LinkedIn's data centre lead to keynote Cloud & DC Edge 2017

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LinkedIn's data centre lead to keynote Cloud & DC Edge 2017

[Blog post] First round of speakers revealed.

iTnews is pleased to announce that LinkedIn’s principal engineer of global infrastructure architecture and strategy, Yuval Bachar, will be one of the keynote speakers at Cloud & DC Edge 2017.

Bachar is responsible for LinkedIn’s global data centre architecture strategy and implementing the company’s future mega-scale DCs. He is also the architect of LinkedIn’s Open 19, a new open standard for racks and servers.

Before joining LinkedIn, Bachar was Facebook’s lead for data centre networking hardware and part of the team behind the Open Compute Project.

Cloud & DC Edge is the annual cloud and data centre summit iTnews runs in partnership with ADAPT Ventures (previously known as SE-Corp).

The shift to hybrid

We’ve also locked in several local speakers for the summit, which will be held on the Gold Coast on 14–16 March 2017.

Matt Chamley, head of IT services at PwC Australia, will explain why and how the professional services firm closed its data centre and migrated to hybrid cloud.

The shift to hybrid will be a common theme at the summit, as Greg Byrne, senior consultant at UXC, will talk about his time as project lead at Deutsche Bank where he consolidated 20 regional data centres into a hybrid cloud.

And Ian Gibson, CIO of SuperChoice, will explain how the superannuation clearing services company migrated to a cloud management platform in its quest for “ruthless automation” with no vendor lock-in.

The cloud has its own problems, of course, and REA Group’s engineering manager, Daniel Haughey, will reveal how the digital real estate company weathered the recent AWS Sydney availability zone outage relatively unscathed.

Data centre infrastructure

Data centre operators haven’t been forgotten, however. Scott Heaney, Melbourne Airport’s ICT service operations manager, will speak about the modular data centre infrastructure behind the southern hemisphere’s first fully-automated, self-service bag drop.

Derek Paterson, director of NSW GovDC and marketplace services, will explain how the centre was transformed from a co-location provider to a digital marketplace of ICT services for NSW government agencies.

And who better to talk about the latest data centre trends and state of play in the industry than Bevan Slattery, founder of Pipe Networks, NextDC, Megaport, Superloop and now Cloudscene.

Other speakers at Cloud & DC Edge 2017 will include:

  • Brent Stafford from HERE, on the navigation technology behind Facebook, Twitter and Dominos
  • Mike Andrea from Strategic Directions, on the energy-related challenges facing data centre operators
  • John Hainsworth from Aurecon, on what AI, building information modelling and other new digital engineering initiatives mean for data centres, and
  • Joseph Smith from Singtel-Optus, on how IT infrastructure jobs are changing.

More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks, covering topics ranging from hyperconvergence and edge computing to serverless architecture and software-defined data centres.

So make sure you save the date: Cloud & DC Edge 2017 will be held at Gold Coast’s Royal Pines on 14–16 March 2017.

Early-bird tickets for the summit are available now or you can register your interest to stay informed on updates.

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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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