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May 04 2015

Opening address: Positioning the Middle East as a key IT Hub on the global map

Bruce A. Taylor, EVP North America, DatacenterDynamics

Keynote Address – Vision 2021: Transforming the UAE into a knowledge‐based economy through state-of-the-art technology

H. E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority UAE

The UAE owns one of the most advanced ICT infrastructures in the world, largely accredited to comprehensive government support of ICT infrastructure as a critical enabler of economic diversification, efficiency and modernisation. Under the Vision 2021 the UAE aspires to be among the best countries in the world by 2021, with technology being one of the pillars enabling a knowledge-based society.

With the creation of smart initiatives such as eGovernment and mGovernment, 2015 sees the roll-out of the UAE Federal Government Network, in support of the Smart Nation vision. With the federal network, the UAE has reached a fundamental milestone in integrating and offering government services through cloud solutions and Virtual Data Centers, hereby establishing an agile and scalable infrastructure capable of meeting future demands and realising Vision 2021. 


Morning Coffee, Networking, Expo and Solution Stages

Panel: The value of the Middle East cloud market – tapping into regional cloud growth

Nasser Ahmed , Lead Cloud Specialist , Google Middle East Safdar Zaman, Head of IT Strategy and Governance, Nakheel PJSC Shah Sheikh, Co-Founding Member of UAE Chapter, Cloud Security Alliance Simon Bradford, Cloud Technologies Director, Microsoft

Public cloud is expected to gain ground in the region as global cloud providers increase their footprint in the Middle East. Vendors are increasingly offering software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions through local data centers, which could unlock economic growth. Our global market experts will evaluate: 

  • Latency and security challenges for public cloud solutions
  • Environmental and regulatory market-entry consideration
  • Data sovereignty laws and data storage challenges

Networking Lunch, Expo and Solution Stages

Challenges facing the global data center market in 2015 and beyond

Bruce A. Taylor, EVP North America, DatacenterDynamics

The former Vice President of the Uptime Institute and current EVP for North America at DCD will provide a comprehensive outlook on the state of the global data center industry, outlining key challenges and opportunities, what we can expect in 2015 and beyond, and how this will translate into long-term data center strategy and design.


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