4th August 2016
UKDCIG - 4th August 2016
The implications of Brexit are still unclear to the technology sector generally; Learn about the work already underway and initiatives taking shape to ensure the interests of the Data Centre sector are being resolutely represented to UK Gov.
It’s also important to ensure any opportunities presented by Brexit are identified and fully leveraged.
The UKDCIG now has over 400 members representing over 250 Data Centres. The 4th August is the UKDCIGs 5th anniversary; The Penthouse has been booked for the drinks and food with access to the refurbished terrace – let’s hope the weather is good – there’ll be extra champagne to mark the event kindly provided by Tridium Europe.
Brexit - How the DC Sector is Responding
Following the result of the EU referendum, Emma (techUK) has been closely engaged with policy makers in the UK and Brussels.
techUK is committed to making a success of Brexit and is currently in discussions with Treasury, Cabinet Office and BIS on how best to respond to the impacts of the Referendum. Data centres are a prominent part of this discussion. Emma will be discussing Policy Priorities for Data Centres following the Referendum
The views of UKDCIG members are extremely important
UKDCIG is supporting techUK. There are 2 specific areas where the views of UKDCIG members are extremely important at this critical point in dialogue with government. Simon will be discussing the process for documenting (anonymously if preferred)
- Any threat you perceive to your business from restrictions to labour flows, data flows or access to the single market or concerns about investment. The importance of this feedback cant be understated.
- CoLo only – what % of revenues are associated with EU organisations. ( This could help provide leverage in discussion with government.)
As always - we have a great line up of speakers for you.
Update - New Speaker - Penny Jones, the Senior Analyst on European Services from 451 Research will be presenting an overview of Brexit and the multi-tenant datacenter and hosting industry.
I’m very pleased to welcome Simon Brady who is the Data Centre Optimisation Program Manager at Emerson Network Power. Simon has some great experiences to share and will be presenting some case studies that I’m certain will be of great interest.
Smiths Power is a name we’re going to be hearing a lot more over the next few years. I’ve met these guys recently and was impressed by the breadth of their capabilities (as well as some truly innovative technologies). Ramki Balasubramanian has recently transferred to Smiths UK from Smiths Singapore (you see - the UK is already attracting talent from outside EU!) is a senior Director and will be presenting a practical and innovative solution to Data Centre Busway.
I know quiet a few of us are looking forward to learning How the reuse of waste heat could shape the future of Data Centres from Professor Ian Bitterlin
We’ve had some excellent presentations over the years from Operational Intelligence. I’m very pleased to welcome Beth Whitehead whose area of expertise is the environmental impact of data centres and in particular life cycle assessment. The title of Beth’s presentation is Life cycle assessment and the environmental impact of data centres.
I’m very pleased to welcome Mark Trevor who is a Senior Director at Cushman Wakefield and will be presenting the recently published Data Centre Risk Index 2016. The index ranks key established and emerging locations by the most appropriate risks affecting data centre operations in today’s current climate. It has been designed primarily to support data centre due diligence and senior decision making when considering global investment and deployment activities.
The Data Centre Expendables are a group of “more experienced” DC colleagues, many of whom are in, or close to, retirement. The Expendables are available for short term tactical missions in order to retain a connection to the sector and friends they've worked with for many years whilst delivering value by leveraging expertise and experience. Barney Ross will be here (probably in disguise) to explain how it all works.
Please note that this is a non-profit peer-to-peer gathering – the cost of which (room, food and drinks) is covered by sponsors.
On behalf of the group, I’d like to thank Smiths Power, EkkoSense and The DC Expendables for sponsoring this event - particularly as there’s no sales pitch involved – just benevolent support of our sector – thanks!