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Chairman's Welcome

Gareth Mellon, programme manager: ICT Africa, Frost and Sullivan Gareth Mellon, programme manager: ICT Africa, Frost and Sullivan

Industry Analysis: The South African data centre market in 2016: competitive differentiation and the looming menace

George Etheredge, ICT research analyst, Frost and Sullivan George Etheredge, ICT research analyst, Frost and Sullivan

Space, the most basic of data centre services, is a product that faces a high risk of commoditisation. During this talk you will delve into strategies employed by other South African data centre service providers to mitigate this risk and differentiate themselves from the competition. You will hear more about the threats posed by large international IaaS providers, these will be evaluated and potential responses by South African firms examined.

  • Access to insights drawn from Frost & Sullivan's primary research into the data centre services market in South Africa
  • Global perspective on trends in the data centre market
  • Evaluation of the competitive threat posed by large, international providers
Case Study: Gain insight into the challenges that data centres face in Africa

Gerhard Nel, global technology operations, Standard Bank Gerhard Nel, global technology operations, Standard Bank

This session will focus on issues and challenges data centre's face in Africa. Key obstacles facing the industry include a lack of utility power stability in the countries, rising power density requirements, African environmental conditions such as humidity, and local customer support. Data centres are running out of space and power in Africa. The massive data growth is forcing financial institutions to implement new infrastructure technologies to increase the capacity of the facilities. Other topics will include: the under- utilisation of data centre white space, and lack of proactive monitoring and management of data centre facilities. Learn how new approaches to infrastructure design, deployment and management can help with these issues.


  • You cannot standardise Africa - no cookie cut model
  • Must focus on fit-for-purpose solutions
  • Every country is unique, with a unique culture, requirements and expectations
Legal Perspective: Find out everything you need to know about digital risk pertaining to your data centre

Nerushka Deosaran, senior associate and business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright Nerushka Deosaran, senior associate & business development manager, Norton Rose Fulbright

The digital revolution has transformed business. New business models are being shaped as a result of an increased digital presence, new digital technologies and data. However, with these new opportunities come risks. You will be exposed to the regulatory environment that current legislates data centres and the data stored in it during this presentation. Find out what the legal implications are and how you can avoid them.


  • Overview of regulatory considerations and legal risks for private, public and hybrid data centres
  • What does POPI mean for data centres
  • A look at global privacy best practice in mitigating legal risks
Navigate through the intricacies of data centres and certification - the good, the bad and the downright ugly

Lee Smith, director, Dee Smith & Associates

Navigating and understanding the various data centre standards and guidelines that are currently referenced across the globe is a for both data centre owners, operators and the end-users who subscribe to these services. Be guided through the maze of What? How? When? Why? and Why not? when it comes to certification. Both operators and end-users will benefit from attending this presentation.


  • What is certification all about?
  • Who are the most referenced when it comes to certifications?
  • Which ones are worth considering, especially in the African data centre environment?
  • When should you do it and when should you not bother?
  • And what about other types of certification that may add value to your data centre environment and the data centre end-user?
Networking and Refreshments
Panel discussion: What is the best solution – the legacy 'bricks and mortar' solution; a hybrid approach or pure-cloud?

Moderator: Toni Serra, CIO, AECI Limited
Henry Farahar, Head of cloud sales - AMEA, CSC Middle East and Africa
Fabrice Lieuvin, senior director solution architecture, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
Kevin Krige, advise compute, BT Global Services SSA
Sven Blom, data centre evangelist, Teraco
Val Moodley, senior manager enterprise cloud, MTN Business
Elmar Schorndorfer, founder & CEO, Montana Data Company (PTY) Ltd

Panel discussion: The storage debate – what does planning for the future look like when referring to scalability and high data volumes?

Moderator: Jacques Loubser, group executive: converged infrastructure solutions, Business Connexion
Morne Weyers, vice president of delivery, T-Systems
Gary Menezes, country manager, NetApp South Africa
Paul Phillips, regional VP of UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa, Nutanix
Avi Alkobi, ethernet technical marketing manager EMEA, Mellanox Technologies

Industry Insight: In the age of Cloud is the data centre obsolete? ...the answer lies at the edge

Sven Blom, data centre evangelist, Teraco Sven Blom, data centre evangelist, Teraco

The world is digital. With this said, regardless of industry, applications are migrating to public and private clouds, and Internet use is trending towards bandwidth-intensive content. Yet these critical applications in the cloud depend on the need to maintain or increase availability of IT and its networks. Here the data centre is emerging as the key and core component in the mix. To support needs today and tomorrow, computing power and storage are both centralising in cloud data centers as well as distributing out on the network edge in order to lower data transport time and increase availability.


  • What are the characteristics of an edge data centre?
  • How can you take advantage of the resulting marketplace within the data centre to further the organisation’s digital strategy?
  • How do you use the data centre to build a low-risk cloud migration strategy?
Panel discussion: Innovation landscape in data centre cooling, one of the primary areas where facility operators can improve efficiency and manage costs

Moderator: Michael YoungMichael Young, applications engineer | thermal management, Emerson Network Power
Mikhail Poonsamy, head: sales and solution operations, AIAC Air Conditioning
Jonker Bester, director, Spoormaker & Partners Inc
Jason Rylands, head of data center - international projects, Rittal GmbH & CO. KG

Lunch and Networking
Afternoon Session Chair:

Abdul Baba, IT executive head, Skynet Abdul Baba , IT Executive Skynet

Government Insight Towards a Digital Economy: developing a plan for data-driven economic competitiveness for the Western Cape

Olivia Dyers, director: digital leadership, Western Cape Government

The presentation will provide an overview of the broader Western Cape Broadband (digital) Initiative and share some of the preliminary insights into development of the WC data-driven competitiveness strategy which is currently underway. You will hear about the components of the strategy and the complexities which a government grapples with and areas of the opportunity for business and government as we gear ourselves towards a more digital economy.


