The inaugural MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on 9 June 2015 [also see: 2015 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference presentations].
The event attracted 550 delegates, which consisted mainly of executives and IT professionals in the South African cloud and hosting industry, and served as a platforms for them to meet, share ideas, and network.
Many of the country’s top executives were speakers at the event, sharing information about hosting services, data centres, cloud computing, virtualisation, hosting infrastructure, and connectivity.
The photos below of the 2015 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference provide an overview of this very successful event.
Delegates were welcomed to the conference with a goodie bag, sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems.
The Disaster Recovery SA Mobile Technology Centre impressed many delegates at the entrance.
Just to make sure no one missed the turn-off, Vodacom branding showed where the event was held.
People who attended the conference had the opportunity to visit the exhibitions, network with fellow professionals, and enjoy the refreshments sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems.
Delegates listen to a presentation at the 2015 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference.
Aki Anastasiou – MC from Radio 702
Aki Anastasiou showed why he is the best MC in South Africa, by providing an excellent introduction to the conference and entertaining the audience throughout the event.
Jan Hnizdo – Teraco
Jan Hnizdo, Chief Financial Officer at Teraco, discussed International Trends in Data Centre Outsourcing. He shed light on various aspects of data centre infrastructure, including the value of colocation and how to select the best colocation provider.
Grant Morgan – Dimension Data
Grant Morgan, General Manager of Cloud at Dimension Data, discussed the impact of cloud services on the future, and what it offers businesses. He also provided an overview of Dimension Data’s extensive service offerings in the field.
Nick Toozs-Hobson – Hitachi Data Systems
Nick Toozs-Hobson, Vice President for Cloud and Services at Hitachi Data Systems in EMEA, provided an overview of the challenges faced by businesses, and the solutions which are available to solve these problems.
Cloud and Hosting panel discussion
The Cloud and Hosting panel discussion was chaired by MyBroadband editor Rudolph Muller, where he was joined by: Michele McCann, Head of Business Development, Interconnection and Peering at NAPAfrica; Ian Jansen Van Rensburg, Senior Manager at VMware Southern Africa and WECA; and Dominic White, Chief Technology Officer at SensePost.
This panel discussion shed light on peering, connectivity, security, and virtualisation in the cloud and hosting arena.
Lunch is served
Delegates enjoyed lunch, sponsored by Vodacom. This also gave them an opportunity to see what was on offer from exhibitors in the cloud and hosting market.
Need some coffee?
Hetzner set up an area where people could enjoy a cup of excellent coffee.
Michael Needham – Amazon Web Services
Michael Needham, Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, discussed the changes which cloud brings, what Amazon Web Services offers, and what sets them apart from the competition.
Suveer Ramdhani – Seacom
Suveer Ramdhani, Chief Development Officer at Seacom, provided a snapshot of what South Africa’s connectivity landscape looks like, how it has changed over the years, and what can be expected in future.
Nkosi Kumalo – Vodacom
Nkosi Kumalo, Executive Head: Cloud Computing at Vodacom, talked about Vodacom’s hosting facilities, its cloud services, and the solutions available to companies which are looking at cloud services.
Chris Yelland – EE Publishers
Chris Yelland, Energy Expert and MD of EE Publishers, gave a presentation on South Africa’s energy crisis, where the problems lie, and what can be done to solve them.
There were a few lucky-draw prize winners at the 2015 MyBroadband Cloud and Hosting Conference.
Cocktails and networking
After the event, delegates enjoyed cocktails sponsored by Vodacom, networked, and had a last chance to see what was on offer from the exhibitors.