London, 29 October 2008 – Consulting firm BroadGroup has announced the 2nd international finance and investment in data centres forum - Finance and Investment Forum- which this year takes place at the Lewis Media Centre in central London on 5th December 2008
This one-day forum, will bring together bankers, financiers, legal counsel, data centre operators, investors, analysts and companies engaged in the fast growth data centre market, in a programme that will address investment opportunities for the sector and the impact of the credit crunch.
Data Centres are more in demand than ever. In contrast to the prevailing economic turmoil, global financial markets fall under the purview of increased regulation, power costs rise, and the expense of “greening” and overhead reduction collectively continue to drive outsourcing to third party vendors. Allied to these requirements, enterprises require high levels of managed services, robust security and quality.
Over the course of a one-day special seminar, a panel of expert speakers will consider the current scale of investment occurring in the sector, who is investing, what business models are being used and address the investment outlook in the near and medium term? It will also examine the entry too of government investment authorities who pitch for new build data centres which is often accompanied by an array of incentives. Who will be the winners and losers in the data centre endgame?
The programme includes: Investor and property perspective: REIT, VCs, property fund, general investment funds, market drivers and demand globally, data centre business models, a Startup Showcase with operators and vendors pitching their case, enterprises and their outsourcing requirements, the impact of Cloud, location issues including power, connectivity, security, risks and urban versus rural latency. Legal Issues for Data Centres will be covered including lease terms, lease terms, legal factors and the availability of corporate finance support for new data centre build, content distribution and storage, obsolescence and technical environmental risks, business risk and the outlook for data centres in 2009 and public market valuations for data centres.
“Projecting the revenue and return for Data Centres is now hugely significant given the increasing internationalisation of the business,” said Steve Wallage, managing director at BroadGroup Consulting. “It is a testimony to the high values being seen in the sector, and its strategic importance that both financiers, entrepreneurs, investors, operators and law firms are sharing what is a compelling platform.”
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