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8 must haves for Cloud MSPs, how colocation data center is among key drivers of digital transformation: CloudFest

The annual festival for the cloud, telecom, infrastructure and hosting industry – CloudFest, successfully came to a close on 16th March 2018. The week-long event was the ultimate celebration of the cloud with fun, knowledge and networking exchanges.

The sixth edition of CloudFest saw a huge turnaround with over 7000 attendees, 1300+ CEOs, 2500+ companies, 250+ speakers and 80+ countries.

The sessions included latest announcements, product exhibitions, case studies and panel discussions.

One of the important highlights of the event was the CloudFest Hackathon that brought together open source technology leaders and communities together, who did some real-time coding.

The sessions covered everything from fog computing to domain, to security, to infrastructure, to colocation and big data.

Here’s a quick recap of the key sessions held at CloudFest 2018:

SONM – Decentralized fog computing

Igor Lebedev – SONM (Supercomputer Organized by Network Mining) CTO, discussed about the various challenges of current architecture related to computing workloads, networking requirements and storage amounts. He advocated Microservices and MPP (Massively Parallel Processing) as the solutions to increasing architectural challenges. Under fog computing, the tasks are solved right where they are. GPUs per him, are 100 times more powerful than the usual CPUs.

Verisign – NameStudio API

Ebrahim Keshavarz – Product Management at Verisign, introduced company’s new NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain names’ suggestion tool that can deliver countless .com and .net domain names and suggest relevant domains across a large number of TLDs.

He said that the domain names are the common denominator for various online services.

And thus, finding the perfect domain name is very important. Verisign’s NameStudio API is backed with various machine learning algorithms and can be easily integrated across any online platform.

Hubgets – Communication against the machine

Bogdan Carstoiu – the CEO at Hubgets, talked about the increasingly growing market for unified communications. He discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a strong implication in the communication industry. AI based smart bots can save a lot of time wasted in repetitive tasks by suggesting answers to the people.

Solar Archive – Delivering Shareholder value as a Managed Service Provider

David Clayton – non-executive director at Solar Archive, talked about the shareholder value and how can MSPs maintain the capital flow in their business.
He identified infrastructure, talent, brand and many other points as important assets of a cloud MSP.

He discussed the importance of investing in right infrastructure and talent to manage the MSP business and grow revenue. The must-haves of a successful MSPs are:

Here, he also emphasized the importance of email archiving which he said will grow at a CAGR of 14% during 2015-2019. 60% of the business data is on email as such it is important to protect and secure the email conversations. Here, MSPs stand a huge opportunity by offering email archiving services.

VMware – Avoid the Silo

Graham Crich – EMEA Director at VMware Cloud Provider Program at VMware, talked about the evolution of the computing from mainframe to mini and present-day virtualization platforms. He also discussed about the silos that are being built across a particular cloud service and how cloud providers can help their end customers break these silos.

He talked about VMware and AWS partnership and how this will lead to new opportunities for the cloud providers. As session takeaways, he advised CSPs to avoid being siloed, by embracing the whole hybrid cloud operating model and choosing the right tools and management layer to integrate the multi-cloud environment.

InterNetX – Hitting the cloud with Kubernetes

Killian Ries – Senior System Engineer and Marco Revesz – Business Automation Evangelist, at InterNetX, talked about Kubernetes and how they migrated a monolithic application to a micro-service based cloud application which was hosted on Kubernetes. Through a case study, they presented a solution to develop, deploy and run an application on modern DevOps standards.

Infradata – Evolution of Hosting

Remco Hobo – security architect at Infradata, talked about the evolution of the hosting industry. He identified digital economy, customer demands and technology as major drivers of the current technology landscape. He brought in the various challenges and opportunities of hosting industry:


Here, hosting providers need to specialize in their specific sectors to stay relevant in the highly competitive market.

Asseco Data Systems – Security in the Cloud

Andrzej Dopierala – President of the Management Board at Asseco Data Systems, talked about the security in the cloud. He discussed the rising security challenges in the digital market. Here, he introduced various tools like SimplySign for PDF signing, Certum Code Signing, Certum SSL and Certum Email Signing as the most popular trust services. By expanding these services to the cloud, the security of data can be enhanced.

e-shelter services – Colocation, enabler for Hybrid and Multi-cloud solutions

Toan Nguyen – Director Business Development & Cloud Platform at e-shelter services, talked about colocation services and how they can be the enabler for hybrid and multi cloud solutions.

