IDC Cloud Enabling a Hybrid Multicloud Ecosystem

DIGITAL Event | June 8, 2021


In light of the immense challenges that characterized 2020, cloud adoption is no longer merely an option; indeed, it is a necessity that promises tremendous rewards across entire organizations. As the region's enterprises dramatically accelerate their digital transformation journeys, they need to embrace the power of cloud computing and its holy grail – frictionless, hybrid multicloud that provides infrastructure-agnostic views and unified management capabilities across all clouds and even legacy datacenters.

 Highlighted as the key technology in IDC's five stages of enterprise recovery, cloud has emerged as the fastest path and natural choice to enable a resilient digital infrastructure. CIOs across the region are aggressively investing in increasing their cloud leverage, and the effectiveness of their cloud strategies will be a critical factor shaping their competitiveness and growth post recovery.

 This exciting digital event will feature a dynamic agenda hosted by senior IDC analysts, digital transformation pioneers, and hybrid cloud experts. Don't miss this chance to discover the latest developments in the region's hybrid multicloud market, garner critical insights into cloud solutions that work for you, and set your organization on a strategic, digitally driven path towards an impactful hybrid cloud journey.

CIO Masterclass Arena

Ghinwa Baradhi

Chief Information Officer MENAT, HSBC Bank (UAE)

Sanjay Khanna


Nick Burton

Chief Information & Digital Officer, AVON International (UK)

Ali Abdulla Hassan

Head of IT, National Oil & Gas Authority

Fuad Al Ansari

VP, IT & General Services Division, Al Dhafra Petroleum (ADNOC) (UAE)

Ahmad M. Almulla

Former EVP, Corporate Services, Emirates Global Aluminium (UAE)

Mohammad Altura

Chief - Information Technology Sector, Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA)

Peter Jamieson

Chief Technology Officer, Department of Culture and Tourism

Eng. Majed A. Al-Shangiti

CIO, Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP)


Time Event & Speakers

Welcome Address

Yash Pal Dogra

Senior Conference Manager, Middle East and Africa

Exploring the Value of a Cloud Centric and Autonomous Digital Infrastructure

Matthew Eastwood

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure & Datacenters, IDC

2020 has pressure tested digital infrastructures around the globe while forcing business leaders to rethink the foundational importance of cloud as they seek the necessary scale, agility and efficiency necessary to be a digitally driven enterprise. The cloud ecosystem that is emerging will take better advantage of flexible consumption and asset usage models which stretches from edge to core. In this session, Mr. Eastwood will explore the cloud-centric, autonomous operations necessary to meet the digital business challenges of the next normal.


Hybrid Cloud Resiliency: the “ONE” platform approach

Elie Saliby

Cyber Security Consultant, Trend Micro

Smarter tools, services, and new ways of working are driving innovation across businesses of all sizes —and the sustained success of these transformations relies heavily on securing them. Indeed, everything needs to be developed with effective security in place, and hybrid multi-cloud deployments, which introduce additional cybersecurity challenges, are no exception. With the use of cloud services becoming increasingly strategic and diverse for business resiliency, securing cloud-native applications, the underlying infrastructure, and the automation platforms that orchestrate their deployment, necessitates revisiting threat models, committing to streamlined methodologies, and leveraging purposeful controls.

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5Rs: which strategy is right for your application modernization & migration to the cloud

Stephane Estevez

EMEA Product Marketing Director, IT Markets, Splunk

So you’re up to speed on what the cloud is and why it’s the right move for your business. Now comes the how - and spoiler alert, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Many organizations are moving towards a multi-cloud or hybrid approach in the hopes of performance optimization, cost savings, and flexibility. Although achievable, this trend comes with various challenges in gaining visibility for monitoring, cost control and securing an organization's infrastructure, data and applications. So it’s important to implement the right migration strategy, in the right way, for your business.

To help, this session will discuss the 5 different strategies for cloud migration and application modernization; Rehost, Refactor, Revise, Rebuild, Replace. We’ll review their pros and cons, and highlight the potential challenges if the time comes to combine them.



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Delivering Enterprise Level Agility in the Cloud Era

Today’s organizations looking to digitally transform are forced to weigh cost controls vs. business agility. Despite corporate decision makers finding a clear link between cloud computing and business agility, the main concern is still cost savings rather than potential benefits. This session will cut through the hype and present the facts about what cloud can really deliver to both IT and the organization as a whole.



