Speaker

Dave Funnell

Cloud Provider manager at VMware at VMware Sub-Saharan Africa

Dave Funnell is the Cloud Provider manager at VMware, Sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, he is responsible for driving growth and supporting the regional Cloud Provider programmes. This involves working in conjunction with service providers and their clients to build working multi-cloud solutions that support the agility, flexibility and workload mobility promised by the Cloud.

Funnell brings nearly 20 years’ experience within the ICT sector working for some of the world's largest international vendors to his role. One of his key passions is unpacking the Cloud Provider Business’s benefits to customers, and strongly presenting the opportunities it can afford players in the telecommunications, service provider (ISP) and managed services markets. Prior to joining VMware in 2013, Dave was territory manager at BMC and also served roles at Symantec, IBM and EMC.

Dave has a strong technical and sales background, providing him with skills in creative problem solving and business analysis, which he uses to help his customers deploy technology solutions that meet complex business requirements.

Dave Funnell will be speaking on the following topic:

09:15
Connected clouds – public, private and hybrid: the ongoing evolution of cloud adoption

In order to innovate and react to the changing demands of the mobile cloud era, IT has to become agile, flexible and scalable as it supports and aligns with business objectives. A hybrid multi-cloud strategy drives that digital business transformation, but how does IT harness the power of cloud, making it ready for enterprise use cases and extending the capabilities of its private cloud technology investments. Learn how IT can run, manage, connect and secure business applications across multiple private and public clouds and devices, including apps running natively on the leading public clouds.

  • Application requirements driving Cloud adoption
  • Why Hybrid Multi-Cloud
  • Pitfalls to avoid in Cloud decisions
  • How to leverage Cloud to the maximum benefit of the business
  • Provide freedom & choice through Control
12:00
Panel discussion: The impact of hyper-scale cloud on the local market
  • How has the arrival of cloud mega providers – international hyper-scale offerings – impacted the local cloud market?
  • How are local players adapting their strategies in order to compete?
  • How will the market evolve in the coming years?

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