Datacloud Europe discusses challenges facing the African data centre market

datacloudThe DataCloud Awards took place on 6 June in Monaco. (Image source: datacloud awards/google plus)Datacloud Europe is taking place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco with a special colocated summit, 'Invest in Africa's Data Centres' 

The two-day event which kicked off 7 June and is running until 8 June, will welcome the main players in the data centre industry including Orange, Vodafone and Schneider Electric.

In the afternoon session on 7 June a special summit saw a roundtable chaired by Michael Robin OBE, discussing challenges in data centre deployment in Africa. On the panel was Oliver Lambeth, CEO, Cape DC, Lee Smith, director, DS Experienced Datasmiths, Peter Alfred-Adekeye, CEO, CTO, Multiven and Ross Macdonald, principal, highlighting that a rising demand for data comes with its challenges, such as problems with infrastructure, security and energy efficiency across the continent.

Communications Africa spoke to Alastair Waite, Data Centre Solutions Architect Europe and Kam Patel, Global Data Centre Solutions  director, about a high speed migration solution for the continent to meet the surging demand for data. Waite said, 'We have operations in South Africa. Around Johannesburg we have a number of sales offices. We also cover a lot of countries around South Africa and the West of Africa. 'High speed migration will support the growing demand for data in the continent,' said Waite. The high speed migration platform uses modular building blocks to support the growing speeds and densities that new applications and architectures demand.

Patel also noted 'We want to be where our customers are. For example, we see some of the financial sector moving in and we try to support those customers. We have a large distribution network globally and we have some manufacturers in South Africa."

Prior to Datacloud Europe, the annual Datacloud Awards ceremony, hosted by Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, took place 6 June at Le Sporting, Monaco, recognising excellence in the data centre market. A number of companies (listed below) were shortlisted for the awards.

The winners of the 2017 Datacloud Awards are:

Data Centre Cutting Edge Breakthrough - Nautilus Data Technologies

Excellence in Connectivity for Data Centres Award - Global Cloud Xchange

Best Energy Solution Award – EvoSwitch

Best Use of Cloud in Major Enterprise Award - Equinix Europe

Young Technical Leader of the Year Award - Tim Holm, CBRE Data Centre Solutions

African Data Centre Location Award - Grand Bassam City, Ivory Coast presented by Orange

Data Centre Location Award - Marseille Data Centre Campus, presented by Interxion France

Excellence in Cloud Service Award - Global Cloud Xchange

Data Centre Above And Beyond Award – DigiPlex

Excellence in Data Centre Service Award - VIRTUS Data Centres

Cloud Leadership Award - Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, VP, WW Indirect Digital Services HPE

Data Centre Leadership Award - Charles-Antoine Beyney, Founder and CEO, Etix Everywhere

Industry Energy Innovation Award – Munters

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