December's data centre drive

December sees two top-flight data centre events coming to the region, in the form of the Data Centre Dynamics (DCD) event, and Online Distribution’s Data Centre Roadshow series.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  December 7, 2006

December sees two top-flight data centre events coming to the region, in the form of the Data Centre Dynamics (DCD) event, and Online Distribution’s Data Centre Roadshow series. Both events are set to be well-supported, with a number of large vendors demonstrating key products, as well as high-level end users in attendance. “As the Gulf region continues to move to conduct business, it must make sure that its datacentres and e-infrastructures can support the most demanding of requirements, look beyond oil and whole cities being created – it’s a mission-critical hub. “And Dubai is one of the region’s most important IT/communications infrastructure locations,” commented the organisers of DCD, which runs on 13 December at Dubai’s JW Marriott hotel. One of the key participants at DCD will be Panduit, the high-end cabling specialist which work as one of Cisco’s main technology partners. Pete Gough, regional manager for Panduit, will be presenting at the event on the future of the data centre. “We will be looking at the key drivers behind design criteria, including high-density servers, storage and clustering, with the emphasis on high-speed communications,” said Gough. “These drivers bring their own design issues to the data centre that must be addressed, in order to achieve a solution that not only meets, but also exceeds the user’s expectations.” Gough’s emphasis will be on making sure critical design decisions are made prior to the construction of the data centre, to allow it to operate at its optimal level. According to Milad Gabriel, Middle East market manager for AMP Netconnect – another top-ranking exhibitor at DCD which will be demonstrating its advanced range of data centre cabling solutions – the regional market is very receptive to these sorts of arguments, and has a high level of understanding about the principles of data centres. “Currently there is good awareness of the data centre in the region – it is not seen as an equipment room, but as a facility with its own specialised requirements,” said Gabriel. “Events such as DCD are good for us; naturally the participants are professionals, and have a lot of interest in specific solutions for data centres.” Not to be overshadowed by DCD, Online Distribution’s regional Data Centre Roadshow will be kicking off in Abu Dhabi on 5 December, before moving on to Dubai, Riyadh, Dammam, Bahrain, Kuwait and Muscat, bringing with it the distributor’s many networking vendors. “According to recent reports from IDC, data centres will need to be fundamentally re-engineered to meet the challenges ahead, as companies grow their business,” said Venu Menon, divisional manager at Online. “Automated management tools have become essential to keep down IT admin costs low, and data centres need to keep up with growing business requirements. “However, these large clusters of power-hungry machines, along with rising energy prices, are generating huge energy bills, forcing data centre owners to seek more energy-efficient solutions going forward.” Online will be holding a series of data centre seminars at each event, focusing on aspect such as power consumption and data centre design to relate to new business models.

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