Data Center Dynamics Middle East 2015 – Panel Discussion / Shah Sheikh

Data Center Dynamics - Cloud Security UAE

This year saw the 10th anniversary of Data Center Dynamics (DCD) Converged in the Gulf, the region's most important gathering of data center end-users, operators, service providers, and advisors.

Recent months have seen considerable investment across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region in mission critical IT and communications infrastructure. A substantial portion of regional growth has been driven by new on-premise data center deployments and expansion initiatives, as well as growth in the services sector. DCD multi-track conference programme provided the perfect platform to learn from colleagues and recognised industry experts, and the Expo showcased the latest technologies to help organizations manage capacity, increase efficiency, and improve system availability across their data center infrastructure.

Shah Sheikh, Co-Founder and Sr. Security Consultant at DTS Solution and founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance UAE Chapter was a guest speaker as part of a panel discussion on the topic of Cloud Security. The panel discussion was chaired by Safdar Zaman, Head of IT, Strategy & Governance, Nakheel PJSC along with panelists Simon Bradford, Cloud Technologies Director, Microsoft and Nasser Ahmed, Lead Technical Solutions Specialists (Cloud), Google and Shah Sheikh, Co-founding Member, Cloud Security Alliance UAE.


Panel Discussion: The value of the Middle East cloud market – tapping into regional cloud growth whilst aligning to cloud security standards. Public cloud is expected to gain ground in the region as global cloud providers increase their footprint in the Middle East. Vendors are increasingly offering software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions through local data centers, which could unlock economic growth. The panel experts discussed:
  • Latency and cyber security challenges for public cloud solutions
  • Environmental and data regulatory market-entry consideration
  • Data sovereignty laws, data security and data storage challenges