The 2016 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on 25 May 2016, attracting a record number of delegates.
The conference provided a platform for IT executives and managers from various industries to interact and do business with South Africa’s top cloud and hosting providers.
Delegates also enjoyed presentations from South Africa’s top cloud and hosting experts, who gave an excellent overview of the local industry and developments in the field.
This article provides a synopsis of the conference proceedings and highlights of the event.
Delegates arrive, enjoy morning refreshments, and visit the exhibitions.
Delegates seated, ready for the conference to start.
The conference kicked off with a laser show, sponsored by the FTTH Council.
Emcee Aki Anastasiou opened the conference with an excellent overview of the cloud and hosting industry in South Africa.
Jacques Loubser, group executive converged infrastructure solutions at Business Connexion, discussed “The Digital Revolution, powered by Cloud”.
Michael Needham, Head of Solutions Architecture at Amazon Web Services, talked about “The new normal in Enterprise IT”.
Dominic White, Chief Technology Officer at SensePost, gave an overview of “Opportunities for Security Revolutions in the Cloud”.
David Bollaert, resilience advisor at Disaster Recovery South Africa, shared information on “How Cloud infrastructure is improving Organisational Resilience”.
Clifford De Wit, Chief Innovation Officer at Microsoft SA, kept delegates engaged with his presentation “Tomorrow’s breakthroughs”.
Managing Executive of Business Solutions at Vodacom Business Ermano Quartero, Chief Technical Officer at FibreCo Marius Mostert, and Val Moodley, the Senior Manager of Enterprise Cloud at MTN, shared the stage for the excellent cloud and hosting panel discussion.
Lunch was sponsored by Business Connexion.
Suveer Ramdhani, Chief Development Officer at Seacom, gave an overview of “Connectivity: Status as an enabler to Services” in South Africa and Africa.
David Meintjes, Managing Director at Connection Telecom, discussed the changing telecommunications landscape.
Allen Mitchell, cloud consultant at Commvault Cloud Solutions Group EMEA, shared information on “Preparing for the Unexpected”.
Tertius Bouwer, lead systems engineer at Citrix Networking, talked about “Information Technology trends and evolution”.
Grant Morgan, general manager for cloud at Dimension Data, discussed real-world applications for cloud solutions.
Cocktails served, courtesy of Citrix, Connection Telecom/Telviva, Commvault, and DRSA.
Delegates enjoy drinks and networking.
Business Connexion hands out great prizes at its exhibitor stand.