  • Understanding of the WC Broadband Initiative
  • Early insight into the WC data-driven competitiveness strategy
  • Rationale for government involvement
  • Where the potential opportunities may lie for SMMEs
Case Study: Revisiting the value proposition of Data Centres

Maiendra Moodley, head of department for financial systems and processes, SITA Maiendra Moodley ,head of department for financial systems and processes, SITA

The challenge associated with adopting data centres as part of promoting cost effectiveness and improving the efficiency of delivering ICT services is proving that the returns which were initially promised are delivered in practice.
For CIO's, justifying the investment in data centres and cloud computing has become part of their strategy of trying to deliver more value from ICT. In practice, the unanswered question to the CIO, often remains "why are we spending this much on data centres", and "where are these savings associated with the cloud".


  • Review the rationale for adopting data centres and cloud
  • Determine ways for you to respond to the cost argument in respect of data centres and cloud computing
  • Examine how you can demonstrate and communicate the savings and benefits to stakeholders
Automate your DC network to reduce time and complexity associated with deploying new IT services

Fabrice Lieuvin, Senior director solution architecture, Alcatel-Lucent EnterpriseFabrice Lieuvin, senior director solution architecture, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

One of the lagging and still very static parts of the DC infrastructure is the network. While many enterprises are looking at deploying new and emerging software defined networks to overcome Ethernet and IP limitations, there is no one fit all solution today. My presentation will cover how to deploy a more agile, self-provisioning and application fluent network in a hybrid DC infrastructure in order to reduce time to service, costs and management complexity.


You will learn how to reduce complexity and costs while keeping an open and fully interoperable network for deploying the mobile and agile IT enterprise services based on a hybrid cloud model.

Networking and Refreshments
Case Study: A Business Focus on the pro's and con's of insourcing vs outsourcing your data centres

Abdul Baba, IT executive head, Skynet Abdul Baba , IT executive, Skynet

It is a well-known fact that when businesses are on the fast track and experiencing growth, they often find themselves in need of additional storage space for their data. This leaves business with a decision to make, and it is one that has financial ramifications, do you lease data centre space or do you build an in-house storage infrastructure? This presentation will highlight what factors need to be considered when making these decisions. You will address virtualization issues, different cloud computing environments and simply, the way companies handle different IT issues. It is important to analyse all options in order to make the most appropriate decision that best suits a business' needs.


  • Understand the factors to consider when outsourcing vs in-sourcing a data centre
  • Understand scenarios and business factors that impacting business.
  • Review the pro's and con's of the decision debate.
  • Key IT trends impacting the decision of outsourcing vs in-sourcing
Case study: A regional view on the benefits of a hyper-converged data centre with local client insight

Paul Phillips,regional VP of UK Ireland & Sub Saharan Africa, Nutanix Paul Phillips , regional VP of UK Ireland & Sub Saharan Africa, Nutanix

This case study will be based on two major case studies that have been action South Africa. It will focus on the role of hyper-convergence and how by leveraging an invisible infrastructure organisations can benefit from enterprise-cloud environments that are agile, elastic, have a robust security model and seamless application mobility vs a resource-hungry legacy system.


  • Make storage invisible
  • Make virtualization invisible
  • Make the cloud invisible
New Insight: The McDonalds theory of the new data centre

Christiaan Dorfling, technology evangelist, Microsoft

Like the Hamburger is for McDonalds the data is for the cloud providers. Everyone that has read Robert T Kiyosaki "Rich Dad Poor Dad" novel will know in the book he referred to the hamburger as being the vehicle to invest in McDonalds property portfolio. Find out how hyper scale cloud providers run their infrastructure and offer significant uptime.


2 rules to help in a hybrid model:

  • Move up the stack
  • Avoid vendor lock in but if you can't refer to rule #1
Thought-Leadership: The fourth industrial revolution - an emerging market and African context

Robert Boccia Leapfrog Innovation Technology Group & Robert Boccia, CEO, Leapfrog Innovation Technology Group &

Chris Hart, director, Leapfrog Global and joint CEO, Leapfrog Impact Capital

The 4th IR is founded on the principle of mass automation and hyper connectivity, all of which have to be supported by high scale always on infrastructure to drive these levels of automation and connectivity, in this era its almost taken for granted that you need great data centers to power the 4th IR, as such its critical to understand where we are headed in the 4th IR in order to understand what will be needed in the data center to support the 4th IR.

During this presentation questions will be posed and answered: Why does it matter to the economy and its implications for investment? How are emerging markets and Africa positioned in this mega trend? Who will lead the pack and and who will get left behind: what are the levers and factors to look out for? What are the policy implications? What are the technology implications and how does SA and Business prepare for it through a technology innovation approach. Gain essential information for long term investment strategy.


  • Understand the 4th IR
  • Understand its overarching themes
  • Understand how to take advantage in the business and technology context
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