Turkey Cloud Computing Forum 2015

The inaugural Turkey Cloud Computing Forum took place in the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli on June 17th. A sincere gratitude of thanks goes out to our Silver sponsor Mellanox Technologies and our exhibitor Skyatlas. The forum brought together key players, cloud computing providers and stakeholders in the expanding cloud storage market in Turkey. The conference discussed and tackled key issues with the adoption of cloud in Turkey such as the barriers to cloud adoption as well as its business benefits.

Our Chairman for the day, Mr Murat Lostar opened the conference with a few comments on the cloud storage market in Turkey and a brief introduction to the work of Cloud Security Alliance Turkey. This was shortly followed with a ministerial address from Furkan Civelek (Ministry of Development) presentation who spoke on the Information Society Department’s strategy in relation to programs to support cloud computing in Turkey. This enthused various questions from the audience. The next presentation was then delivered by Esat Sonmezer (Turk Telekom) who showcased cloud computing trends and forecasts for 2015 and beyond whilst presenting Turk Telekom’s solution. This was followed by James Thomson  (Cullen International, Belgium) who gave a very insightful presentation on Cloud and EU Regulation. Furthermore, Hakki Can Yildiz (Esin Attorney Partnership) then provided a legal perspective, discussing the lack of data protection law in Turkey and its impact. To end the sequence of presentations, Temel Oktem (IFC) gave a brief talk on IFC’s investment into datacentres before introducing Aslihan Gurescier (Zenium Technology) to speak in more depth about their investment into Zenium technology. Participants then had the opportunity to digest the morning session over the first networking coffee break. After this, the session was then closed with a very interactive and insightful roundtable discussion on data protection and security in the cloud hosted by the chairman Murat Lostar , joined by Bostjan Makarovic (Aphaia), Nilgun Basalp (Istanbul Bilgi University) and James Thomson (Cullen International).

Erez Cohen (Mellanox Technologies) then gave an engaging and  passionate presentation on their solutions for building a solid cloud architecture for agile business value creation. This was followed by a roundtable discussion on ‘Customer’s perspectives’ on doing business  in the cloud hosted by Orcun Ozalp (Bulutistan) and featured Tunc Noyan (Erdermir Group), Metin Demirel (Aksigorta) and Muhsin Bayramoglu (Celebi Aviation Holding. Delegates then had the chance to have a networking business lunch.

The second half of the session then commenced to compliment our customer perspectives panel with an equally stimulating roundtable on Cloud Providers Perspectives hosted by Begim Basligil (Bulutistan) and featuring Sarper Turkay (Turkcell), Goker Ozturk (Intel) and Erez Cohen (Mellanox Technologies).

The day ended with an interactive panel on increasing returns via the cloud. Halil Ozan Ozkok (Alfacom) did an excellent job in moderating the discussion on the complex topic of how to monetise on the cloud with Jason Kleeh (Alcatel Lucent), Murat Kucukozdemir (Turkcell), Temel Oktem (IFC) and Cenk Bayrakdar (Revo Capital).

Our chairman then closed the conference with his final remarks.

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