The pioneering Infrastructure Masons take centre stage at Datacloud Europe 2017

Monaco and London - 18 April 2017

Datacloud Europe, the premier networking and deal-making event for EMEA data centre and cloud leaders will host the pioneering Infrastructure Masons at this year’s edition in Monaco June 6-8th 2017.

Founded by Dean Nelson, head of compute, Uber, Infrastructure Masons is an independent industry group of executive and technology professionals entrusted with building and operating the physical and logical structures of the Digital Age.  The group’s mission is to advance the industry and develop the members’ fellow masons with a vision to empower the use of data centre infrastructure to improve “the economy, the environment, and society as a whole”.

The Infrastructure Masons will be represented by Christian Belady, general manager data centre services Microsoft, Joe Kava, VP of data centres Google and Dean Nelson; who will debate in a panel on: 'What is wrong with the data centre industry? in the central theatre on the 7th June.

Philip Low, chairmen BroadGroup said: “Over the years Datacloud Europe has secured some of the most influential speakers working in the technology space; forging a reputation as one of the most revered conferences in the data centre and cloud industry.  The iMasons or Infrastructure Masons, a group dedicated to defining the digital world, will be this year’s lead-address in Monaco further cementing our position for leading and shaping the European landscape.”

“This is our first European Infrastructure Masons event.  Many thanks to Datacloud Europe for hosting us,” said Dean Nelson, founder of Infrastructure Masons and head of compute at Uber.  “Over the last six months we’ve held many US sessions focusing on the challenges our members are facing.  We know there are many similarities but also distinct differences between how digital infrastructure is deployed in Europe.  This local working sessions will give us those insights.”

“Infrastructure Masons provides a unique opportunity to connect with fellow builders,” said Joe Kava, VP global data centres at Google and end user advisory council member at Infrastructure Masons.  “The iMasons’ meetings in Monaco will be loaded with people who are truly peers in the industry, attending as individuals and leaving their company credentials at the door.  It’s a unique networking environment, very productive and intellectually stimulating.”

There are total of 1,163 Infrastructure Masons members globally with the top 100 responsible for over $100Bn of infrastructure projects.  Today members operate in 139 countries.

“Infrastructure Masons Local Sessions create a forum where members connect,” said Christian Belady, gm of data centre services at Microsoft and end user advisory council member at Infrastructure Masons. “When you gather professionals with diverse backgrounds together you spark discussion and debate. This advances thinking. In Monaco we are looking forward to a lively session with a focus on European challenges.”

Datacloud Europe 2017 promises to be the most extensive so far with 180 expert speakers addressing new agenda setting enterprise hot topics including blockchain, open source, data centre automation, software defined everything, data analytics - and emergence of “fast data”, Internet of Everything, artificial intelligence and VR, webscale impact, modular, use of edge computing within the IoE environment, and finance and investment.

The widely regarded and industry leading 10th Datacloud Awards with a gala awards ceremony and dinner hosted by a special celebrity guest will take place on the evening of 6th June.  The Awards will recognise excellence and innovation across the industry.

Datacloud Europe 2017 will also play host to the 2nd Invest in Data Centre Africa which will be collocated in Monaco.  Last year’s inaugural event garnered huge interest from major players and investors alike.

Datacloud has established itself as Europe’s only must-attend data centre and cloud business forum and expects more then 1800+ attendees at the 13th annual event.  More than 100 international businesses will showcase on the exhibition floor and attendees can participate in interactive sessions, cutting edge discussion, live demonstrations and unparalleled networking.

BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services company. Established in 2002, the company has achieved recognition and growth through delivering quality research and insight in a number of niche and emerging areas of the telecommunications and technology sector. Its Data Center and Cloud practice is the market leader in providing commercial due diligence, research and analysis for the sector. The company’s events portfolio includes Datacloud, Datacloud Awards, Finance and Investment Forum and Dark Fibre Convention brands which deliver high quality international networking and business opportunity events

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