9th Annual Data Center Summit
Growing broadband penetration, increasing internet speed and growth in data consumption from new and expanding industry segments in the region and in Hong Kong have underlined its status as one of the top DC service providers in the region.
But in spite of concerted efforts by regulators, developers and asset owners, challenges for the industry still remain. Lack of adequate real estate supply, concern on cyber security and redundancy issues, lack of skilled manpower to cater to the DC industry growth and constraining environmental clearances are just a few of them.
Computer World HK’s premium annual event DataCenter Summit in July 2017 will bring together 200+ senior executives of major data center service buyers from enterprises, government departments, manufacturing plants and BFSI industry - to discuss their data consumption strategies, DC and cloud storage procuring patterns and other challenges such as cybersecurity and colocation.
Who will attend?
Attendees at the Data Center Summit are decision makers from corporate, non-profit and government agencies. Delegate titles will include:
- Chief Information and Technology Officers
- Chief Information Security Officers
- VP of Technology
- IT Director and Manager
- Infrastructure Manager
- Network and Communication Engineers
- Data Center/ Facilities Manager
- Architects and Building Manager
- Risk Management Executives
- Business Development and Strategy Executives
- Financial Planners/ Executives
- Product and Purchasing Managers
- Strategy Directors
- Server, Storage, and Application Administrator
- Designers and Developers
- Facilities Engineers
- Application Engineers
- Server Consolidation
- Disaster Recovery
- Hardware Migration Experts
Registration and Morning Refreshments
Opening Remarks by Chair
Ice Breaking Session
Regulations, Investments and New Data Center Developments
Policy Updates on the Data Center Industry in Hong Kong
With a growing demand for data center services to sustain the main pillars of economy – the financial services, trading and logistics, the supportive administration in Hong Kong aided by an advanced physical infrastructure and faster internet connectivity needs a liberalised approach to promote DC adoption
- The Digital 21 Strategy and its impact on DC industry
- Incentivising the conversion of industrial buildings
- Promoting the real estate availability and land-disposal arrangements
- Upcoming regulations regarding investments and new DC developments
Growing the Data Center Industry Sustainably: Trends in Stakeholders Collaboration in Hong Kong
The government of Hong Kong has been very supportive in the development of new data centers. Despite the limited land supply, Hong Kong is still being targeted by international investors, developers and occupiers due to its role as a gateway to China. This session will discuss some of the new initiatives, challenges and opportunities in the development of new data centers.
- What are some of the new initiatives to promote data center stakeholder collaboration?
- Discussing the latest greenfield and brownfield developments in Hong Kong
- Ensuring smooth and efficient data center construction and project management
- Innovations in data center building and design: Learning the best practices
Growth and Investments in the Data Center Market in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has become one of the most important and fastest growing data center markets in Asia Pacific and is a lucrative market for data center providers due to to its strong telecommunications infrastructure, reliable and cost-effective power supply, strong reputation for data privacy and information security, knowledgeable professionals and governmental support. How can Hong Kong retain its position?
- Analysing the growth trends of the data center industry in Hong Kong in comparison to other regional contenders
- Identifying the key drivers for the growth of data center market
- Technology trends that will impact data generation and consumption
- Which equipment / technology capabilities will facilitate data centers
Riding the Current with Underwater Data Centers: A Case Study
How building data centers underwater could help HK’s DC industry and other cloud providers manage the projected phenomenal growth of data storage and handing in an environmentally sustainable way
- Analysing the financial and technical feasibility: underwater data centers vs. on-land data centers
- Assessing the ROI and technological viability of building data centers under the sea level
- Overcoming the challenges in building and maintaining underwater data centers
- Predicting and mitigating regulatory and sustainability issues
Networking Coffee Break
Technology Updates for Efficient Data Center Operations
Scalability, Automation and Flexibility in IT Operations: How Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) Can Change the Service Delivery
Software-defined data centers (SDDC) are becoming a critical priority for IT leaders. The recent IT Priorities Report concludes that SDDCs were identified as one of the top 10 IT initiatives, rated as even more important than application modernization and software as a service (SaaS)
- The evolution of an SDDC from existing DC infrastructure
- Preparing for a software-defined future: what are the key technologies and solutions needed
- Assessing the impact of SDDC and SDN (Software Defined Networking) to current procurement processes in data centers
- Extending virtualization beyond servers and towards network and storage resources
Optimising DC OPEX with Innovative Energy Management and Cooling Techniques – Yahoo! Case Study
With more virtualization and high-density computing, the energy efficiency of a data center has become a vital consideration. Energy consumption per server is growing by 9 percent per year globally as growth in performance pushes demand for energy. Conventional cooling approaches have given way to sophisticated approaches focused on removing heat as efficiently as possible
- What are the latest innovations in power and cooling systems to reduce energy consumption?
