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GCC Data Centre Leadership to meet in Abu Dhabi to consider strategies for regional and international growth


Abu Dhabi & London, 16 May 2009 – The leadership of Data Centre players in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will meet in early June in Abu Dhabi, to discuss their future strategies in the region and beyond. Keynoted by Mr Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Board Member, Mubadala, Chairman Aldar Properties PJSC and CEO Dolphin Energy Ltd, other leaders including the CEOs of many of the leading Data Centres will speak and attend the forum to meet with senior executives -

The build out of facilities in the region, and level of sustained demand demonstrates the resilience of data centres internationally, according to BroadGroup, the consulting firm and organiser of the forum. The annual meeting is located at the Injazat Auditorium in Abu Dhabi, and is designed to provide a platform for leadership debate and will be characterised by defining growth strategies for operators with strong cash positions.

Highlights of the 2-day meeting includes the first ever data centre Middle East CEO Roundtable which brings together Ibrahim Lari, CEO, Injazat Data Systems, Osman Sultan, CEO, du, Tariq Husain, Chairman, Gateway Gulf and Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting Datafort.

In addition expert panels will assess investment and growth strategies, Green Efficiency focus, outsourcing for enterprises, the emergence of cloud computing, data centre transformation through virtualization and automation, new standards for data centres and an architecting and designing workshop.

"The Middle East is a new area of focus for companies engaged in the data centre sector,” commented Philip Low, managing director of BroadGroup. “It is increasingly important because of the sophisticated and well funded operators that reside in the region, the investment being made, and the growing opportunities across the Middle East region.”

Injazat Data Systems is Patron of the event, which is researched and organized by international consulting firm BroadGroup with partner Orient Consulting. Sponsors also include HP, EMC, Trend Micro, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, du, eHosting Datafort, Gateway Gulf, Meeza, Global Insulation, Sentrum, Simmons and Simmons, and The Colocation Exchange. Media Partners include, .commerce, Gulf, VP Communications, Telecommunications Insight, Middle East Business Monitor, IX News Search, IT Insight Middle East, DCS, and Data Centre News.

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