The second edition of the Malaysian Cloud and Datacentre Convention by WMedia saw IT professionals from various industries in Malaysia and the region come together to share knowledge and connect with their fellow peers at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya.
In her keynote address, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, MDEC Chief Operating Officer stressed the importance for businesses to be able to adapt to the digital economy or risk being left out. The digital economy contributed 18.3% to the Malaysian GDP as of the end of 2017 and aims to reach 20% by 2020. In order to achieve this, she said that continued growth and investment by businesses in their digital transformation are needed.
“According to the department of statistics, Malaysia recorded a growth of 5.7% in data centre revenue from 2017 to 2018 as well as a 43% growth in cloud adoption during the same period. The Malaysian government continues to welcome these developments in the hope of making Malaysia the digital centre hub of the Southeast Asia region.”
The one-day event saw speakers from various industries share their experiences and ideas in dealing with digital transformation. Among the topics presented included the importance of enabling digital transformation through the right infrastructure by Bridge Data Centres, innovations with a multi-cloud strategy by Dell EMC as well as improving data centre performance by Schneider Electric.
The highlight of the convention was the presentation by Tom C. Varghese, Manager, Access and Connectivity Policy, Facebook. Tom said that Facebook, which is currently connected to about 4 billion internet users worldwide, aims to connect the remaining 4 billion people around the world who have no access to the Internet. He said that Facebook intends to provide access, make the Internet affordable and create more awareness on the importance of the Internet and being connected.
Facebook’s Terragraph, which is currently on trial in Georgetown, Penang, is one of the solutions that the company is offering in the hopes of making connectivity a more seamless process. Tom said that by making connectivity easier and more affordable, more people would be able to be connected.
Engaging forums also highlighted the convention with some interesting views from IT professionals from various industries. Discussing how a country’s technology infrastructure can transform its economy, panellist Chin Woon Lee from Epsilon said that the key point in any technology was connectivity. He added that 5G will play a big role when it comes to connectivity as next-gen technology brings and demands for more speed.
Echoing him was MDEC’s Wan Murdani Muhammad. He said that bringing a cloud ecosystem that is able to look at a connectivity infrastructure is important. He added that MDEC promotes the adoption of cloud to companies so that they can adapt to the change in infrastructure instead of updating their systems.
Looking at cloud technologies, strategies and deployments, Srinivas Rao, vExpert Pro, pointed out the importance of having visibility on a business’ cloud strategy. While businesses will utilise the cloud for most of their services, he pointed out that it is also important for businesses to have in plan an exit strategy in their cloud journey. He stressed that it was important for businesses to ensure that their cloud providers allow easy migration to other providers as well.