He said that the cloud, Edge Computing, IoT and digitalization are the leading trends that drive customer’s demand for scalable and agile data centers. This will require the present-day data center and colocation service providers to reframe their business strategies to answer the evolving customer needs.

He emphasized the role of colocation data center and connectivity as the key for digital transformation.

HPE – Cloud28+ – Beyond a Single cloud story

Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps – VP Service Providers and Cloud28+ WW at HPE, discussed about HPE’s partner ecosystem and how it helps partners to extend their sales reach and create new revenue opportunities. He told how HPE is combining hybrid IT innovations – software defined infrastructure, private cloud with the speed and agility of public cloud, and management of multi-cloud and Hyperconverged infrastructure to redefine cloud at the edge.

He also announced new updates to the Cloud28+ platform.

Apart from the sessions, there were various innovative products and technology models that were presented during the event. One of the mention worthy products was RackNap which is a cloud services delivery platform. We got in touch with its COO (Chief Operating Officer) Sabarinathan Sampath, who told us about the product in detail, and how it is helping businesses globally to automate their products/services delivery.

CloudFest had some out-of-the-box sessions by Technology Futurist – Ian Khan, who is a strong advocator of technologies like cloud, AI and blockchain. He said, “If business success can be attributed to one thing, it is trust,” and that should be the base when companies interact with new systems.

Alexander Schulz, Slackline World Record Holder, motivated the attendees by sharing his own experience of becoming a slackline record holder. He said that stepping out of the comfort zone is one of the important steps towards achieving success in personal as well as professional front.

CloudFest, overall, was an event that celebrated cloud every day and through every session. We are very excited for the next edition of CloudFest.

Meanwhile, you can have a look at the short video on CloudFest:

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CloudFest – the mega cloud and hosting festival in full swing – fog, edge computing, latest processors and more

CloudFest, formerly WorldhostingDays, is the wonderland of cloud and hosting industry. The mega 7-day festival has kickstarted from 10th March in Europa-Park Rust, Germany, and is now in top form with over 6500+ enthusiasts from the cloud, hosting and service provider industries taking part from more than 80 countries.

The event is proving to be the ultimate platform for networking exchanges and sharing of the latest innovations and technologies in over 250 keynotes and panel discussions.

It is the most happening days for the cloud and hosting industry professionals who have come together to explore and analyze the future of the data center, cloud, internet and hosting industries.

Highlights till now

  • CloudFest Hackathon

The largest gathering and exchange of open source technology projects and knowledge – CloudFest Hackathon, just like its previous years, helped solve real-life open source problems.

  • Come2Gather Party on 12th

The perfect opening of the CloudFest – was the platform for attendees to network with each other in a calm and relaxed environment.

  • Speaker Line-up

This time the event is not only having speakers from the leading IT industries but also has some out-of-the-box lectures by various headliners like slackline world record holder Alexander Schulz, and technology futurist Ian Khan, to name a few.

  • Lords of Uptime Concert

In context of music, in 2017 the event had Royal Machines – rock band with music legends like Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens. This year, the president of CloudFest – Sören von Varchmin, is here with his own band, inviting his fellow colleagues from the cloud and hosting industries to form – the Lords of Uptime.

He has also tattooed the name of the event and has reportedly promised each imitator a free VIP ticket as part of the #nofake Tattoo Challenge, worth € 999.

  • Business, fun and rollercoasters

The 7-day festival is the perfect blend of technology meet fun. Hosted in Germany’s most popular theme park, participants are feeling awestruck with amazing roller coaster rides, side events and parties.

Some interesting sessions so far

  • Das Kamhout – Sr. Principal Engineer and Global Director, Cloud Solution Architecture at Intel Data Center Group talked about the evolving cloud computing landscape in his session – Defining what’s possible: Cloud Services Built on Intel.

He explained how Intel’s latest cloud infrastructure innovations are exclusively designed to help CSPs accelerate and differentiate their services and define new possibilities. At this occasion, he also introduced Intel’s latest generation Xeon scalable processors, accelerators and technologies to meet the demand of fast growing cloud workload.

