kampe
13:20 - 14:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: A Single Year saw the World Become Digitally Connected & Vulnerable More than Ever-evolving Cybersecurity Landscape

  • With remote working taking precedence in 2020, innumerous security challenges have been reported - What are the methodologies to improve resiliency and protect datacenters/cloud in end-to-end cybersecurity?
  • Role of cybersecurity professionals to conduct due diligence assessment while migrating to cloud and datacentre
  • A flare up of cybersecurity risks in the pandemic - enforcing new standards for devices in a network - aiming at critical services rather than critical infrastructure

Amer Sharaf, Director of Compliance, Support and Alliances, Dubai Electronic Security Centre
Hariprasad Chede, Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank of Fujairah
Hussein Bahgat, Regional Information Security Officer (CISO) Africa and Middle East, UAE, Standard Chartered Bank
Noora Alahbabi, Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy
Saqib Chaudhry, Chief Information Security Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Amer Sharaf Hariprasad Chede Hussein Bahgat Noora Alahbabi Saqib Chaudhry
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:20


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