Cloud and Datacenter Roadshow 2018

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Cloud and Datacenter Roadshow 2018

Next-Gen Datacenters: Making Cloud a Reality

Lagos, August 15, 2018


The Africa enterprise infrastructure market is gradually maturing as an increasing number of organizations embrace more efficient, consolidated, manageable, and cloud-enabled infrastructures. Sitting at the heart of this shift is the implementation of digital transformation initiatives and the adoption of 3rd Platform technologies like cloud, mobility, social business, and Big Data analytics. Such developments are reshaping the datacenter and driving organizations to reassess their associated architecture.

The modern datacenter continues to evolve in line with evolving business demands and advancements in technology. As such, IDC is seeing notable changes within key datacenter-related technology markets like servers, storage, and networking, as well as a gradual shift to newer consolidated systems. Ultimately, for cloud to become a reality, datacenters must evolve and become more agile, enabling organizations to embrace innovative solutions that are more scalable and manageable.

With all this in mind, join IDC and key industry players as we discuss the dynamics of the next-generation datacenter and examine the role that cloud and mobility will play in paving the way for enterprises to leverage IT as a genuine business enabler. Respected thought leaders will be on hand throughout the day to ensure you gain strategic insights into making your cloud and datacenters even more effective.


Time Event Speakers

Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee


Early Bird Raffle Draw !!


IDC Welcome Address

Swapna Subramani
Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa

Next-Gen Datacenters: Making Cloud a Reality

Swapna Subramani
Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa

The Africa datacenter landscape has swiftly matured over the past years. Adoption of 3rd platform technologies by enterprises has necessitated a more pro-active future outlook among the regions IT executives with efficiency and optimization within the datacenter becoming key. The datacenter has transformed from being a business support function to a business enabling function. Even amidst the tough economic and political climate in the region, datacenters today are transforming in order to make cloud a reality along with using innovative efficiency enhancements. This presentation covers some of the latest trends and market size dynamics indicating the transformation to datacenters of the future.


Line of Business Involvement in Datacenters and Cloud

The LOBs have increasing influence on the IT decisions with shadow IT becoming a reality among the regions enterprises. While the LOB have a direct influence on cloud usage, they may or may not be as involved in the datacenter transformation. This presentation assesses the influence the LOBs today have within datacenters and how much the influence cloud adoption.


Importance for Security within the Overall Datacenter Strategy


With the rapid advent of digital technologies, organizations are becoming more and more vulnerable to threats. Hence security is playing an important role within the datacenter strategy planning cycle without which the digital transformation vision cannot be safely realized. This presentation highlights some of the security best practices within the modern datacenter



Cloud Enabling Technologies

Cloud ready infrastructures are different from traditional IT infrastructures from both hardware, software and management perspectives. Datacenters need to be consolidated, virtualized, software-centric and cloud enabled in order to be truly future ready. This presentation will cover the transformation of the datacenter into a cloud enabling function.


Tea/Coffee & Networking


Software- Defined Everything

The adoption of server virtualization technology in the region is continuing to accelerate as organizations consolidate critical applications on virtual machines. These deployments will see organizations exploit other benefits of server virtualization, such as high availability, increased flexibility and scalability, and simplified disaster recovery. The adoption of ‘virtualization' today is broadening to storage, network and desktop virtualization. This will be the main driver for the Software-Defined “Everything” market being the next logical step to efficient control and centralized management in a fully virtualized environment.


Shift in Compute Architecture

The rate of business change within organizations has accelerated and necessitated a more rapid transformation of the datacenter. Server, storage, and networking vendors have created a set of offerings that resonate very well with datacenter operators looking for the next level of infrastructure efficiency within their highly virtualized environments. IDC expects the benefits that converged systems and organizations are slowly shifting to more converged and consolidated systems for their compute architecture.


The Flashy future of datacenter storage

Solid-State Drives (SSD’s), that are essentially an oversized and sophisticated version of the USB memory stick, are slowly making their way from the consumer to enterprise storage environments. The enterprise space has been traditionally dominated by tape and disk drives with the latter still accounting for almost 99% share of the enterprise external storage market. However, the past 2 years have seen SSD’s gain prominence among enterprises with a variety of options in terms of flash storage adoption. This presentation introduces the growing prominence of flash within enterprise storage systems.


Panel Discussion - NextGen Datacenters: Making Cloud a Reality


Summary & Close


Raffle Draw


Lunch & Networking

General Information

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 15, 2018



Registration Fee

  • Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT +consultant companies)
  • USD 500 Per Participant : For IT vendors, and IT consultant companies


For More Information, contact:

Theresa Eshiet - +234 1 2770303 /


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Why sponsor the Cloud and Datacenter Roadshow 2018?

  • Brand association with Senior IT Decision Makers and Influencers via the extensive promotional campaign pre- and post-event
  • Position your company as one of the leading technology players in the Region
  • Meet face-to-face and build connections with a targeted group of qualified end users and decision makers
  • Hold meaningful conversations with potential customers – generous time set aside for networking
  • Secure post show appointments by collecting leads & conducting surveys through the exhibition



The Four Points by Sheraton Lagos is ideally located in Lekki just minutes from the Mobil and Chevron offices. We're a great base for exploring and enjoying the gorgeous Lekki Peninsula, famed for its sprawling beaches and diverse tourist attractions


Theresa Etukodo Eshiet

Conference Manager, West Africa

+234 802 335 6732

About IDC

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