Programme

  • 0900h
  • Official Opening
    Lara Lewington, Presenter and Journalist, BBC Click
  • 0910h
  • Opening Keynote
  • 0930h
  • UK Market Leadership Panel
    Industry leaders explore the latest trends impacting the UK data center and cloud industry. Covering everything from market strategy and spend, UK competitiveness in a global context, technological advances and implementation and the impact of macro-economic and political shifts on the industry.
    Chair: Steve Wallage, Managing Director, BroadGroup Consulting
    Tim Anker, Founder and Director, Colo-X The Colocation Exchange
    Jack Bedell-Pearce, Managing Director, 4D Data Centres
    Amy Daniell, Director – Mission Critical, EMEA&I Region, AECOM
  • 1010h
  • Morning Networking Break
  • 1050h
  • Life on the Edge – The Implications for Cloud and Data Center Provisioning
    Edge computing holds the promise of bringing compute capacity closer to the point of the source, away from centralized nodes to the logical extremes of a network. Our panel will attempt to peer through the fog and explore implications for infrastructure and its potential to accelerate digital transformation.
    Pablo Jejcic, Head of Cloud and Infrastructure Centre of Excellence, Vodafone
    John Laban, European Representative, OCP Foundation
    Farid Singh, Outgoing Co Chair of the Edge Computing Working Group, TIP and Former Telefonica Edge Computing Expert, OnLife Networks
  • 1120h
  • Exploring the Application of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech and Impact on Cloud Infrastructure
    Blockchain has opened new avenues of opportunity particularly in the fintech environment for its potential to simplify transaction data compliance and security. However, what are the implications for cloud infrastructure, provisioning and strategy? Does legacy infrastructure pose a barrier to successful adoption? Our panel explores the latest advances in blockchain and fintech applications and the potential for other industries.
    Chair: Gary Nuttall, Managing Director, Distylics
    Steve Webb, Partner, PwC
    Keith Bear, VP, Financial Markets, IBM
    Dax Grant, Founder, CEO Global Transform
  • 1150h
  • Cloud in a Constantly Connected World – Strategy, Security and Market Maturity
    Cloud computing is a perennial topic in the headlines and the option of a flexible, cost-effective and customisable solution without the traditional restraints of on-premise data center. Our panel discuss cloud migration strategy, enterprise agility, security, the maturation of market offerings and the impact of technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT.
    Chair: Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, techUK
    Gordon Davey, Head of Cloud Architecture, Willis Towers Watson
    Henk van Roest, EMEA Security Program Manager, Microsoft
    Keyur Mehta, Head of Enterprise Architecture – Big Data, Applied Sciences, Lloyds Banking Group
    Alessandro Perilli, GM, Management Strategy, Red Hat
  • 1220h
  • Optimising Usage to Drive Energy Cost Savings in the Data Center
    Data centre energy consumption will grow more than 3 times in the next 10 years. It is of utmost importance for data centre owners and operators to optimise their energy costs and take advantage of the opportunity to utilise renewable energy, preserving the energy availability and resilience of the grid. This presentation will focus on how the data centres and power-intensive users can optimise the usage of their assets achieving cost savings and unlocking additional revenue streams from grid services.
    Emiliano Cevenini, VP, Power Sales and Business Development, EMEA, Vertiv
  • 1240h
  • Lunch
  • 1340h
  • Presentation, Rittal
  • 1400h
  • Enterprise End User Panel
    Enterprises provide an insight into their cloud and data center strategy and requirements. Delving into IT spend, owned vs collocated vs cloud, connectivity and energy strategy, amongst other elements, this is an opportunity to get to grips with fundamental enterprise imperatives.
    Riccardo Degli Effetti, Head of Data Centre Operations, Implementation, Sky UK
    Mark Howell, Global IT Facilities Planning & Engineering (EMEA), Ford Motor Company
  • 1430h
  • Powering the Data Center – Is There Enough Give in the Grid?
