22 September 2016
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East , Hong Kong
8th Annual Data Center Summit
Hong Kong companies are in a race to innovate to stay competitive. With IT as a key component for many of the new services and products, CIOs are under pressure to keep their data center infrastructure at pace with the technological changes.
The quest for new revenue streams and more cost-effective ways of doing business has placed data centers under the spotlight as a critical enabler of agile, resilient and adaptive digital business. Major disruptive technologies such as cloud services, software-defined networks, Internet of Things, Big Data analytics and converged systems have given IT a timely opportunity to transform the data center and spearhead digitalization efforts while addressing regulatory compliance, service level agreement, security and privacy requirements.
These disruptive technologies empower CIOs and IT departments with greater insights and real-time intelligence to focus on high-value, high-impact projects and position data centers as strategic assets that drive innovation and facilitate smart decision-making for both IT and non-IT stakeholders.
Virtualization and software-defined technologies, coupled with access to data from disparate sources and powerful analytics tools, pave the way for new capabilities to automate, orchestrate and program IT resources across on-premise and cloud-hosted data centers. The ambition to create hybrid, agile, easy-to-manage, highly efficient and scalable data centers addresses the pain points that hinder IT innovation and aligns IT with business targets for significant efficiencies and competitive business advantages.
This year’s Data Center Summit focuses on these exciting trends and developments with the theme “Intelligent Data Center: The New Frontier of Data Center Innovation”. The summit will bring together top IT industry leaders in the region to address strategies, key success drivers and practical action plans in developing the data center for digital transformation.
REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE
CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME REMARKS
Keynote 1: Maintaining Data center standards and its importance in the digital era
About 70% of data center outages is caused by human error. With continued demand for data across all business functions, today’s IT and data center infrastructure stakeholders are under continuous pressure to deliver value while maintaining cost and efficiency, enterprises need a framework to drive best practices for the effective management and operations of a data center. This session will discuss the benefits of keeping your data center at par with established international standards. The session also looks into the business value these data center standards contribute to a company’s digital transformation.
Keynote 2: Unlock Your Data Center’s Potential
In the age of digital transformation as a result of enterprise mobility, cloud and big data analytics, enterprises must acquire "new thinking" in IT infrastructure in order to gain the agility, visibility and intelligence needed for business growth and sustainability. This session will provide you with insights into how the next-generation data center empowers enterprises to accelerate their business decisions, maximize uptime, simplify IT management and lower total cost of ownership without being bounded by legacy thinking or traditional infrastructure. The beauty of next-generation data center lies in the flexibility for enterprises to navigate their choices on server, storage and networking solutions and services needed to unlock data center potential and most importantly, to meet IT objectives and business needs.
EXECUTIVE DISCUSSION 1: How do you transform the data center into a strategic business asset?
- How are data centers changing in the face of increased business digital transformation?
- Can CIOs turn data centers into strategic assets for business transformation and innovation in the digital economy?
- How should data center infrastructure – servers, storage and networks; power and cooling; management and monitoring tools; security technologies – be modernized for a digital enterprise and what technology-driven risks and challenges should be addressed to ensure high availability and security of mission-critical online services in an always-on world?
- What operational, strategic and emerging technologies should be deployed in the data center to help digital businesses perpetuate customer loyalty and grow profits?
Morning Coffee Break
Keynote 3: Data center security strategies: Enhancing security with in-flight encryption
Data security and privacy are top of mind for CIOs and IT professionals, especially as applications move to hyper-connected hybrid cloud environments. High-profile attacks and data breaches have highlighted the need for a comprehensive strategy that incorporates multiple levels of protection built on the best available practices and technologies. Recent advances in high-performance data encryption technology are now making it feasible and cost-effective to deploy in-flight encryption for all data leaving the data center, complementing other security tools. Enterprises and their cloud service providers are beginning to deploy in-flight encryption into their data center interconnection networks. Over the next few years, in-flight data encryption is likely to be viewed as a fundamental best practice for security, and may even become a compliance requirement. What are the state-of-the-art technology options for in-flight data encryption and how can data center operators start now to implement them into their overall security strategy?
Keynote 4: Maximizing ROI on data center and IT operations
Data center operators and IT managers need the right information at the right time in order to make better decisions on how they operate their data center and improve customer experience. In today’s fast-paced world that demands for more IT compute, applications and better services, they MUST balance the need for improved availability with that of business sustainability.
This session will share insights into how new developments in software and data center technologies can help companies to operate and leverage their infrastructure better, de-risk their operation and improve their ROI.
EXECUTIVE DISCUSSION 2: Data center innovations and making them work for your digital transformation
The emergence of hyperconverged infrastructure, DevOps, virtualization and software-defined networking are changing the way data centers are run and managed. This session will discuss how these data center innovations can pave the way for new capabilities that are needed to support new business requirements.
Keynote 5: Hong Kong Data Centers: Where are we going in the age of cloud?
The data center market in Hong Kong continues to evolve. This session will take a detailed look at proprietary third party research data and use it to draw some conclusions about the current state of the Hong Kong data center market. The early returns suggest there is still plenty of growth potential left and there is little question that the emergence of cloud has a lot to do with it. But how did we get here and where are we going? How has the world changed for enterprises and service providers as the sector moves into its next stage of evolution? What are the primary challenges they face today?
Keynote 6: Transition your infrastructure to an app-driven, software-defined network
Compared to the advancements in compute and storage virtualization, networking has fallen behind in fully realizing the promise of enterprise cloud computing. The dynamic nature of cloud services requires a new level of flexibility and scalability, which goes beyond the capabilities of today’s data center networks. Transitioning to software-defined networking (SDN) incorporates programmability and agility into your network, enabling it to keep pace with business demands.
With what technology, can the corporate transform from a traditional network into a next-gen, app-driven enterprise, while making the whole network more intelligent to support any dynamic changes inherent in today’s cloud-based, app-driven environment ?
EXECUTIVE DISCUSSION 3: Pain points are opportunities for change
Pain points – data center challenges that keep executives up at night – usually offer tangible evidence that it’s time to change. For CIOs and IT organizations, these pain points are also barriers to data center innovation. How can these issues help CIOs to obtain the buy-in of stakeholders, the board and executive management to drive change and innovation in the data center? What are the best approaches that CIOs can adopt to inspire change and continuous improvement in the data center while minimizing costly expenditures?
Afternoon Break & Networking
Presentation of the Cloud Excellence Awards
To bring recognition to the people and products that contributed in building Hong Kong a world-class cloud computing market, Cloud Tech Forum is introducing the Cloud Excellence Awards. The Awards aim to celebrate the remarkable cloud related technologies and excellent partnership between the service providers and their customers for turning the cloud technology vision into business reality.
- Gerrit Bahlman, Director of IT, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Michael Mudd, Managing Partner , Asia Policy Partners LLC
- Peter Smith, Director, Wavelength Consulting
Closing Remarks & End of Program
“Questex Asia’s Data Center Summit has set the tone for the next generation of data centers. Discussion forums resonate around trending issues and provide guidance to the attendees to embrace the new technology.”
“The Data Centre Summit has provided a great opportunity to get updated with the current issues and on the latest technologies.”
“Excellent forum to network and understand the progress and direction in data center industry.”
"The event was well organized with a good variety of topics and speakers. The panel discussion was my favorite."