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ICT MINISTER TO OPEN DATA CENTRES SOUTHERN EUROPE INAUGURAL FORUM

Athens, 30 August 2011 – It has been announced that Mr Pantelis Tzortzakis, Deputy Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Government, and Chairman of the IT & Communications Committee will address the opening of Data Centres Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean forum which takes place in Athens on 19th September (www.datacentreseurope.com).  Mr Tzortzakis was appointed this year as the Prime Minister’s consul for Information Technology and Communications.

The new regional networking forum will include a special focus on the regional market for data centres, enterprises and their evolving outsourcing needs as emerging private clouds, new technologies and market growth impact across the sector. Studies by BroadGroup, the event researchers and organizers have demonstrated the favourable economic impact of data centres, and the investment opportunity they represent. Mr Christos Alexakis, CEO, Invest in Greece will also be providing an address.

The programme includes a regional leadership panel, a market perspective of Eastern Mediterranean and South Eastern Europe, with current trends in demand in datacentre markets across the region and growth forecasts, datacentre finance and investment, colocation business models, sustainability and efficiency in datacentres, modular datacentres, fibre connectivity and cloud evolution.

“We are delighted to sponsor this first regional forum for the southern Europe and eastern Mediterranean region,” said Mr Apostolos Kakkos, CEO of LAMBA Hellix Datacenters SA, “The forum recognizes the commercial and geographic importance of the region as a growth market for the data centre sector. Investment in infrastructure and in particular further deployment of data centres regionally, in which LAMDA Hellix will take a significant role, will help to drive economic activity and we look forward to discussing these issues at the forum.”

Sponsors and partners of the event include: APC by Schneider Electric, LAMDA Hellix Datacenters SA, MedNautilus – a Telecom Italia Sparkle Group company, OTEGLOBE, CE-Colo, and the EBRD. Media partners include Datacentres.com Daily News, The Datacenter Journal, Bvent, Balkans.com, Boogarlists, allconferences.com.

“Participation by members of government and investment organizations demonstrates that the economic importance of data centres is being increasingly recognized,” commented Philip Low, managing director of BroadGroup. “The forum serves as a key channel for service companies, enterprise IT leadership, fibre connectivity providers to hold a dialogue with investors and financiers seeking opportunities in southern Europe and eastern Mediterranean, a critical region for communications between North Africa, the Gulf States and Europe.

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