The Datacentre Technologies Academy London – raising the bar

The 2012 edition of the SNIA Europe Datacentre Technologies Academy ( scheduled for 23rd May at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London, promises to raise the bar in terms of the content with new speakers and content focussed on the business issues surrounding IT deployments in 2012 and beyond.

Heading the 2012 speaker roster is ex ESG analyst and BT Head of Global Operations, Steve O’Donnell, who will open the conference looking at the current decisions and key issues facing almost every CIO or head of IT services in any industry today. Steve is a 30-year veteran of running IT Infrastructure working up to CEO level in large global organizations, such as BT, First Data, Cable & Wireless, MEEZA and Lehman Brothers. He is an active investor in the technology industry and has industry-recognized green credentials as the winner of three excellence awards for green data centre efficiency. He is recognized as the thought leader in Storage, Data Centres, Cloud Services and IT Operations.

Also on the agenda will be an open discussion on the sweeping changes proposed in the latest European data protection law that could affect almost every type of business in the UK. The session will be headed by Ann LaFrance, Coordinating Partner of Squire Sanders’ communications law team in EMEA. Ms LaFrance has over two decades of experience advising private and public sector clients on regulatory, policy, competition and commercial law matters involving the TMT sector in Europe, the United States and emerging markets worldwide. As head of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security group, Ms LaFrance counsels clients on compliance with EU e-privacy, data protection, data retention, Internet security, and related e-commerce laws and regulations. She is also leader of the firm’s global Privacy and Data Security Industry Group.

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