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Discount Ends 31st August 2018

Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit

28 September 2018

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech


  • 0730h
  • Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 0900h
  • Welcome
  • 0910h
  • Opening Keynote
  • 0935h
  • Africa Data Centre Leadership Roundtable
    Leaders from Africa’s data center and cloud infrastructure sector discuss the latest industry and technology trends impacting the sector and the position of the market on the global stage.
  • 1015h
  • Investment and Finance: Data Centre, Cloud and IoT Expansion for Africa’s Data Economy
    Current Investment
    Infrastructure finance
    Future outlook
  • 1045h
  • Morning Networking Break
  • 1115h
  • The challenge of Connectivity: Developing Rapid Data Centre Connectivity
    How will operators bring free transit to the continent through Fibre and Peering?
    Growth plans for connectivity, local and offshore hosting, and subsea connectivity
    How will innovative Fibre and Satellite Broadband solutions succeed?
  • 1145h
  • Case Study
  • 1200h
  • Can Africa Leapfrog Legacy Infrastructure Development Models?
    The proliferation of mobile phones across a continent of an often widely dispersed population has helped to drive adoption of an unofficial ‘mobile first’-type service provision. Fintech solutions are flourishing where access to traditional banking is not available, while technology start-ups are developing innovation in IoT and making use of emergent technologies such as blockchain and other ‘edge’ infrastructures. What lies behind the adoption of emergent technologies? What use cases can we observe? Is the infrastructure in place to enable universal adoption? And can we speculate on how this will shape the future of IT infrastructure for the continent?
  • 1230h
  • Keynote
  • 1300h
  • Lunch
  • 1415h
  • Data Centre Design and Build Challenges Unique to Africa
    Economies of scale have dramatically altered the way facilities are constructed. New technologies for power, cooling, and network as well as Open Compute Project (OCP) have played major roles in the way facilities are designed, built, and operated. Although economies of scale are possible in developed markets they may not work in Africa. What alternatives are likely?
    Location, terrain, weather – identifying the build challenges for new data centre facilities
    Container solutions
    Technology parks
    Planning permission
    Local construction
  • 1500h
  • The risk of Power: Preparing Power for the era of IoT, smart cities and hyperscales
    Power supply across the continent is variable, often lacking in investment and necessarily slow in development. Renewable energy resources still rare. Overall power remains a critical challenge as we move into the era of IoT, smart cities and hyperscales.
    What innovative power solutions are being adopted?
    Predicting and preparing for grid outage in data centres
    How will Power Grid development and capacity evolve?
    What possibilities are there for Renewable energy, Solar and wind power?
  • 1540h
  • Case Study/Keynote
  • 1600h
  • Afternoon Networking Break
  • 1630h
  • Building a Business Plan for Africa’s Data Centres
    Expert Panel: Data Centre infrastructure development plan in short, medium and long term
    What is critical?
    What may be practical?
    What might be possible?
  • 1745h
  • Closing Keynote
  • 1815h
  • Chair’s Concluding Remarks and End of Conferenc