IDC Cloud Enabling a Hybrid Multicloud Ecosystem

DIGITAL Event | June 16, 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

Hamza Naqshbandi

Regional Director (Saudi Arabia & Bahrain), IDC

IDC Keynote: Future of Digital Infrastructure: Cloud Redefines Consumption

Matthew Eastwood

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure & Datacenters, IDC

Emerging technologies continue to disrupt the way business is done all around the world. Enterprises looking to compete in today’s marketplace are fast realizing the necessity of a comprehensive digital transformation (DX) blueprint that integrates various 3rd Platform technologies across the entire organization and its eco-system.

Envisioning and building a dynamic, scalable and resilient, cloud-based digital infrastructures that forms the digital foundation to drive the future-of-work, data management, customer experience, and digital innovation is central to the success and sustainability of DX.



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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Datacenter Optimization Within a Transition to Cloud

More than ever, datacenters must evolve to provide the agility and efficiency that accelerate business growth. Powerful technologies already exist to facilitate rapid service delivery such as cloud, high-performance computing, and big data analytics. These technologies provide huge opportunities for organizations, helping them transform their data center infrastructure to meet the requirements of today’s business while laying the groundwork for a next-generation data center that supports even greater business innovation and efficiency.


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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

Yazeed Al Qarni

Senior Cloud Specialist Engineer, Oracle

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?

Mohammad Abulhouf

Regional Sales Director (KSA & Bahrain), 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

Cloud Security: The Next and Inevitable Frontier

Will Parsons

Solutions Architect, Rackspace Technology
13:50 - 14:05

Scale up Security for Cloud IT Management and Future IT Trends

Karthik Ananda Rao

Chief Evangelist, ManageEngine
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

Jawad Khalil

Program Manager, Telecoms KSA, IDC
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

Mufasir Yousuf

Senior Research Analyst, IT Services and Software, CEMA
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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General Information


Digital Event



Wednesday, June 16, 2020



11:00 AM




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


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