- Moving beyond traditional air-conditioning systems to more innovative cooling methods such as liquid cooling and immersion cooling
- The cost-benefit analysis of incorporating new technologies
- Overcoming the hurdles in shifting towards new cooling techniques
Efficient DCIM Implementation: From Compliance to Improved Hybrid Environment Management
DCIM gives data center operators the ability to run data center operations efficiently and improve the infrastructure planning and design. Implementing DCIM to address data center challenges yields additional benefits ranging from: regulatory compliance, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and to effectively managing the hybrid environments
- Understanding the importance of reliable infrastructures for more efficient launches of new applications
- How do DCIM tools enable reduction in power consumption?
- Justifying ROI on DCIM tools and the implementation costs
- What facilities managers need to know in order to get the most out of DCIM?
Tackling Cyber Security Threats with Managed Security Services (MSS) and Security Operations Centers (SOC)
The 2016 Ponemon Institute Cost of Data Center Outages study revealed that cyber attacks accounted for 22 percent of the data center outages. As more devices become connected, the data center is exposed to more severe security threats and operators are more likely to invest in tools and processes that help them identify the network weaknesses, increase visibility and provide early warning notifications to create more secure environments.
- Addressing the role of Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) and how this can help to mitigate cyber security threats in data centers
- What are the factors that data centers should look into when selecting their MSSP?
- How to build a world-class Security Operations Center?
- Identifying ways to prevent data losses especially in cloud based applications
The Road Ahead for Data Centers – Developing a Sustainable Data Center Industry
Embracing Digitalization: Transforming the Traditional Data Centers into Cost-Effective and Profitable Data Centers
As modern businesses embrace the digital era, they need their data centers to be dynamic and agile assets. CIOs and CTOs are continuously demanded to develop strategies that enable their organizations compete in a digitally driven world whilst driving the revenue growth and profitability up
- The changing perspectives: how data centers will change in the next few years
- Gearing up for digitalization and more disruption
- Acquiring competitive advantage through IoT and Artificial Intelligence
- Looking ahead: the emerging technologies - containers and hyperconvergence
Associate Professor ( Computer Science) & Former Chief Information Officer,
City University of Hong Kong
Chairperson - Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Group,
Hong Kong Computer Society
Head of Enterprise Architecture & Information Security,
Cloud Computing - The Transition to Cloud and the Changing Role of a Data Center
In a recent report published by the Asia Cloud Computing Association, Hong Kong was named the most prepared APAC location in rolling out cloud computing, scoring high in the index of addressing data privacy issues, connectivity and data center risk management. As the cloud computing market is expected to expand rapidly with a forecast of 24% CAGR from 2016 to 2020, DCs need to be prepared for the transition
- How are data centers preparing and coping with the increased migration to cloud?
- Facilitating enterprises to overcome regulatory and operational barriers in shifting to cloud
- Analyzing the changing service delivery model of cloud providers in minizing data latency and increased security
- Mitigating the challenges in shifting from private to public cloud
Maximizing Efficiency and Eliminating Human Error: The Role of Robotics and AI
The same AI applications and strategies that are being used to guide larger business decisions are now making their way into the data center. AI is being used in conjunction with data center infrastructure management (DCIM) technologies to analyze power, cooling and capacity planning, as well as the overall health and status of critical backend systems. A smart, AI-enabled data center is now a necessity for any business that wants to achieve an operationally efficient, high-performance computing environment.
- AI’s net contribution to data centers
- Will AI eventually overtake the workforce or human interaction in data centers?
- Success stories of data centers who have integrated AI and achieved tremendous savings on cost
Planning and Implementing DC Consolidation Projects Using Upcoming Technologies
A consolidation strategy can take years to plan and deploy, but has ultimately been shown to reduce costs, increase the business value of IT, and make a realistically manageable footprint. How are upcoming technologies expected to shorten this learning curve and help DCs to grow sustainably?
- What needs to be done to make a DC consolidation project truly effective?
- Understanding the role of virtualization in achieving consolidation
- How can security be assured through the consolidation process
- Anticipating the trends and technology-proofing a DC
End of Conference & Networking Tea
“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."