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Nov 18 2015

Opening Plenary Keynote: The Transformation from Vendor-led to Open-based, Disaggregated, Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure

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Senior-most executives from leading open-source organisations reveal the profound implications of the changing game (and business). These experts GPS-locate us on the roadmap from vendor-driven, closed, proprietary, monolithic technology to open-sourced, knowledge-community-designed, distributed technology. Why is this important? Cost, transparency, efficiency, agility, speed, performance, and resilience. These expert crowd-sourced innovation engines are rewriting the rulebooks and the economics for the provision of data center and cloud technology services


Panel: Data-centre-as-a-service: Tackling the education sector’s IT challenges via shared data center facilities

Dr. David Fergusson, Head of Scientific Computing, The Francis Crick Institute Dr. Richard Christie , Assistant Director for Research, IT Services, Queen Mary University of London Jeremy Sharp, Head of Strategic Technologies, JANET (UK) Spencer Lamb, Client Director , Infinity SDC

University IT leaders grapple with how to advance research in an era where big data and big science is increasingly placing demands on their IT infrastructure. Should universities run their own data centers or outsource? This panel will examine the technological, regulatory and business aspects of a shared facility and evaluate how this can increase efficiency of the IT infrastructure supporting HPC environments:

  • A closer look into the establishment of UK’s first collaborative research data centre
  • Overcoming legacy systems challenges
  • Security and privacy concerns with offloading business-critical data onto shared infrastructure
  • Understanding and knowledge of EU procurement rules
  • Helping universities with their journey towards the cloud- is public cloud a viable future for the sector?

Design + Strategy

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Infinity

Roundtable: Human resources and the data center

How does the industy deal will a skills gap? How are skills gaps even defined in such a fast-paced industry? The mission of this triple session (2h00) is to help human resources professionals understand how they can better manage the personnel pressures of facilities and IT operations departments.

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Datacenter People

Panel: The global IT transformation change: How Industry 4.0 and the cloud is reshaping your data center strategy

Darius Jackson Ryals , VP, Global Technology Infrastructure Services , Nike Dave Nelson, Regional Sales Manager, Piller Martin Heisig , SVP, Infrastructure Services , SAP Teoman Buyan, Group CIO Europe, Asia, Africa, Head of Global Infrastructure , Coca-Cola

It’s all about the data! It’s time to take notice of the Ubers and AirBnBs of the world and start building your data center strategy around big data and the cloud. Examine the essential features of the modern data center in the IoT era, and map out the path towards the intelligent, automated and self-managed data center of tomorrow – what do you need to do to get there?


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Challenging public cloud Economics

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The cost-per-mW in the delivery of hybrid cloud capacity, by applying open-source  principles in the design, build and delivery of data centers, can reach a point to challenge the per-mW costs that public cloud providers are achieving. This panel discusses how that’s possible.

 

 

Stacking IT

Morning coffee and networking in the Expo with rapid-fire 15 minute presentations on the Solution Stages

CIOs as business leaders and the need to look at cloud from a business innovation perspective

Piers Linney, Co-CEO, Outsourcery

The profitability of many companies now depends on effective technology, making the CIO central to business decision making. However, many IT leaders are struggling to understand how cloud computing can fuel innovation and what it means to changing how technology is used throughout organization’s.

Piers Linney will discuss what innovation means in the cloud era, the significance of this for the changing role of CIOs, their relationships with the c-suite, and how IT leaders need to think more than ever before as business innovators.

App > Cloud

PANEL: The petabyte data center –how to manage, store and access your large data sets

Dave Brown, Head of Informatics Infrastructure , Genomics England Doron Kempel, Chairman & CEO, SimpliVity

Organisations today are harnessing enormous amount of unstructured data.  As data grows, it becomes harder and harder to reap the benefits from an economically sustainable point. Every bit of this data needs to be readily accessible, easily transferred and stored, putting new demands on the compute and storage systems in a data center.  Examine how you can manage, store and access your data more efficiently and which approach is suitable for your data storing. 

