IDCA Launches COVID-19 Global Data Center Pandemic Webinar
Saving the world together...
Washington D.C., April 14, 2020: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) today conducted a Global Data Center Webinar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted by IDCA Chairman, Mr. Paryavi, and a wide spectrum of elite panelists from diverse industries and geographical regions of the globe.
IDCA has set its initiative in launching a series of informative webinars to support and guide the industry in times of social and economical uncertainty. All pandemic webinars will be free of cost to attendees from around the world.
The 1st Global Data Center COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar was launched on April 7th, 2020 with 13 panelists and guest speakers and a record-breaking number of participants from around the world. The webinar in the beginning had a rough start, as the number of participants literally brought the servers of the webinar platform provider, BigMaker, on a halt and the quality was severely diminished. Also, due the the drained networks in certain locations and nations, some speakers had challenges to remain on the line for prolonged period of time without loosing their connection or quality of image/voice. However, despite all technical difficulties the webinar resumed and was delivered with utmost participation, enthusiasm and success.
IDCA Chairman at the commencement of the webinar stated, “The world has not been shocked socially, economically and morally to this extent since the World Worlds. Who knows maybe this is the 3rd world war, but instead of fighting against one another, we fight for each other against a common enemy.”
Mr. Paryavi continued to say, “The healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, pharmaceuticals and R&D institutions are at the forefront of this battle in every way, and are working day and night to find the most effective cure to the virus.” IDCA Chairman continued, “In the midst of this crisis and the global struggle, one industry has been put test more than ever: the IT, cloud and data center industry. As a digital economy enabler, housing computing resources that make our livelihood still somewhat possible through remote work, remote education, remote management, and a surge in use of certain online applications and a decline of use in others has been witnessed. It's already proven that whatever is left of any economy or whatever functionality that is being performed today, is made available via IT and at the back-end of it all, data centers.”
The live-streamed event was attended by invited speakers speaking on issues that they have seen most ubiquitously in their community, field of expertise and/or organization. Topics that the panelists intended to cover included but were not limited to: What are some of the challenges you are faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic? How are tackling those challenges? What are some of your successes and failures/lessons learned? What are some of the data privacy and right issues to consider at this juncture? What are some of the cybersecurity challenges? How long can data centers run through the pandemic without father maintenance? What tasks are classified as mission-critical and would require on-site presence of personnel?
Numerous notable speakers joined the webinar to engage in thoughtful discussion with the host and to address some of the ways in which they are tackling the problems arising in their organizations. Among the speakers were NIH Chief Information Security Officer, Jothi Dugar; Hong Kong Federation of E-Commerce Chairman, Joseph Yuen; Her Majesty’s RC Deputy IT Director, Rakhi Shah; IDCA Committee Chair, Mark Thiele; DEA Chief of Data Center Management, John Bowman; Chief Information Office of City of Asheville, Jonathan Feldman; IDCA Data Rights Council, Richie Etwaru; Vodafone Principal Manager of Data Center Infrastructure, Paul Greenley; Dean of University of Campinas (Unicamp), Marcelo Knobel; Clarify360 VP of Cloud & Security, Jo Peterson; ADMOC Vice President, Dr. Alaeddin Al-Badawna; Advisor to the Chief Minister, J A Chowdary; Bloomberg’s EMEA Data Center Manager, Karl Rose; all of whom are all highly regarded and distinguishable leaders in the industry.
The speakers took individual turns by engaging in a dialogue with Paryavi in relaying ways in which they are and have been dealing with ongoing issues that have risen as a result of the pandemic.
“It’s our responsibility during times like this, whether its with our own families or whether its with the people who work for us, or with us, to convey a message of not just hope but also a message of understanding and empathy around how this impact is affecting everyone’s lives how it puts their financial future at risk, how it puts the health of family members at risk,” Thiele said.
“Everyone is changing from day to night to online education trying to reach more students trying not to leave any students behind,” Knobel said. “Many students here don’t even have soap to wash their hands,” he continued of the challenges of education in Latin America and emphasized on how it has raised issues of students not having the technology to have classes. He added that about half of the universities in Brazil have stopped teaching because of this and are waiting on solutions and the other half are teaching online.
“The power of aggregate data is incredible. If we can get aggregate data across different regions and communities, we can really get some very very smart and drastic insights there,” Etwaru said.