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Managing Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Hybrid cloud management makes efficient use of public cloud hardware resources in data center administration or web hosting. Hybrid cloud management permits IT professionals in complex business organizations to procure the lowest costs on hardware resources through competitive bidding across platforms. Learn more about SDN hybrid cloud management software that enhances data security, guarantees continual uptime, and ensures the continuity of business services.



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Future Intelligence: Putting Hyperscale Analytics to Work 

Hyperscale is the ability of an IT system or architecture to scale exponentially and rapidly to respond to demand that is increasingly heavily. With hyperscale datacenters, enterprises can replace individual physical components as opposed to replacing the entire server. This approach gives extreme flexibility in scaling at the physical level, as components can be added modularly. Learn more about how hyperscale datacenters are changing the game from the way hardware components are sourced to the way they are designed.


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Cloud Is the Gateway to All Things DX

In today’s digital world, the benefits of cloud are increasingly being recognized by organizations across the region. Indeed, there is growing consensus that cloud is the springboard for any successful digital transformation journey. Join this session and learn more about the benefits of cloud computing and how it has transformed doing business. Be it flexibility, agility, speed, balance, scale, shared applications and services, business continuity and disaster recovery, cloud architectures have become a key component in organizational survival and gaining a competitive edge.




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Overcoming App Modernization and Data Integration Issues Across Cloud Silos

According to IDC research, in 2021, enterprise cloud architects will recognize that operational complexity is reaching a breaking point. ITOps, DevOps, and CloudOps teams will struggle to maintain service levels, manage costs, and ensure security and compliance across loosely coupled hybrid and multicloud architectures spanning private clouds, public clouds, hosted clouds, and traditional datacenters and edge systems. This session will provide a useful array of tools and strategies to break down silos and a simpler approach to managing complexity

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Impact of DX Strategies on Infrastructure

Although DX across organizations bears certain similarities, each is unique based on their exact needs. Executives driving an organization’s DX efforts need to assess their IT investments, management strategies, implementation/integration roadmaps, talent acquisition and retention, and cloud migration/storage options to ensure a DX journey that enhances the organization’s performance on multiple fronts.


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Track Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Track A: Managing Hybrid Infrastructure

13:30 - 13:35

Start of Session Raffle

13:35 - 13:50

Unleash your Data in your Modern Datacenter and Multicloud

Mohamad Rizk

Senior Regional Technical Director (Middle East and Russia), Veeam
13:50 - 14:05

Making a Hybrid Cloud a Reality: What’s the missing link?

Paulo Pereira

Senior Director, Systems Engineering, Nutanix
14:05 - 14:20

Infrastructure planning for a Hybrid Multi-cloud Enterprise.

14:20 - 14:25

End of Session Raffle

Track B: Evolving Security Best Practices for Cloud Services

13:30 - 13:35

Start of Session Raffle

13:35 - 13:50

Securing Hybrid Multicloud Deployments

Apollinaire Moreno

Public Cloud Sales Lead, International Emerging Markets, Fortinet
13:50 - 14:05

Cloud Migration and Compliance: The Changing Face of Risk

14:05 - 14:15

Managing Performance, Security & Trust of a Cloud Enterprise

14:20 - 14:25

End of Session Raffle

Track C: Maximizing Agility & Minimizing Risk in Deployment and Migration

13:30 - 13:35

Start of Session Raffle

13:35 - 13:50

Impact of Cloud Delivery Models and Applications

Harish Dunakhe

Research Director, Software and Cloud, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey
13:50 - 14:05

Application Modernization for a Cloud Ready Enterprise

14:05 - 14:15

Enterprise IT Speed of Innovation Driven by Agile Dev-Ops Platforms

14:20 - 14:25

End of Session Raffle

Track D: Future Intelligence: Putting Hyperscale Analytics to Work

13:30 - 13:35

Start of Session Raffle

13:35 - 13:50

Digital Business Demands Data Resiliency and Business Continuity

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC
13:50 - 14:05

Leveraging Cloud Capabilities for AI & ML Decision making

14:05 - 14:15

Enterprise IT Speed of Innovation Driven by Agile Dev-Ops Platforms

14:20 - 14:25

End of Session Raffle


Networking & Gamification

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Close of Event


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Digital Event



Wednesday, June 8, 2020



11:00 AM




Registration Fee
Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT + Consultant companies)


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