Saturday, 3 October 2015

Next Computing Forum, Dublin Oct 8th

Data Solutions, will host the first ever .Next Computing Forum on Thursday, October 8th 2015, at the Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7. The .Next Computing Forum will cut through the hype and explain how the current wave of disruptive data centre technologies will affect future IT plans for Irish businesses.

Key topics that will be covered at the event are data centre compute, storage, networking and virtualisation. This is the go-to industry event for senior business and IT professionals who want to prepare their business for the next wave of IT.  Industry experts will speak on the day including Niall McEntegart, Facebook Datacentre Operations Director for Europe, Howard Ting, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Nutanix; John Spencer, Director, Systems Engineering, Citrix; Derek Monahan, Director IT Service Management, Aer Lingus; and  Peter Cochrane, Former Chief Scientist, BT.

The event will cover where Irish businesses should begin with new technologies that promise to simplify IT; how virtualisation is creating challenges for legacy compute and storage architectures; and why web-scale companies like Google and Facebook have gone back to the drawing board when architecting their data centres.

.Next will explain what buzzwords like hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined architectures and flash storage mean. It will also explain what technologies are relevant to your organisation and what a practical roll-out strategy is for your workforce.

Michael O’Hara, managing director, Data Solutions, said, “The eagerness of industry commentators to slap the label “Next Generation” on anything and everything has left IT decision-makers wary of what exactly they should be looking for. While businesses may not match a Facebook or Google in absolute scale of operations, they still face many of the same challenges and limitations of traditional infrastructure.

“As the digital wave advances, organisations must act quickly to create an enterprise data centre strategy that is ultra-agile, scalable and responsive to change. On the user side, organisations must develop a ‘workplace of the future’ strategy that enables individual user workstyles while still meeting business goals.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other CIOs; CISOs; CEOs; IT and business strategists; and senior IT professionals who are responsible for data centre compute, storage, networking and virtualisation.

To register your attendance, please visit The event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.