AFCOM’s 3rd Annual Australian Symposium Features Wide Range of Trends, Technology Presentations by IT and Data Centre Experts

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Glenn Ashe, Former Australian Government CIO to Keynote AFCOM Symposium

AFCOM, the world's leading data centre association, announced today the line-up of speakers for the 3rd annual symposium held at Rydges South Bank in Brisbane, Australia, September 9-11, 2013. Glenn Ashe, former Australian government CIO for Attorney-General’s Office, will present the keynote speech on “Future Demands and Expectations for Data Centre Capability in the Asia Pacific Region”.

“The AFCOM Australian Symposium is one of the most important events on the ICT calendar,” said Glenn Ashe. “It brings together data centre professionals to discuss, share and gain exposure to trends and over-the-horizon elements of data management. I look forward to addressing the conference and working with colleagues from around the globe.”

Mr. Ashe will highlight the emerging importance of data centres in the Asia Pacific region, the demands created by data centre consolidation initiatives from all levels of Government, and the increasing service demands and expectations from the growing digital economy. Mr. Ashe is an ICT and security professional with extensive experience in the military, private sector and in the Australian federal government.

“By bringing the third annual AFCOM Symposium to Brisbane, AFCOM is pleased to serve the Australian data centre community,” said Tom Roberts, president of AFCOM. “AFCOM provides vendor-neutral and relevant education to help keep pace with the rapid changes within the data centre.”

Other speakers for the 3-day symposium include:
· Tom Townsend, Data Centre & Networks Manager, University of Canberra – Session: How Many Tiers Do You Need?
· Glenn Allan, Service Performance Manager Data Centre, National Australia Bank – Session: Colocate or NOT “The Multi-Million Dollar Question”
· Mathew Smorhun, Assistant Secretary Strategic Reform, Department of Defence – Session: Large Scale ICT Procurement in Government: Driving Business Outcomes from Large Technology Contracts
· Nigel Phair, Director of Internet Security at Canberra University - Session: Cyber Security for Organisation Survival

The AFCOM Symposium: Brisbane, will gather Australia’s leading data centre professionals for three intense days of learning, networking, and discussion aimed at helping to provide specific guidance on building data centre strategies and achieving optimum effectiveness in daily operations. With a specific focus on data centre trends, technology and talent, attendees of the Symposium will be both student and teacher, as they collectively work to advance as data centre professionals.

Join us in Brisbane, Australia from September 9 – September 11 for the third annual AFCOM: Symposium. For more information or to register to attend, go to

AFCOM ( is the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center and facilities management professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 members and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conference, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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