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On 7th of October 2021, W.Media hosted the second edition of South Asia Cloud and Data Centre Awards Summit.
This event’s gold sponsor was Legrand Data Center Solutions, industry sponsors were Web Werks Data Centers India and ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (India) & Techno Electric & Engineering Co. Ltd. There has been a significant increase in the demand for data centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the states in India are attemping to set up data centres.
Renowned speakers were a part of this event including Abhishek Krishna, IAS, Jt. CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Michael Goh, VP & GM, APAC, Iron Mountain Data Centers, Mayank Srivastava, Chief Development Officer, BDx Data Centers, Surajit Chatterjee, Managing Director, CapitaLand India, Data Centre Group, Manish Shangari, VP Business Leader, Data Center, Digital – Infrastructure – Global Buildings + Places, AECOM, Nikhil Rathi, Founder & CEO, Web Werks India Pvt. Ltd, Alok Khanna, Executive Director – Strategic IS, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Sujoy Sen, Head IT, South Asia, The Linde Group, Nitin Sawant, Partner – Cloud and Enterprise Architecture, EY N. K. Singh, CEO, Data Center Guru, Sreejith G, VP- Datacentre Operations, STT Telemedia Global Data Centers, Girish Dhavale, Chief Technical Officer – Data Center Business, Sify Technologies and others.
In the keynote session by Abhishek Krishna, IAS, Jt. CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, he spoke about the initiatives that the Government of India is taking in order to make India a new technology leader.
As India puts in place Data localisation initiatives, data centers will assume new significance. However, challenges remain from availability of land to setting up data centers in urban centers such as Mumbai puts considerable stress on the State’s power requirements. With help of this panel session, thought leaders can put in place a roadmap, which could help all the stakeholders, these points were discussed in the first panel of the event titled ‘ In a post-pandemic world, are Data Centers the new gold mines?’. This panel session was moderated by Venkatesh G, Deputy Editor, W. Media and the panellists included Michael Goh, VP & GM, APAC, Data Centers, Iron Mountain, Mayank Srivastava, Chief Development Officer, BDx Data Centers, Surajit Chatterjee, Managing Director, CapitaLand India, Data Centre Group, Manish Shangari, VP Business Leader, Data Center, Digital – Infrastructure – Global Buildings + Places, AECOM.
The other panel sessions touched upon the organisations migrating to cloud and overcoming the challenges, digital transformation and cybersecurity in an organisation and included topics which included ‘Hear from the best technology and business leaders across South Asia on managing disruption’, ‘Cloud consolidation & migration success stories – how to overcome challenges?’, ‘Critical role of data centre service & maintenance teams in evolving data centres during this pandemic’ and ‘Pivot your digital transformation culture & amp up the organisation’s cybersecurity & technology infrastructure needs.’
The presentations covered the following areas, ‘Implication of optimising floor space’ which was presented by Anjani Kumar Kommisetti, Country Manager – India & SAARC, Raritan and ‘Data centres are the nerve centre for digital transformation. India, leading the APAC growth’, was presented by Nikhil Rathi, Founder & CEO, Web Werks Data Centers.
The presentation session titled ‘The differences and challenges between operating traditional on-premise IT infrastructure and cloud based applications.’ Louise Bunting, CIO Yondr Group spoke about moving from the financial services industry, where she was involved in complex on-premise migrations to the cloud, into Yondr which operates using public cloud based applications. She discussed the differences in operating models and complexities of running digital transformation in the construction industry.
The event included a keynote session, five panel sessions and three presentations. The attendees got a chance to network with tech leaders from the industry and get insights on the areas of digital transformation, data centres, cloud migration and the challenges involved and improving the cybersecurity of an organisation. Over 500 people had attended the digital event.