Our workshop on 27 January was a success thanks to contributions from John Souter of LINX, Mike Kelly of Datacentred, Andy Hirst from Sudlows, Iain Bennett of Fifthsector, Malcolm Corbett of INCA, and Peter Eyres of Netfuse.
Presentations are available to download:
John Souter, Chief Executive of LINX, the world’s second largest Internet exchange, on decentralising the UK Internet and how the Digital Exchange model can help. Download here.
Mike Kelly, Chief Executive of Datacentred and founder of Telecity, on making hosting infrastructure work for small and growing digital businesses. Download here.
Shaun Fensom, CBN, on the digital exchange model. Download here.
Speaker biographies here.
Local Digital Exchanges
Internet infrastructure hubs supporting innovation and collaboration
Half-day Workshop London 2pm 27 January 2016
The Digital Exchange concept plugs an important gap in digital sector and infrastructure development. A shared, neutral facility supports ISPs and digital businesses developing new products and services to deliver the 21st century Internet.
Now that concept has been made real with the Brighton Digital Exchange. It’s a neutral Point of Presence and advanced hosting facility. With its unique shared ownership model, the exchange is giving SMEs access to superior infrastructure, while stimulating innovation and collaboration and supporting the investment business case for service providers, carriers and digital businesses.
This innovative model is ready for replication and adaption in other locations with opportunities for local economic development agencies and investors.
At this event you will hear about the Brighton experience and how local digital exchanges can accelerate infrastructure transformation.
John Souter, Chief Executive of LINX, the world’s second largest Internet exchange, on decentralising the UK Internet and how the Digital Exchange model can help.
Mike Kelly, Chief Executive of Datacentred and founder of Telecity, on making hosting infrastructure work for small and growing digital businesses.
Shaun Fensom, CBN, on the digital exchange model
Peter Eyres, Netfuse – how the Brighton DX is encouraging collaboration and innovation
Andy Hirst, Sudlows data centre builders – building a small, lights-off shared facility
Malcolm Corbett, INCA – the opportunity for network providers and ISPs
Iain Bennett, The Fifth Sector – funding and state aid considerations
Sudlows is a multi-award winning datacentre design, build and audit specialist; dedicated to creating and developing unique datacentre environments for the global market.
Our unique technical approach takes more than just innovation; it takes genuine passion and determination to challenge existing engineering practices within our industry.
In partnership with:
We have a great line up of speakers and panellists for our event Digital Exchanges: plugging the gap in infrastructure transformation on 27 January in London.
John Souter joined LINX as CEO in March 2001. He has also been a Board member and Treasurer of Euro-IX since inception in 2001.
John had a 20 year career with the British Standards Institution, culminating in his directorship of BSI Quality Assurance. In 1996 he became vice president for systems and operations with Mobile Systems International Plc.
In 1998 he became managing director of AAH Meditel Ltd, and in 2000 was appointed as UK managing director of Varetis Communications, which provided Internet, WAP-based and directory computer systems to telephone companies.
He is co-author of a technical book on Portable Modula-2 Programming.
CEO Datacentred Ltd
Dr Mike Kelly founded and developed £1.3billion business TeleCity plc. Most recently he established DataCentred Ltd, which is pioneering a new model of data centre, combining co-location services with next generation computer and storage solutions.
In the late 1990s Dr Kelly identified the opportunity to establish a pan-European colocation company and in 1998 founded TeleCity. With Dr Kelly as Chief Executive, Telecity achieved annual turnover of £32.5 million within three years of its founding and he designed and rolled out across Europe the first large data centres in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Munich.
Since 2011, Dr Kelly has focused on DataCentred, pioneering regional colocation services combined with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) next generation computer and storage solutions.
Dr Kelly has an MBA from the University of Manchester as well as a PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of Liverpool and a BSc from Imperial College. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the British Computer Society.
Andy Hirst IEng, MIET , ATD
Andy Hirst, is the Technical Director at the award winning critical infrastructure specialist Sudlows, Andy is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and member of the MIET. Alongside his role as Board Director at Sudlows, Andy is currently Chairman for the ICCT (Information Communication & Controls Technology) Group of the ECA (Electrical Contractors Association). He is also a fully Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) awarded by the Uptime Institute. Andy Hirst is a passionate ambassador for new datacentre technology and has committed his career to championing technical innovation and development along with promoting the European code of conduct – driving energy efficiency and green data centres.
