Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.
Dob Todorov, CEO and Co-founder of HeleCloud, talks though the company’s recent acquisition by SoftwareONE - optimistic that both organisations and their respective customer bases will see some major benefits as the Cloud continues to grow in importance as the post-pandemic business world seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of hybrid digital transformation.
John Hall, Managing Director Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, explains the company’s strategy as it builds out a network of 20 or so regional, or edge, UK colocation data centres. With the halfway point already in sight, he is confident that the company’s business model is an attractive proposition for a variety of customers. John also shares some fascinating insights as to how he sees the data centre industry developing over time, as it tries to reconcile increasing demand with its sustainability responsibilities.
Thor Johnsen, Head of Digital Infrastructure at investment company Triple Point Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) and Dominic Ward, CEO of Icelandic data centre operator Verne Global, discuss the investment company’s recent acquisition of the Icelandic data centre operator, with sustainability very much front and centre. Both provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainable investment, operating truly sustainable data centres and of responding to the wider focus on environmental issues ahead of the COP26 Summit.
Andy Slater, Director (Azure Practice / N4Stack) at Node4 Ltd, talks about the twin hybrid opportunities for the Channel – hybrid IT and the hybrid workplace, emphasising the importance of providing the expertise and value which customers are not able to find within their own organisations.
Harald Nuij, Managing Director of Resello, talks about the company’s recent acquisition by Pax8, a global cloud management platform provider. The combination of Resello’s technology portfolio and Pax8’s MSP-focused platform, alongside their shared vision of accelerating cloud growth, provides a number of benefits for channel organisations of all sizes wishing to expand and improve their own cloud-based customer solutions.
Terry Storrar, Managing Director UK at Leaseweb, provides some valuable advice for the Channel as it seeks to address the challenges and opportunities resulting from more and more customers moving to the ‘pay as you use’ model, and for individual companies to distinguish themselves in such a competitive market.
Ciaran Bolger, Sales Director Strategic Business - Europe - Acronis, talks through the company's Cyber Protect Cloud solution, and how cloud distributors like Resello support MSPs to meet their clients' security requirements.
DW talks to Justin Augat, Vice President of Marketing and Marc Beder, VP of Solutions Architecture, both at iland Cloud, about the importance of understanding the true cost of acquiring enterprise-fit cloud services from the hyperscalers. They emphasise that end users need to carry out the necessary due diligence before committing to any cloud offering, regardless of the vendor.
DW talks cloud with Neville Louzado, Head of Sales at Hyve Managed Hosting, with the focus very much on the differences between unmanaged and managed cloud solutions and the overall benefits of taking a managed approach.
DW talks to Terry Storrar, Managing Director of Leaseweb UK. Terry covers his background inside (and out) of the IT industry, and shares his vision for developing the business as customers wrestle with digital challenges.
Digitalisation World talks to Neville Louzado, Head of Sales at Hyve Managed Hosting. Taking the impact of the pandemic as a starting point, the conversation ranges far and wide across cloud, security, 5G and the edge, HPC and AI, and sustainability.
Simon Spring, Operations Director of EMEA at WhereScape, discusses some of the common misconceptions surrounding data warehouses, data lakes, and data hubs, and why a proper understanding of each is key to building effective data infrastructure.