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SDC Channel Summit promises valuable MSP insights

Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus

Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.

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The Cloud continues to dominate

Dob Todorov, CEO and Co-founder of HeleCloud, talks though the company’s recent acquisition by SoftwareONE - optimistic that both organisations and their respective customer bases will see some major benefits as the Cloud continues to grow in importance as the post-pandemic business world seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of hybrid digital transformation.

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Edge takes centre stage for Proximity

John Hall, Managing Director Colocation, Proximity Data Centres, explains the company’s strategy as it builds out a network of 20 or so regional, or edge, UK colocation data centres. With the halfway point already in sight, he is confident that the company’s business model is an attractive proposition for a variety of customers. John also shares some fascinating insights as to how he sees the data centre industry developing over time, as it tries to reconcile increasing demand with its sustainability responsibilities.

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Sustainable digital infrastructure in the spotlight

Thor Johnsen, Head of Digital Infrastructure at investment company Triple Point Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) and Dominic Ward, CEO of Icelandic data centre operator Verne Global, discuss the investment company’s recent acquisition of the Icelandic data centre operator, with sustainability very much front and centre. Both provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainable investment, operating truly sustainable data centres and of responding to the wider focus on environmental issues ahead of the COP26 Summit.

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The importance of building services around skills - Node4

Andy Slater, Director (Azure Practice / N4Stack) at Node4 Ltd, talks about the twin hybrid opportunities for the Channel – hybrid IT and the hybrid workplace, emphasising the importance of providing the expertise and value which customers are not able to find within their own organisations.

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A powerful cloud combination for the Channel - PAX8 & Resello

Harald Nuij, Managing Director of Resello, talks about the company’s recent acquisition by Pax8, a global cloud management platform provider. The combination of Resello’s technology portfolio and Pax8’s MSP-focused platform, alongside their shared vision of accelerating cloud growth, provides a number of benefits for channel organisations of all sizes wishing to expand and improve their own cloud-based customer solutions.

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Be the best at what you do, and understand what you don’t do

Terry Storrar, Managing Director UK at Leaseweb, provides some valuable advice for the Channel as it seeks to address the challenges and opportunities resulting from more and more customers moving to the ‘pay as you use’ model, and for individual companies to distinguish themselves in such a competitive market.

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Talking cyber protection - Acronis and Resello

Ciaran Bolger, Sales Director Strategic Business - Europe - Acronis, talks through the company's Cyber Protect Cloud solution, and how cloud distributors like Resello support MSPs to meet their clients' security requirements.

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Understanding the true cost of the hyperscale cloud

DW talks to Justin Augat, Vice President of Marketing and Marc Beder, VP of Solutions Architecture, both at iland Cloud, about the importance of understanding the true cost of acquiring enterprise-fit cloud services from the hyperscalers. They emphasise that end users need to carry out the necessary due diligence before committing to any cloud offering, regardless of the vendor.

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Making the most of a managed cloud - Hyve Managed Hosting

DW talks cloud with Neville Louzado, Head of Sales at Hyve Managed Hosting, with the focus very much on the differences between unmanaged and managed cloud solutions and the overall benefits of taking a managed approach.

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The importance of endpoint backup - Digitalisation World talks to Altaro

DW talks to Andy Syrewicze, Technical Evangelist for Altaro Software, about the company’s Endpoint Backup for MSPs solution – the features, the benefits and how to access a free trial.

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Office365 backups made easy - Digitalisation World talks to Altaro

Digitalisation World talks to Andy Syrewicze, Technical Evangelist for Altaro Software, about the company’s Office365 Backup for MSPs solution – the features, the benefits and a user example.

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Digitalisation World talks to Leaseweb

DW talks to Terry Storrar, Managing Director of Leaseweb UK. Terry covers his background inside (and out) of the IT industry, and shares his vision for developing the business as customers wrestle with digital challenges.

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Managed hosting in a changing world - DW talks to Hyve Managed Hosting

Digitalisation World talks to Neville Louzado, Head of Sales at Hyve Managed Hosting. Taking the impact of the pandemic as a starting point, the conversation ranges far and wide across cloud, security, 5G and the edge, HPC and AI, and sustainability.

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News

ThreatQ Platform and ThreatQ Investigations will be used by telecom conglomerate Comcast, parent of NBC Universal and SKY Group, to operationalise security intelligence across cybersecurity use cases.
New report from Tessian and the Ponemon Institute reveals that email has become the riskiest channel for data security in today’s organizations.
Even as IT professionals focus more on data security policies, most do not follow data backup best practices, putting organisations at risk.
Energy professionals believe that cyber-attacks on the industry are likely to cause harm to life, property and the environment in the next two years. 84% expect physical damage to assets and 57% anticipate loss of life.

Expert Opinions

The hybrid model: challenges and solutions By Guy Warren, CEO at ITRS Group
People First Approach to Hybrid Working Andrew Jackson, CEO of Intercity Technology, explains why putting people before technology is the key to successful homeworking.
Taking a strategic approach to the complexity of hybrid IT By Reggie Best, VP of Products at NS1.
Using Autonomous, AI-Powered Data Protection to Manage a New Era of Hybrid Working By Ian Wood, Head of Technology UK&I, Veritas Technologies.