    The cloud and data center sector are vast consumers of electricity and forecasts only see this increase year-on-year. Can we continue to take capacity in the power grid for granted? In which regions is the power grid most under pressure? If consumption is unsustainable what is the solution – can compute be exported to areas with more power capacity? Can data centers themselves provide in-house solutions? Or do we need a fundamental overhaul of how we think about data center infrastructure and the power it requires?
    Emma Fryer, Associate Director, TechUK
  • 1450h
  • Virtual Reality – The future for data centre design and operations
    Many would currently view Virtual Reality (VR) as no more than a sales gimmick for our industry... we did too until we gave it a go. With the move to the edge, automation through machine learning and eventual AI systems, we will need to find new ways of interacting and communicating information across our businesses. Today we'll take a look at how VR is currently perceived and the potential avenues of development that could help in achieving the goal to fully automated remote facilities.
    Jonathan Leppard, COO, Future Facilities
  • 1510h
  • Afternoon Networking Break
  • 1540h
  • Energy Efficiency Benchmarking – Why it Matters
    With industry carbon footprint continuing under scrutiny from governments, regulators and the public. Energy efficiency can be seen to have both a financial and reputational impact for data center operators and their customers. Here we explore the different benchmarking systems, certifications and metrics, best practice and incentives to improve efficiency and the technology on the market and in development to support this.
    John Booth, Managing Director, Carbon3IT
  • 1600h
  • Where is our data and is it safe?
    If you are asked by your management “Where is our data and is it safe?”. Is your answer “It’s in the cloud?”. As we know the data is stored somewhere on the ground, hopefully in a data center that is operated properly. The key questions are; 1. Do you know where your company data is stored? 2. Is the data properly protected? 3. Is the building or buildings where the data is stored adequately protected? Mark will describe how his team conduct due diligence of supplier and colocation data centers.
    Mark Howell, Global IT Facilities Planning & Engineering EMEA), Ford Motor Company
  • 1620h
  • Brexit and the Data Center Sector – Legal and Regulatory Implications
    As negotiations between the UK and the EU continue their inexorable path to Brexit, what are the implications for the data center industry? What legal and regulatory implications need to be taken into account? Will the UK retain its position not only as a pivotal European hub, but also as a gateway to and from international markets? Will the move boost the UK data economy and open new opportunities, or prove a boon for competing European locations?
    Chair: Mark Bailey, Partner and Joint Head, TMT, Charles Russel Speechlys LLP
    Mike Conradi, Partner, DLA Piper LLP
    Emma Fryer, Associate Director, TechUK
    Jack Bedell-Pearce, Managing Director, 4D Data Centres
    Marcin Zmaczynski, Senior Marketing Executive CEE, Aruba
  • 1650h
  • The Human Factor – Exploring the Technical Workforce in Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure
    The volume of data generated and dependence on the internet/cloud has and continues to soar, as global industry becomes increasingly digitized. However, the pool of qualified (and quality) manpower falls short of industry requirements. How can the industry address this issue and work to recruit, retain and develop a technical workforce? What barriers are there to recruitment? What role can automation have in addressing the manpower shortfall? What industry, educational and governmental programmes are available to help ensure the digital economy has the skills it needs?
    Chair: Peter Hannaford, Founder and CEO, Datacenter People
    Pablo Jejcic, Head of Cloud and Infrastructure Centre of Excellence, Vodafone
    Susan Bowen, VP and GM, EMEA, Cogeco Peer1
    Dr Theresa Simpkin, Higher and Further Education Principal, CNet Training
    Alfonso Aranda Arias, Head of Global Data Center Operations, IBM
  • 1720h
  • Colocation Market Analysis
    An in-depth exploration of the financial, technological and infrastructure trends shaping the colocation market. This will touch on key players in the market landscape, size and forecast, growth drivers, as well as challenges, alongside. factors to consider when choosing a colocation partner
    Chair: Tim Anker, Founder and Director, Colo-X The Colocation Exchange
    Adam Eaton, Regional Sales Director, Pulsant
    Shane Dove, Head of Commercial Sales, Node4
    John Wilson, COO, Stellium DataCenters
    Nick Marshall, Head of Colocation and Managed Services, Six Degrees Group
  • 1740h
  • Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Day One