The highly-anticipated Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention (Ho Chi Minh) 2022 was held at the Hotel Nikko Saigon on 16 June 2022. As a rising tech hub with a dynamic start-up scene, Ho Chi Minh is a prime location for the cloud and data centre industry, which is set to experience high growth in the coming years.
The convention drew over 800 of Vietnam’s best senior IT and data centre professionals, with over 20 experienced and knowledgeable speakers in the industry in attendance.
Cybersecurity, self-sufficiency, and sustainable data centre development were at the forefront of engaging speeches, keynotes, and panel discussions held at the event, which lasted from 9am to 6pm.
The day was formally opened with a welcome address by Justin Heyes (Head of Southeast Asia Markets, W.Media) and an introduction by Hall Chairman Grant Yabsley (Director of Corporate Development, Flow Digital Infrastructure).
The welcome address was followed with a guest of honour speech from Viet Phuong Huynh (Vice President, Vietnam Internet Association).
Tung Son Dang (Vice President, Vietnam Cloud Computing & Data Center Club) delivered a keynote on Vietnam’s data Center & cloud market landscape. He spoke on digital transformation in Vietnam, providing insight into the government’s digital targets to boost the digital economy by 2025. This presentation was followed up with another keynote by John Masud Parvez (CIO & Digital Transformation Partner, Founder of VSHR Group). He highlighted the importance of progressing on data transformation efforts by learning from failures and successes of digital transformation pioneers.
The first panel discussion of the day, moderated by Loc Nguyen (Head of BI, Ninja Van), was led by panellists Tuan Dinh Nguyen (Technical Manager, Viettel IDC), Ras Scollay (Senior Vice President of Business Development (Asia), DCI Data Centers), and Tamás Balogh, (Director, H1 Systems). The three panellists compared new IT infrastructure cost models which could allow CIOs to establish more efficient and cost-effective IT environments. The panel was followed with a keynote by Hong Tam Phan (Head of Cloud Technology Division, FPT Smart Cloud), on multi-cloud architecture for business agility.
Following a short morning networking coffee at the Expo Hall, Vinh Quang Tran (Solution Engineer, Schneider Electric), Linh Chi Nguyen (Sales Manager, VTI Cloud), and Xuan Quynh Nguyen Pham (Head of Data Center Facility – Sales Director, Huawei) spoke at the Tech Bench in Expo Hall on modernising and updating cloud and data centres for the future in a sustainable manner.
The speeches were followed by two keynotes: one on enhancing efficiency in data centre operations (Chang Cho, CEO, Onion Technology) and another on cloud transformation by Huy Le (Director, PwC South East Asia Consulting). Tamás Balogh (Director, H1 Systems) returned for another panel discussion with Edward van Leent (Chairman & CEO, EPI) on data centre design certification, moderated by Quang Xuan Bui (Chairman, Vietnam Data Center Network).
After a networking lunch at Expo Hall, Justin Heyes made an announcement at the Tech Bench on behalf of W.Media. His announcement was followed by three speeches at the Tech Bench: Stephen Bridgett (Director of Data Centre Sales and Engineering, Tate Asia-Pacific Pty Ltd) shared about Tate floor to ceiling solutions, Dai Le (DevOps Lead Engineer, Timo Vietnam) spoke on GitOps and Everything-as-Code for Cloud-Native Environment, and Patrick Kim (Director, MEGAZONECLOUD Vietnam) shared about multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud strategies.
Shifting the focus onto cybersecurity, Rizwan Khan (CFO – CIO, Panoval (Asia) Ltd) delivered a keynote about cyber-attacks on mission critical infrastructure and protecting vulnerable surfaces. Germain Blanchet (Devops/Architect, Positive Thinking) spoke on ways for Cloud start-ups to scale up with hyper-automation.
These sessions were followed with an engaging and highly relevant debate moderated by Huy Le (Director, PwC South East Asia Consulting), on the pros and cons of public cloud and on-premise infrastructure for Vietnamese IT infrastructures, held by panellists Duy Truong (Head of Engineering, Chotot), Hung Cuong Giap (Deputy General Secretary, Vietnam Internet Association), and Duc Nguyen (Vice President, CIO Vietnam; Commercial Director, Votiva Vietnam).
The convention ended on a strong note, with a closing panel discussion “The rising dragon – Vietnam technology landscape over the next 5 years”. Moderated by Edward van Leent (Chairman & CEO, EPI), panellists Tuan Anh Pham (CIO, Becamex IDC), Jonathan Eaves (Founder & CEO, Edge Centres) and Johnny Le (CEO, DigiEx Group) forecasted Vietnam’s cloud and data centre industry’s future prospects over the next 5 years.
Overall, there was a strong attendance rate for Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention (Ho Chi Minh) 2022, with over 800 people at the event.
Beyond the Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention (Ho Chi Minh) 2022 convention, W.Media is also host to the Asian Pacific region’s flagship awards programme, the W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards. Thinking of nominating or sponsoring? Visit our Awards page for more information. Nominations are open until 31st July 2022.
W.Media would also like to extend our appreciation to our partners and sponsors for making the Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention (Ho Chi Minh) 2022 convention a success: Vietnam Internet Association, VNCDC, CIO Vietnam, FPT Smart Cloud, Onion Technology, Huawei, Viettel, Schneider Electric, VTI Cloud, Starline, H1 Systems, iTD Global Group, Tate, STULZ, DCI Data Centers, Kohler, BLOMTEQ, PowerShield, Talaria, TKC, FLUKE Networks, and EPI.