  • Scott Schnell – senior vice president of Marketing and Channels at Verisign, talked about the latest trends that have an impact over the demand for domain names and how they are connected to cloud hosting in his session – Domain Name Industry Drivers.
  • Daniel Bounds – Sr. Director, Datacenter Products at AMD, launched new EPYC processor that is ideal for the scale and density requirements for both physical and virtual hosting environments.
  • Jacques Boschung – SVP Global Alliances and Telco at Dell EMC talked about the artificial intelligence (AI) world and how Dell which is at the forefront of AI can help their partners by offering latest high performance, edge computing and real time predictive technologies.
  • Igor Lebedev – CTO at SONM in his session Decentralized Fog Computing: A step into the future with SONM talked about how fog computing solutions can become a complementary technology which can eliminate cloud computing limitations.
  • Ebrahim Keshavarz – the senior vice president at Verisign, showcased their latest NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain name suggestion service that will deliver .net and .com domain names.
  • Lindsay Leonard, the enterprise territory sales manager of Seagate talked about the company’s updated portfolio of new technologies and products fueled by the cloud.
  • Jan Loeffler – CTO of Plesk in his session explained the importance of selling bundled solutions and how by selling infrastructure combined with Plesk technology will help solution providers win in the market era.

RackNap’s Senior Vice President, Sabarinathan Sampath told DHN about how their cloud platform helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform.

Not-to-be missed

  • NGD Systems, Inc. showcase of computational storage. They are using FAISS (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Similarity Search) in a POC (Proof of concept) around the distributed implementation of ANN (Approximate Nearest Neighbor) search. NGD’s Cataline-2 (CAT-2) In-Situ Processing NVMe SSDs will be used for faster and scalable search of nearest neighbors.
  • Leaseweb, which is a Gold partner at the CloudFest’s session about digital transformation with the motto Not your average cloud – We empower your digital transformation with our hybrid cloud solutions.
  • Super Micro Computer, Inc. exhibition of SuperBlade, MicroBlade, and 2U BigTwins.
  • ASRock Rack’s latest 4U100-C612 storage server that features 4U 100-bay high performing and high-density storage capacity for the hosting businesses.
  • CloudLinux – leading manufacturers of web security and stability solutions. The CEO Igor Seletskiy session about the role of big data in securing cloud servers.
  • StackPath’s Michael Marques discussion on the business of internet privacy, showcasing a white-labelled VPN service (WLVPN) to protect user privacy and security.

Free tickets for DHN readers

If you are a DHN reader, you get standard pass worth € 349 euros, without any cost, by simply registering using the code CF18JUJ, as we are the official media partners of the event. Only two more days left, so, register today.

Stay tuned, to get exclusive updates from the event.

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CloudFest 2018 – the most celebrated cloud and hosting industry event is back!

The premier global hosting and cloud event – CloudFest 2018 (earlier WHD.global), is scheduled to take place in Rust, Germany between March 10 – 16, this year.

The event will bring together the 200+ exhibition partners and attendees from the cloud, hosting and service provider industries to explore and access the latest innovations, technologies and trends that drive today’s digital communication.

This year, the event is a must-attend as it focuses on – growth, connectivity and learning, providing cloud professionals access to the latest happenings and unique networking opportunities with the knowledgeable sessions, cool breakout sessions and legendary after-sessions’ parties.

The list of attendees has already crossed the 6500 mark and comprises cloud professionals, VARs, system integrators, registrars and telecom operators from 84 countries.

CloudFest, this year, has also introduced some exciting new programs like Investor Lounge and startup.FAIR. While the Investor Lounge will bring biggest names in the technology and venture capitalists together, the startup.FAIR will help promote new entrants in the cloud market.

The event will not only include the technology experts but will also include the newsmakers, celebrities and influencers from various fields including government and media. The list includes names like Sophia the social humanoid robot, Billy MorrisonGuitar and Musical entrepreneur, Alexander SchulzSlackliner, World Record Holder and Ian Khan, the technology futurist.

Apart from these, the event will also witness some expert leaders’ keynote sessions – Laurent Allard (Executive Board Member, head of Strategic Development, Vice Chairman, OVH), Arnold Blinn (Chief Architect, GoDaddy), Ulrich Walter (Systems Cloud & HPC Sales Leader D-A-CH), Jan Loeffler (CTO, Plesk) and many others.

The event will also have its popular pre-program – CloudFest Hackathon, which will see the coming together of open-source communities, developers and partners to explore and solve the real-life open-source problems.

The event partners include Intel and .com powered by Verisign as the Diamond PLUS partners and Title sponsors. Other partners include Dell EMC, cPanel, HPE, Lenovo, IBM, VMware and many others.

Also Read: Hosting industry gets ready for WHD.usa 2017 – to discuss the future of IoT and Cloud computing 

The event will be conducted in the beautiful ambience of the Europa-Park and is going to be the ultimate combination of technology and fun.

As the media partner of this amazing event, DHN readers can register themselves for free using code CF18JUJ.

Stay tuned for getting more updates on CloudFest 2018!