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In the Beginning
After the inaugural Malaysian Cloud & Data Centre Convention in November 2018, the April 2019 version was delivered. With only 5 months after the first convention, was this too soon? Was this going to deliver equal to or better than the first? Defying the odds with conventions so close together with over 800 delegates at the previous one, the answer is a resounding YES!
The Grand Ballroom of the One World Hotel, Kuala Lumpur saw overwhelming support for over 1000 delegates and 34 sponsors/partners. W.Media continues with its winning innovative approach to these conventions having set and streamlined the formula last year to deliver a versatile and inclusive program.
The previous Malaysia convention provided a strong focus around connectivity and greatly highlighted ‘Women in Technology’. This year’s event painted the paradigm shifts to public cloud and data centre growth strategy and particularly noting the data centre services aspect. Both events delivered great individual diversity of content.
— Dato Ng’ Wan Peng, MDEC during the guest of honour speech.
The Main Event
The conventions guest Chairperson for the day was Wong Tew Kiat (Director, Organisation Resilience Management Pte Ltd and Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society) who opened the day’s events. He then handed over to Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for the ‘Guest of Honour’ keynote address. Her address was about sharing the journey towards a digital transformation and the importance on the needs to build a strong backbone for the country’s technology infrastructure and its growth strategy.
— Tom C. Varghese, Facebook.
Strongly supporting her opening speech, the convention launched straight in to its first panel discussion. This panel discussed how the 5G network, advanced & high speed telecommunications, IoT and advanced technology infrastructure, could transform the businesses to compete efficiently in a future economy. Facebook’s Tom C. Varghese (Manager, Access and Connectivity Policy), further elaborated on how they try to build the next-generation connectivity solutions in every corner to bring more and more people online to a faster internet. The presentation by Nishchal Khorana (Director, Emerging Technologies, Cloud and Data Centres) from Frost & Sullivan spoke on the paradigm shift in the data centre growth strategy.
“As the enterprise IT architectures and provider landscape continues to evolve, the data centre services business is expected to witness a significant shift. Business models are expected to change and new success factors for growth emerge. Data Centre service providers need to analyse these mega trends assess the impact on business and re-devise growth strategies”
The day progressed with further presentations and panel sessions. I want to make comment here to the presentation “Innovation for Business Impact: Driving the Next 80% Improvement in Data Center Performance”. I found this presentation quite interesting, in so far as how rapidly the data centre industry has grown over the last 10 years. And I’d like to quote Abhay Ghosalkar, Schneider Electric here –
“Our research shows that data centres today are 80% more efficient than those built with technology from 10 years ago, and with a significantly reduced cost/watt. However, if current digital trends progress, society will demand more computing power over the next decade, and data centre strategies used in the past will no longer be adequate”.
Interestingly, 10 years ago I was saying a similar thing. So, amazingly the growth over the last 20 years in fact has far outweighed expectations. And, it has even changed more so in the last 10 years.
In the panel session “Next-Gen IT Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery and Cybersecurity in Banking and Finance”, panellists actively discussed and spoke on the paradigm shift towards Public Cloud, Mr Srinivas Rao (Malaysia VMUG Leader) from vExpert Pro shared some very interesting view points on cloud technologies, strategies and deployments that certainly sparked some attention from the floor. This is one session that could have continued for quite awhile with many questions arising from delegates as a result of his comments.
— Panel: “Next-Gen IT Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery and Cybersecurity in Banking and Finance”
A topic that I personally find uninspiring is taxation, even at the best of times! Never get me started on the tax system after a few drinks. However, having said that, the presentation by taxation expert Brynner Chiam (Associate Director) Axcelasia Taxand, provided some very important insights regarding Digital Tax for Malaysia. Other countries such as Australia, Singapore, France and others have adopted Digital Tax. He addressed the various questions on how this will impact Malaysia and how will it impact IT decisions such as migration to a public cloud that do not have a company presence in Malaysia? Some very pertinent questions were raised that will affect business in various ways. Thank you for making tax a little more interesting!
The final session of the day was a moderated panel discussion about “Driving it right – Operational Excellence and Cost Efficiencies in Data Centers”. Next-Gen technologies, consume large quantities of power and cooling, this greatly increases the build cost of the DC infrastructure. The panellists shared their views on how risks could be mitigated citing that there are many developments around new innovative technologies which could lead to substantial savings. So, it was said that it’s time to further prove these concepts which could change the landscape of the data centre for a strong, right and resilience infrastructure.
— Panel: “Driving it right – Operational Excellence and Cost Efficiencies in Data Centers”
Servings on the side
The technology bench featured 12, 12 minute short sharp and focussed individual sessions throughout the entire day. These sessions provided the opportunity for delegates to focus in on particular technologies and innovations specific to their needs and situation.
Two workshops of one hour duration each were conducted at 13:00 and 15:00 by two of the major sponsors that were well attended. These are more in-depth and intense open session styleworkshops. There is certainly room for more of this.
At 16:30 the convention sessions ended and all gathered back in the Plenary Hall to partake in refreshments and hors d’oeuvres whilst spending valuable time networking with vendors and fellow delegates.
In the words of Wong Tew Kiat (Director, Organisation Resilience Management Pte Ltd & Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society) —
“I have managed to network with numerous delegates and I was indeed very happy that most delegates were very happy and had learnt a lot from the speakers and panellists who have vast experiences”.