IT + Networks

“Sensorfication” and the industrial IoT in the data center

Finally all the pieces are in place and ready to instrument, sense and monitor the data center the way it should be, from the external microgrid to the IT and network load. Who's now doing it, and what's it look like? What's missing? Does this by-pass the mire of DCIM, or does it make it even more relevant? Discuss.

Stacking IT

Leading the way in the intelligent data center facility

Roland Huempfner, Vice President UPS and Inverter Product Line, Huawei

Traditional data center facility is facing multi-faceted challenges that include high CAPEX, high energy consumption, inefficient operation and management, low availability, and other issues. This session will offer practical solutions, showing how Huawei solves these issues through its intelligent data center implementation approach. 

Critical Environment

Simplifying and unifying large-scale IT services in the public sector

Dave Brown, Head of Informatics Infrastructure , Genomics England Magnus Falk, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Cabinet Office Steve Hall, CEO, Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited

With reduced budgets and an array of legacy IT, how can the consolidated approach help public sector organisations’s to streamline their IT delivery? Leading public sector IT experts will debate:

  • Assessing the benefits of the pay-as-you-use model and vendor lock-in liberation in the “cloud first” era
  • Examining energy efficiency of communal data centers
  • The challenges of government use of cloud services for public service delivery
  • Mitigating security risks involved in shared hosting facilities
  • Application topology and planning your migration to the cloud

App > Cloud

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What’s your cloud-ability

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Issues of interoperability, compatibility, and portability perpetually challenge IT shops everywhere and unnecessarily delay the move towards the true, software-defined, data-driven data center. The session focuses on how "open" interfaces help to solve this problem. 

Stacking IT

Roundtable: DevOps and the data center

Adopting the DevOps movement in your IT department can mean faster delivery, more collaboration between teams and better processes overall. These benefits extend both to cloud businesses and traditional enterprise data centers. What are the challenges to adoption?

Idea Labs

Colocation procurement- Evaluating data center and colocation high-availability service delivery

Nicola Hayes, Managing Partner, Andrasta Consulting Tim Anker , Founder and Director, The Colocation Exchange

Does the data center you move your servers to have the infrastructure in place to both provide excellent service, as well as protect your valuable data? Choosing the correct sourcing partner is critical to your mission. The 10-year outsourcing contract is being replaced by a shorter and more flexible engagement structure featuring multiple suppliers. This panel will debate key procurement considerations such as choosing between international vs. regional providers and debate challenges with colo pricing models, direct connectivity and carrier neutrality, design and cloud services.

Design + Strategy

Adopting Open Compute: The Fidelity Investments & Goldman Sachs enterprise experience

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The Open Compute Project offers a tremendous value proposition for enterprises of all types and sizes. Goldman Sachs and Fidelity Investments have been involved with Open Compute since its inception in 2011 where both companies continuing to design & deploy Open Compute based solutions.  As a result the two companies have gained great insights through their participation in the Open Compute community and will share their experiences over the years.

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Lunch Briefing: Singtel – Essential Insights for your Data Center Investment in Asia

WaiMun Heng, Head of Hosting and Cloud Services Business Products, Group Enterprise, Singtel

Are you looking to expand your business in Asia? What are the intricacies of expanding into Asia? Learn more about the data center landscape in this region as we examine the latest developments, regulations and growth areas here. We take a closer look at the advantages, challenges and opportunities of operating in key Asian countries – and why Singapore and Hong Kong, the 2 leading business-friendly hubs, can offer the best options as a base for your regional operations. Discover the ICT capabilities that will help you springboard into the region.

This session is by invitation only

Idea Labs

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Singtel

Lunch and networking in the Expo with rapid-fire 15 minute presentations on the Solution Stages

Roundtable: Marketing analytics and the data Center

As marketing organisations morph into technology departments what are the repercussions in terms of IT sourcing and digital strategy? When does big data become too big for in-house IT departments to handle? And how big a burden on budgets is shadow IT? 

