In the second session of the issues and trends track at HostingCon 2014, Philbert Shih, managing director of Structure Research, talked about whether the hosting industry as we know it is coming to an end.

 

West Chester, OH – April 1, 2014 – HostingCon, the premier industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers, today announced a CEO panel that will highlight the educational sessions at the upcoming conference in Miami, Florida. The CEO panel will feature five industry CEOs on stage at one time discussing the state of the industry and its future. Participants include Art Zeile, CEO of HOSTING, Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, Emil Sayegh, President and CEO of Codero Hosting, Kenneth Ziegler, CEO of Logicworks, Matthew Porter, CEO of Contegix and Philbert Shih, Managing Director at Structure Research.

“It is a pleasure and privilege to have an opportunity to lead a discussion amongst some of the sector’s leading CEOs,” stated Philbert Shih, managing director Structure Research. “I look forward to gaining insight and perspective on where the sector is and where it’s going from those who are in the trenches fighting the battle on a daily basis.”

HostingCon also revealed that the keynote address at this year’s event will be Chip Bell. Chip Bell is founder and senior partner with The Chip Bell Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations create a culture that supports long-term customer loyalty and service innovation. Mr. Bell’s presentation, “Innovative Service: Strategies for Creating Growth and Bottom Line Impact, will provide attendees with inspirational ideas to help make service an exceptional experience for their customers. Bell will draw on more than 20 years working with top decision makers from the world’s leading brands, helping them create ingenious “value-unique” strategies instead of pricey value-added schemes.

The first evening of the conference, HostingCon is throwing a 10th Anniversary Party at the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel. “Networking opportunities, including our Anniversary Party, at this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever,” says Kevin Gold, Conference Chair of HostingCon. “It’s the biggest party we’ve ever thrown and also the perfect time for those informal discussions that often lead to business partnerships.”

Another way to form new business relationships is with a tool called HostingCon Connect. The HostingCon Connect system enables attendees to get in touch with other attendees via email prior to the conference and schedule places and times to meet during the event. It’s an easy way to make networking connections and get more business done while at the event.

Over 1,900 hosting and cloud providers decision makers from more than 34 countries are expected to attend HostingCon 2014 from June 16-18 in the high-energy destination of Miami Beach Florida.

About HostingCon
HostingCon is the premiere industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers. In its tenth year, HostingCon connects the industry including hosting and cloud providers, MSPs, ISVs and other Internet infrastructure providers who make the Internet work to network, learn and grow. HostingCon is an iNET Interactive event. For details about HostingCon, visit www.HostingCon.com.

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In the panel discussion moderated by Philbert Shih, managing director, Structure Research, talked to the founders of PHP and Joomla!, respectively, about the history of the open source software, and how hosting providers fit in their ecosystems. Read More

 

In an industry that is always changing, you can’t ever afford to sit still. But this past year has seen some emerging trends and issues in the hosting and cloud industry that are positively game-changing. The Issues & Trends track at HostingCon will feature sessions that address some of the biggest challenges facing those involved in the industry. Two sessions planned for Day One of the conference are good examples of the kind of content attendees can expect this year.

First up at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 16th is a presentation by Philbert Shih called “Is It All Coming To An End?” Mr. Shih is the Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, an independent research and consulting firm devoted to the hosting and cloud infrastructure services market. Mr. Shih has covered the hosting infrastructure space for over a decade for a variety of publications and has an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in political-economic development.

His talk will focus on how some of the newest players in the hosting and cloud sector may wind up dominating the sector, signalling an end to the industry as we know it. The biggest threat comes from Amazon, of course, but Google and Microsoft have also entered the marketplace as hosting/cloud providers. How their presence is liable to effect change will be discussed against the backdrop of a sector overview, including analysis of industry trend and a presentation of market share data.

Immediately following is “Standardizing Performance in the Public Cloud Arena” at 11:00 a.m., presented by Kenny Li. Mr. Li is the co-founder of Cloud Spectator, a Boston-based IaaS analyst group focused on pricing and performance metrics in the cloud infrastructure industry. The company provides pricing analyses and server performance metrics on various IaaS vendors to guide IT decisions through hard data.

His presentation will focus on existing problems in cloud performance today, especially since the availability of public clouds has resulted in powerful, scalable applications entering the market at an unprecedented pace, placing enormous demands on infrastructure. The development of powerful and stable cloud environments is key in such an environment, and the session will discuss how strategic benchmarking can be applied to solve the issues raised in selecting the right cloud providers.

Watch this blog for updates on additional sessions in the Issues & Trends track as they are added to the program, as well as details of talks scheduled in the other three tracks. Meanwhile, don’t forget to take advantage of the Early Bird rates to save $100 before May 1st!

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West Chester, OH – March 11, 2014 — HostingCon, the premier industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers, today announced the theme for HostingCon 2014 in Miami, Florida — “Turn Up the Heat” by accelerating ideas and insights into innovation, strategic vision, and new revenue opportunities.

