Programme

  • 0800h
  • Registration opens
  • 0900h
  • Chairman’s opening remarks
  • 0910h
  • Addressing the challenges and opportunities for a world-leading data centre sector
    In this session, we will hear from a public representative contemplating the roadmap for Ireland’s data centre sector, reflecting on the regulatory environment, power, connectivity and broader technological trends.
  • 0920h
  • Leadership Forum: Mapping out the Irish Data Centre landscape
    A panel of industry leaders discuss the key trends and new technologies shaping the data centre landscape.
  • 0950h
  • Keynote Address: Identifying key trends in IT migration: from colo to cloud and back again
    It has been said we are living in the era of cloud, on-prem is dead and colo is dying. And yet, trends continue to defy predictions and the demands of the enterprise customer vary tremendously. In this session, we will catch up on the latest developments in migration strategies across key industries.
  • 1010h
  • An eye on market activity: the age of the mega-hyper-scale, the resilience of colos and new areas for growth
    Ireland’s most iconic motifs; the shamrock, a pint of Guinness, the Giants Causeway and now the hyper-scale data centre. Hyper-scales are an integral element of the Irish market, but how is their sheer scale and market concentration impacting the opportunity for growth and diversity? Are hyper-scalers absorbing labour and resources away from alternative models that are also in demand? How have socio-political developments and wider regional competitors impacted the appetite of hyper-scalers for Irish locations?
  • 1030h
  • Refreshment break
  • 1100h
  • Panel discussion: Capacity, cost and going green: the power situation in Ireland
    In this high-priority session, we delve deep into the challenges facing operators, investors, utilities and governments alike by hearing a range of perspectives from across the relevant sectors.
    Joe Deignan, Regulation and Commercial Manager, ESB Networks
  • 1130h
  • Panel discussion: All roads lead to Europe: Ireland as the gateway in a global subsea network
    Around 99.9% of all modern data is transferred via submarine cables. Activity in this space remains at an all-time high, with large-scale projects linking Ireland to the US and Europe underway. In this session, we will hear from pioneers in the cabling industry with an update on the latest developments in the pipeline.
    Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer, EuNetworks
  • 1200h
  • Accelerating the digitalisation of the Irish Economy
    As Chief Digital Advisor to the Irish government, Stephen Brennan explores the implications of Ireland’s rapidly growing digital economy for the data centre sector. Will a data-driven economy directly translate into greater demand for collocated, cloud or enterprise data centres? Which verticals are seeing the most significant disruption and digital transformations? And will the emergence of new technology hubs and improved rural connectivity make areas outside of Dublin increasingly attractive for data centre deployment?
    Stephen Brennan, Chief Digital Advisor, Irish Government
  • 1220h
  • Lunch
  • 1335h
  • The DataCloud Europe report
    Hear in-depth analysis of the European market from a leading expert, identifying the key trends across the Nordics, Southern and Central Europe.
  • 1355
  • Panel discussion: What makes a good investment in a data centre?
    As a hub for finance, technology and commerce, the investment opportunities for data centres and IT infrastructure within Dublin are immense. In this session, we bring together industry specialists and financiers to discuss the risks, opportunities and challenges when it comes to investing within and beyond Ireland’s shores.
    Gavin O’Loughlin, Project Manager, New Forms of Investment, IDA
  • 1415h
  • A strong and stable future for who? Demystifying data regulation in a pre and post-Brexit Europe
    Friendly regulation and taxation policies have always been a fantastic draw for operators and investors in Ireland’s IT infrastructure space. However, shifting global attitudes toward data protection laws and the perceived importance of localising data mean that the current regulatory environment is vulnerable to change. Moreover, in the aftermath of Brexit, how might the EU seek to reform its own data policies and how might this impact Ireland’s relationship with continental Europe?
  • 1445h
  • Panel discussion: Staying at the top: the right public engagement strategy for speedy deployment
    The global data centre sector is now a seriously competitive one, with countries around the world rising to the challenge of providing extra power, connectivity and freeing up land for new data centre deployments. What’s more, being able to deploy at speed is now absolutely critical to attracting new players. Given these challenges, it’s vital to discuss Ireland can retain its competitive edge and understand how the right strategy, site selection progress and regulatory approach can be fundamental to getting projects off the ground.
  • 1515h
  • Refreshment break
  • 1545h
  • Contemplating the state of edge: decentralising the network and scaling up the data centre
    Edge will be essential to the rise of transformative tech, such as autonomous vehicles. In this session, we will discuss what the deployment of edge will look like at both the centre and periphery of the network.
  • 1605h
  • Panel discussion Disruption within the data centre: new approaches to sustainable, efficient design
    In this session, we will explore how innovative new approaches are enabling mission critical infrastructures to become smarter, greener and more efficient. From rumours of the floating data centre to the underwater project from Microsoft, how are operators leveraging natural environments and unconventional designs to create a new breed of data centres fit for a greener future?
  • 1635h
  • Shedding light on Artificial Intelligence: what will the next generation of data centres look like?
    Rod Evans, Director EMEA, High Performance Computing & AI, Nvidia
  • 1715h
  • End of conference and closing remarks
  • 1720h
  • Drinks reception