DreamWorks infrastructure chief to speak at Cloud & DC Edge 2018

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DreamWorks infrastructure chief to speak at Cloud & DC Edge 2018

[Blog post] Latest speakers revealed.

DreamWorks Animations' vice president of platforms and infrastructure Justin Decker is set to reveal the company's data centre architecture and strategies at Cloud & DC Edge 2018 on 13–15 March on the Gold Coast.

In his keynote at the summit, Decker will explain how DreamWorks is "building multi-purpose, all-inclusive and agile data centre capabilities”. 

The new capabilities will act as a “multi-cloud federation of distributed data channels” to link offices around the world, enabling shared capacity and greater control for its system administrators.

Two key data centre trends

Cloud & DC Edge 2018 is the annual cloud and data centre summit iTnews runs in partnership with ADAPT Ventures.

Among its many themes, the summit will explore two key data centre trends: the continued rise of hyperscale cloud and the decentralisation of IT to the edge of the network.

Two keynote speakers in edge computing have now been confirmed.

Mark Thiele, Apcera’s chief strategy officer and CIO, will explain how the world’s leading smart cities are applying edge devices, IoT and 5G, while EdgeConneX’s chief innovation officer Phill Lawson-Shanks will explain how Australia enterprises can capitalise on edge infrastructure.

In addition, NEXTDC’s head of engineering and design Jeff Van Zetten and Matt Gurr, associate, built environment at Aurecon, will explain how hyperscale Tier IV co-location data centres may be the solution to enterprise issues such as rising energy costs.

Case studies from local enterprise IT leaders

iTnews has recently revealed why EB Games ditched IaaS for PaaS in its ecommerce platform upgrade, and you’ll be able to hear the detailed story in person from EB Games' senior technology manager, Kevin Clarke, along with the company’s plans for next-generation services.

Other speakers from leading local enterprises include:

  • Rob Warcup, technology security lead for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation, who will reveal how the corporation is deploying modular data centres, along with its cyber security strategies.
  • GE Digital’s senior director program management, Kamal Nankani, on putting DevOps at the heart of your business, and how software-defined networking has made GE Digital’s network more dynamic.
  • Beau Tydd, Queensland Airports’ general manager, Technology and Innovation, on how the company is refreshing legacy systems for greater usability and efficiency, instead of undertaking an expensive overhaul.
  • Queensland Urban Utilities’ information security manager, Rob Wiggan, on managing the critical cyber risks associated with a utility.
  • HSBC Australia CIO Ben Tabell on the changing role of the IT function and what skills are likely to be in demand in 2020 and beyond.
  • Chris Webb, general manager of commercial strategy and delivery for the Department of Internal Affairs NZ, on the New Zealand public sector’s digital journey and how the cloud has been a key aspect of its transformation.

These speakers are in addition to those who we’ve previously covered: AirTrunk CTO Damien Spillane; Carsales’ AI and machine learning tech lead Agustinus Nalwan; George Weston Foods enterprise architect Stephen Harris; News Corp’s chief architect of digital services, cloud and cyber, Nicholas Tan; and Uptime Institute South Asia managing director John Duffin.

Other speakers

Cloud & DC Edge 2018 also offers the opportunity to network with your peers and update your knowledge on a variety of cloud and data centre technologies, with sessions featuring:

  • Equinix Australia managing director Jeremy Deutsch and RACV senior network and infrastructure architect, Michael Gill, on how interconnection can help transform and optimise IT architectures for hybrid cloud environments
  • Andrew Kirker, Schneider Electric’s general manager of data centres, on the twin topics of data centre centralisation and decentralisation
  • Joseph Smith, Singtel’s product director, cloud, and Sonia Basser, IBM’s VP industry platforms and financial services for APAC, on how to choose between migrating to cloud and staying on-premise
  • Brian Gormley, performance management specialist at Riverbed Technology, on measuring end-user experience of cloud applications
  • Vertiv’s managing director Australia and New Zealand Robert Linsdell on managing critical infrastructure for the Internet of Things
  • OneAsia executive director Heng Wai Mun on the advances in data storage for Asia’s hyper-connected future.
  • Brent Stafford, HERE Technologies’ director of business solutions APAC, on the new generation of data analytics delivering automation.

Cloud & DC Edge is being held at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on 13–15 March. With only 150 tickets available, don’t delay in securing your place at Australia’s leading cloud and infrastructure event. For more information and to register, visit ADAPT’s website.

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Glenn Rees
Glenn Rees is Commercial Editor across nextmedia's B2B titles, including iTnews and CRN, and Editor of Business IT and IoT Hub. Glenn has more than 25 years’ experience as an editor, publisher, journalist and writer covering technology and business. Before joining nextmedia, he worked with leading enterprises in the IT, telecommunications and financial sectors as a writer and content strategist. He previously spent 20 years in senior editorial roles on the marquee technology titles published by ACP (now Bauer Media).
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