Microsoft hosts region’s first data centre community meetup in Dubai

DUBAI, Microsoft, on Monday, brought together the world’s leading experts on data centre technologies to address GCC Information and Communications Technology, ICT, professionals, in the region’s first Gulf data centre community meetup, in Dubai.

During the meeting, which is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to bridge the regional cloud-skills gap, delegates got the opportunity to network with a community of seasoned specialists, learn about emerging data centre technologies and best practices, and get advice from experts such as Microsoft’s Necip Ozyucel, Senior Cloud and Enterprise Regional Business Group Lead, and James Toulman, Technical Director at Digital Energy.

Ramez Dandan, Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Gulf, also gave a talk on data centre transformation, and attendees gained the opportunity to quiz the experts during a productive Q&A session.

The evening also witnessed other topics, including the pervasive skills gaps in Artificial Intelligence, AI, security and cloud. In recent years, since the emergence of cloud computing as a cost-effective alternative to burdensome, legacy, on-site infrastructure, Microsoft has hosted and sponsored several industry events for IT professionals, data professionals and developers. The company has also been at the front line of promoting the importance of cloud skills and training new cloud professionals.

“Microsoft’s mission is to empower every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more. Digital transformation through the intelligent cloud represents lucrative opportunities for MEA, in terms of entrepreneurship, job creation, economic growth and enhancement of government services. But the ability to empower, engage, optimise and transform starts with community engagement. That is why we held the first Gulf data centre community event here in Dubai to remind such communities that we are here to help,” Ozyucel said.

“Microsoft Gulf currently works very closely with communities such as Data and AI, DevOps and Data Science and now we want to extend that same collaboration to the data centre community and help them to establish best practices and strategies for transformation,” Ozyucel added.

Source: Emirates News Agency