“This is all about being the end-user—if you will—and we were very fortunate at the beginning of this event that we had already adopted Cloud technologies early on,” Feldman said. “I think nationwide, has been a wakeup call about broadband being a critical utility.”
“A pandemic like this, or any sort of crisis situation calls upon a people-centric approach,” Dugar said. She continued emphasizing the need to empower “our people” with thinking of them as an organization’s biggest assets.
“From application development and delivery perspective, nothing should stop,” Shah said. “What I’m seeing is the loneliness. People’s mental health is being impacted.”
Peterson chimed in to the discussion from her car saying that “The cloud lives in the data centers.” She emphasized the importance of security, and considering a zero-trust cyber security model for one’s company.
Greenley said that “Our biggest achievements—I think— in all this, was that we’ve been managing to keep the BAU going; no projects have ever been delayed.”
Yuen mentioned how some of the south eastern countries have been dealing with the pandemic and their methods of containing the virus. One example was South Korea’s 100 M app that tells users of a person who has the virus or has symptoms of the virus from a 100-meter distance.
Bowman mentioned that since working on-site was vital for some of the work, in order to reduce the risk of contamination while working, his team works in shifts and come to work on alternating days.
Badawna from the Middle East, said that “[Etesalat] $160 billion planned for this year, in the Middle East, to be invest in the IT; out of which, $25 billion is for the data center upgrades.”
“From Asia, we started to see the issues with COVID-19—you know—pretty early on, and we could see that there was this potential impact coming to the business from an early stage. Now, the data centers that we look after (some) are fun by ourselves and a major of our collocation spaces; so initially what we started to look into was just ensuring that any outstanding work was out of the way and completed—specifically if it was related to an improvement to service within those data centers,” Rose said.
They also raised common concerns of working remotely and distractions that are most common from an at-home working environment and how to overcome such hurdles. One speaker even tuned into the live session in her car to avoid any noise intervention from her household while she spoke.
As IDCA believes that people are key to the wellbeing of any organization and their wellness and sanity is of utmost importance in this era, at the end of the webinar, CISO of NIH, Jothi Dugar, walked the audience through three simple wellness exercises to help professionals stay mentally sound, healthy and positive during the pandemic.
IDCA Chairman in his closing remarks stated, “This virus knows no race, gender, age, ethnicity, social or economical status. It does not differentiate among us by the color of our skin, by our social or political standing, nor our belief system. Maybe just maybe it is teaching us something, as well.”
The webinar was streamed live and had a record-breaking 1,645 views.
Upcoming “Data” Center, Cloud, AI, IT & Security Webinars Due to volumes of requests and everyone’s keen feedback on the first global pandemic webinar, to provide insightful industry support, IDCA has lined up a series of in-depth discussions and subject-matter-specific webinars as per the following schedule:
April 21st 2020 Roundtable
Data Rights and Privacy, Watch Now
Companies, governments, and people produce data with their every breath. However, with ever piece of data comes rights, privileges, advantages, and possibly challenges.
April 24th 2020 Roundtable
Data Center Infrastructure vs. Operations & Maintenance, Watch Now
If it were not for data centers, life as we know it would stop with the global economic shutdowns. Data centers are the reason companies, governments and individuals are able to keep key parts of the economy operating. In the midst of the crisis, data center infrastructure and personnel work hand-in-hand to keep our economy and vital organs of our society still performing.
May 5th 2020 Roundtable
Telecoms and Carriers, Watch Now
While the world is experiencing massive economic constraints, telecommunication companies are keeping the world connected and remote access of the workforce still possible. By doing that their businesses are booming, but they are also facing challenges. What are the key challenges of telecommunication companies during the COVID-19 pandemic?
May 8th 2020 Roundtable
COVID-19 Cloud Impacts & Predictions, Watch Now
Everyone talks about cloud. Everyone works in the cloud. Be it public, private or hybrid cloud, cloud is the future. But what are the key ingredients of managing a robust and secure cloud environment? And how has the cloud industry been impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic? What does the future hold for the cloud?
May 12th 2020 Roundtable
COVID-19 Data Center Industry Impacts & Predictions, Watch Now
The data center industry has proven to be a savior for the industry verticals that are surviving the pandemic. Certain providers are pushing their limits of availability and capacity, while others have excess capacity. How will this pandemic change the face of the data center industry during the crisis and post this era?
To register or participate in any of IDCA webinars, free of cost, visit https://www.idc-a.org/webinar or contact us at [email protected]
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