Malcolm Corbett is the founder and CEO of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (www.inca.coop) linking public, private and community organisations promoting the development of next generation fibre and wireless digital infrastructure in the UK.
Prior to setting up INCA, Malcolm ran the Community Broadband Network which he founded in 2004 to support local broadband initiatives through mentoring, advice and consultancy.
Malcolm has a background in the Internet industry. He was a director of one of the first UK ISPs, Poptel, and he co-invented the .coop global Internet domain. He has also been active in social enterprise and co-operative movements in the UK and internationally.
Malcolm has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey.
Iain is a digital economy and cities consultant with 25 years’ senior management experience in private and public sectors. His work emphasises the leading role of creative industries and the digital economy in the renewal and growth of places, spaces and economies. He was Sector Leader for Digital & Creative Industries at Northwest Regional Development Agency (2006-11). From 2012-14 he was project manager for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s £150m Superconnected Cities programme.
Peter is a co-founder of Netfuse telecom, a Brighton-based network working at the interface between telecoms networks and business software. Prior to Netfuse, he worked as a strategic consultant to organisations ranging from Asda, Kellogg’s and General Electric to the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Bank. He is currently completing an MSc in Innovation Studies at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.
Lorne Mitchell will chair
Lorne Mitchell is Founder and Managing Director of Objective Designers. He is a seasoned consultant, commentator, interviewer and presenter at industry conferences in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors, having previously held senior positions in BT, MCI, AT&T, PwC and IBM. Lorne’s real passion shines through when he is moderating or leading discussions on the latest trends, disruptive services and innovative technologies that will force the industry to change over the next few years. With Shaun Fensom, Lorne has designed and developed the early stages of the Digital Exchange concept in Brighton and is looking forward to implementing the model in new cities over the next few years.
Shaun Fensom will present the concept
Working with consultants CBN, Shaun Fensom advises on digital infrastructure deployment as a tool for economic and social development, covering technical feasibility, business case, business planning and governance issues.
Together with Lorne Mitchell, Shaun developed the ‘Digital Exchange’ concept and helped design and deliver the Brighton Digital Exchange.
Shaun is secretary of the Manchester Digital trade association, which he helped found in 2001. In the early 1980s Shaun co-founded Poptel, one of the UK’s first ISPs and a pioneer in the use of on-line technology by campaigning and development organisations.
In July 2015 the Brighton Digital Exchange (BDX) was launched. Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council cut the ribbon on the first-ever digital exchange: a carrier-neutral colocation and meet-me point, co-operatively owned by the ISPs and digital businesses that use it, and deliberately located near potential end-users in the creative, digital and tech (CDT) sector.
Working with our partners Objective Designers and Wired Sussex, CBN conceived of and promoted the digital exchange concept to Brighton & Hove city council and BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK), who funded the project as part of the Super Connected Cities programme.
Focal points for data exchange, innovation and growth
Networks of any sort – human, trading, digital – need focal points: places where they come together and information, commerce, traffic can be exchanged. A Digital Exchange is a new focal point that can support the development of digital trading. It is an agreed place where digital businesses can install server and switching equipment with easy cross connections between their networks. Because it is agreed – and neutral – the exchange offers a straightforward way for businesses that want to:
- Develop new applications that rely on data exchange;
- Share the cost of a connection to an Internet peering point;
- Attract carriers to bring in new long-haul connections.
The value of a Digital Exchange to a neighbourhood is multiplied by providing space for businesses to locate their offices – especially small digital, creative, IT and start-up businesses.
This presentation was given at the Public Service Transformation and Demand Stimulation workshop in London 25 June 2013 by Mike Ryan, Digital Futurist.
Here is the first introductory presentation from the Public Service Transformation and Demand Stimulation Workshop given in London on 25 June 2013.
Shaun Fensom of CBN and Steve Walker of the Open University introduce “Imagine IBZL”
This is the “Challenges” presentation given at the “Public Service Transformation and Demand Stimulation: Leveraging public investment in broadband” workshop.
Leveraging public investment in broadband
A workshop and seminar from CBN Ltd and The Open University, in association with the Centre for Creative Collaboration, University of London
EVENT RESCHEDULED to:
Tuesday 25 June 2013
12.30 Registration and lunch, finish 17.30 followed by drinks and networking
The Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street London WC1X 9NG