“The hosting and cloud industry continues to grow and mature and the sector has never been healthier,” said Philbert Shih, managing director of Structure Research and program director for HostingCon. “But at the same time, the industry is undergoing some significant change. Hosters have never before faced such intense competition and the likes of Google, Microsoft and especially Amazon, are increasingly making their presence felt in the competitive landscape. This has forced the entire industry to look for new ways to become more efficient, innovate, and drive new revenues. Complacency will leave laggards behind, and those who turn up the heat will continue to have impact.”

HostingCon is the only North-American event specifically created for hosting and cloud providers with an unbiased platform for presenting the best networking, thought leadership, non-sponsored education, and value-added revenue solutions. For 2014, the conference has organized its educational program to help hosts and cloud providers identify emerging trends and create new business opportunities to drive breakthrough growth. The conference program is broken into four tracks covering Marketing & Sales, Technology, Management, and Industry Trends — all focused on sketching a compelling business vision and a robust roadmap for the future.

Over 1,900 hosting and cloud provider decision makers from more than 34 countries are expected to attend HostingCon 2014 from June 16-18 in the high-energy destination of Miami Beach, Florida.

“HostingCon is a highly interactive learning and networking environment designed to identify new partnerships and build stronger relationships,” stated Kevin Gold, Conference Chair of HostingCon. “For HostingCon 2014, the team has put tremendous effort into integrating new ways to help attendees connect with peers and solution providers, in addition to a greater emphasis within the conference program on emerging trends and technology.”

HostingCon 2014 showcases an exhibit floor with more than 150 brands that provide solutions for hosting and cloud providers, including CloudFlare, Data Foundry, Interxion, Jelastic, HP, OnApp, Parallels, SolidFire, Arbor Networks, SoftLayer, MarketGoo, Symantec, TeleCity, McAfee, and Loaded Commerce. With an environment rich with thought leaders and deep with major industry brands, business executives and entrepreneurs attending HostingCon 2014 will have the opportunity to think broadly about the future, to identify with new business partners, connect with existing clients, and learn strategic insights to turn up the heat on their competitors.

About HostingCon
HostingCon is the premier industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers. Now in its tenth year, HostingCon connects the industry — including hosting and cloud providers, MSPs, ISVs and other Internet infrastructure providers who make the Internet work — to network, learn, and grow. HostingCon is an iNET Interactive event. For details about HostingCon, visit www.HostingCon.com.

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If you’d like more information about this event, please call Andy Grider at 513-322-5600 or e-mail Andy at Andy.Grider@iNETinteractive.com.

For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon – Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

 

There is no reason to go it alone in hosting, but many people do. Most web hosting providers start small, flying solo to find a position in the industry and secure initial customers.

As your business grows, this isolated approach can limit your success. Most hosts eventually realize the best results come from taking steps to become a more active part of the community.

HostingCon 2013 brings people from the hosting industry together, giving you an opportunity to understand how you fit into the wider industry and play a role in how the industry is evolving.

In two sessions, “Market Update 2013: Where We Are and Where We Are Going” and “The Internet in 2020: The Fight for Our Future,” you can learn about the issues and trends of the industry today, and which issues will become more important moving forward.

The most connected industry in the world

Sometimes, it’s easy for a small hosting company to feel isolated. Without a long list of contacts or new networking opportunities, you may feel like your business is the outsider, not an integrated part of the community.

But whether you intend to be or not, you are always connected to other organizations.

Consider a few of the products and service components your customers could need:

  • Web hosting services
  • Backups and cloud storage
  • Infrastructure to support hosting and cloud services
  • Domain names
  • Email and internet security from SSL certificates to spam filters

It is unlikely that any single company can provide all these services alone. Most hosting companies utilize partnerships with other providers by pulling different individual services together for their customers. In addition, most of your customers will go to other companies for services you do not offer.

Nobody in the web hosting industry works in isolation. That is why it is so important to understand what is happening in the industry as a whole, even across services you do not provide.

The fact that the industry is so interconnected is a positive thing. By engaging with the industry fully, you can improve your own position and play a vital role in where the industry will go in the future.

Connect with the hosting industry at HostingCon 2013

HostingCon 2013 is home to informative sessions designed to help you engage with the rest of the web hosting industry.

In a session called “Market Update 2013: Where We Are and Where We Are Going,” Philbert Shih, Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, will tell you about the web hosting industry as it currently stands. You will hear about everything from industry performance averages to how cloud technology is being adopted.

Then, in “The Internet in 2020: The Fight for Our Future,” a panel of industry experts will get together to discuss where the Internet is going in terms of freedom, data protection, and privacy. In this essential session, you will learn about the importance of protecting the industry you are a part of, and how legal changes in the coming years could transform the way the Internet is treated unless you do your part to protect its future.

“Market Update 2013: Where We Are and Where We Are Going” takes place on Monday, June 17th at 2:15pm. “The Internet in 2020: The Fight for Our Future” takes place on Tuesday, June 18th at 11:00am.

To join the hosting community and be part of these sessions at HostingCon 2013, register today.

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