Idea Labs

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Coca Cola’s journey to the cloud

Teoman Buyan, Group CIO Europe, Asia, Africa, Head of Global Infrastructure , Coca-Cola

Cloud solutions are on every enterprise CXO’s agenda as we move into 2016 with public cloud uptake gaining serious momentum this year. Whilst the benefits are clear, the migration to the cloud poses several challenges.

 What part of your IT should sit in a public private or hybrid cloud, and how do you overcome data mobility and security challenges?  Join Coca Cola on their journey to the cloud.

App > Cloud

All-Conference Keynote: Exploring the true virtual data center - converged, software-defined

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Advanced “third-platform” hyperscale data centers are evolving to consolidating and software defining the full IT stack. This converged SDN, SDS, SDC transformation cuts capital cost, improves utilization of the full infrastructure stack and delivers significant business value, not only in optimizing IT resources but by advancing the competitive nimbleness of the enterprise.

Designing the whole eco-system, data-driven data center

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In order to build truly data-driven data centers the whole stack must be connected.  To orchestrate your workload in real-time, the “North-bound” IT stack and “South-bound” facilities stack, traffic must be able to integrate, communicate and automate. Getting there, however, is a journey. This panel shares their own “open” journey of discovery and opines on where they think the industry is headed. 

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Making sense of DCIM and delivering on its hype - navigating through the complexities of current solutions

DCIM solutions are too complex and granular. Many vendors are offering DCIM solutions but do not provide guidance on how to implement DCIM, resulting in a lack of adoption of DCIM solutions across various enterprise verticals. This session looks at DCIM deployment, operations and lifecycle management in order to get the most out of the software on offer. What needs to be done to increase real-world implementation?

Critical Environment

The business case for data centre sustainability

Robert Tozer, Managing Director, Operational Intelligence

Energy efficiency has become increasingly important in the data centre industry, driven by rising energy prices, environmental legislation, corporate social responsibility pressures and competition. A useful method of assessment is Life cycle assessment (LCA) which defines areas of protection as climate change, ecosystem quality, human health and resource depletion.

This session will discuss key data centre sustainability issues identified by life cycle assessment studies for data centres and examine how the industry should approach its environmental responsibilities in order to capitalise on the business opportunity as well as demonstrate sustainable leadership.

 

Design + Strategy

Ready for Open Infrastructure? What we’ve learned so far…

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IT pros representing different industries reveal learning's from implementing open-infrastructure solutions and provide insights for shops evaluating it. To be discussed: a) defining open infrastructure, b) when/why to consider; c) implications of open infrastructure and likely impacts on existing IT processes, resources; d) new skills requirements; e) impact of open on the current I&O management model; f) serviceability; g) financial considerations, planning  and understanding.

Stacking IT

Panel: Recycle your data center waste heat!

Ari Kurvi, Data Center Manager, Yandex Dr. Jens Struckmeier, Founder and CTO, Cloud and Heat Technologies Lawrence Orsini, Principal , Project Exergy

Economically viable, sustainable heat distribution- how can your data center turn into an energy prosumer?

Examine the various innovations in reusing excess data center heat to generate district heating across various European cities. Hear about the different solutions and innovations from leading implementers.


Critical Environment

Panel: Software-defined data centers – realising the practical realities of a software-defined future

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By 2030, the amount of data is forecasted to have grown to 1 Yottabyte. The SDDC is a development that will prepare for the yottabyte traffic coming our way. But there’s confusion in the industry over what it is and what it can do. This panel will look at the realities of SDDC and evaluate how far we are from the software-defined data center and what we need to do to get there:

· What technology is already in place?
· SDDC in the enterprise vs. SDDC in hyper-scale environments
· Is OpenStack the way forward in realising the SDDC?

 


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