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Akamai unveils new edge computing solution for scalable and secure IoT connectivity

At Akamai Edge World conference, Akamai introduced a new cloud-based solution for connected devices. Called Edge Cloud, the new solution is aimed to streamline and secure the delivery of data to IoT connected devices and applications at scale.

There will be around 22 billion connected devices by 2025, which will be used to send data across the internet. In such a scenario, it is critical to ensure that all the data delivered to the connected devices remains secure and streamlined.

“Akamai is investing to extend its network capabilities with the goal of meeting the unique needs of the growing IoT device and application messaging markets,” said Craig Adams, senior vice president and general manager, Web Performance and Security, Akamai Technologies.

“Delivering massive amounts of data across the globe securely is in Akamai’s DNA. We are focused on developing technology designed to scale, simplify and secure the way IoT and application data is delivered to endpoints.”

Edge Cloud will come with a product named IoT Edge Connect that offers a secure framework to send data to and from devices. It will improve and help enterprises support huge IoT deployments. The new service uses messaging protocol MQTT and a MQTT message broker for sending or publishing information.

IoT Edge Connect can provide better scalability for connected devices and can support hundreds of millions of endpoints and ten times more messages, as compared to other IoT or in-app messaging cloud solutions.

IoT Edge Connect is architected to provide continuous global service and is integrated with an all-in-one data stream, distributed database. The service has an end-to-end mutual authentication, is easy-to-use and reliable, and optimizes data delivery.

“With the launch of IoT Edge Connect, we’re harnessing the power of the Edge and bringing it to the next frontier of connected devices and applications.” said Lior Netzer, vice president and CTO, IoT, Akamai.

The company has made its mark by launching a global content delivery network (CDN) that developers will leverage to expand the reach of applications.

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Understand the business value and risk of localized computing power at Edge Asia 2019

 “Around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%” Gartner

From a relatively obscure technology a couple of years back, Edge Computing has evolved to become one of the most talked about technologies today. The disruptive potential of edge is fueled by the growth of Internet of Things (IoT), big data, emergence of 5G networks and growth of distributed computing architecture.

According to a report by Technavio, the global edge computing market is expected to post a CAGR of 41% during the forecast period 2019-2023.

The centralized cloud architecture alone cannot support the emerging application and business requirements. Computing at the edge can improve the overall performance, reliability, scalability and fulfill regulatory compliance for many applications.

The edge resources can be deployed both at the operator side (known as infrastructure edge) and on the user side (known as the device edge). Infrastructure and Operations leaders need to understand the associated business value and risk of localized computing power.

Covering the breadth and depth of edge computing and its potential in the Asia-pacific region, BroadGroup will be launching its inaugural Edge Asia Singapore on April 11th, 2019 powered by Datacloud.

Edge Asia will define the Edge and its importance to 5G. It will also explore the opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead in the implementation of Edge services and networks in the APAC region.

For two years we’ve been in Singapore for Datacloud Asia. This year we are bringing the Edge Computing discussion to the APAC region, especially after the success of our inaugural Edge Congresses in the US and Europe. The event is now Edge Asia, powered by Datacloud.” – Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup.

The attendees will include top executives from the edge, cloud, computing, IoT, data center and data arena.

The list of speakers include:

  • Sunil Gupta – CTO, Communication and Media Industry Vertical, APAC, HPE
  • Gordan Falconer – Chairman Advisory Board, UN, United Smart Cities Group
  • Bill Barney – Chairman and CEO, Global Cloud Xchange
  • Shehara Viswanathan – Lead Consultant, Advisory, Cisco
  • Zoe Zhuang – VP, Chindata
  • Andrew Rigoli, Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy Equinix Asia-Pacific & Interim Country Manager, Singapore
  • Manik Narayan Saha – CIO, APAC & Japan, SAP

Key topics to be discussed

  • Managing data centers
  • Asia’s evolving digital landscape
  • Mapping the edge – analyze and identify the opportunities and threats
  • Need of dynamic workforce for the changing infrastructure landscape
  • Ways to enable smart cities and connected economies
  • How 5G and IoT hold the keys to edge deployments

Why should you attend?

  • Connect with your fellow industry members, customers and partners to discuss the dominant issues.
  • Identify the opportunities in edge and how you can capitalize them.
  • Gain insights from the leaders in the edge and the cloud industry.
  • Utilize the networking opportunities presented at the event to build new business avenues.

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The shift to Edge to be the most profound change in decades: Edge Europe 2019

The global Edge Computing Market is expected to reach USD 3.24 billion by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 41.0% during the forecast period.*

Over the last few years, we have seen the prodigious value brought to the market by the cloud computing and the shift towards centralized data centers. While the cloud infrastructure has proven to be an effective and economic platform for businesses, it has also increased the amount of data generated.

With the onset of the internet of things (IoT) and demand for a connected world, computing is more dispersed and centralized infrastructures alone will fail to be a silver bullet. The rapid progression of an increasingly connected and smart world as a result of IoT and other advanced technologies necessitates bringing the computing closer to the resources with the consumer – or what we call the Edge.

This trend of distributed architecture will further multiply with the convergence of new technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, smart cities, autonomous cars, micro-datacenters, edge facilities etc. thereby, marking the shift towards the Edge Computing.

Edge Europe 2019 – a part of the global Edge Congress Series, will extensively cover this shift towards edge on January 31st 2019 at Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Organized by BroadGroup, the one-day congress will have everything you will need for an all-encompassing edge ecosystem. The agenda includes sessions and thought leadership across critical IT infrastructure market. It will bring together the thought leaders, innovators, enterprise users, investors and IT solution providers under one roof.

Why attend Edge Europe 2019?

  • To learn about the constantly evolving edge infrastructure landscape.
  • To know about the impact of edge on the data center.
  • To be a part of the next industrial revolution.
  • To know about the role of automation, AI and machine learning.
  • To discuss and learn about the connection between edge computing and digital transformation.

A look at the speaker lineup

The event will have key sessions led by expert leaders, like:

  • Cyril Perducat, EVP IoT & Digital Offers, Schneider Electric.
  • Ben Tian, Senior Strategic Director, Alibaba Cloud Research.
  • Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President Global Business Unit IT, Rittal
  • Cara Mascini, CEO & Founder, EdgeInfra B.V.
  • Chad Boulanger, Managing Director, EMEA, FogHorn Systems.
  • Wilfried Dudink, Director Content Solutions, Product Management EMEA, CenturyLink.

You can check the entire list here.

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*https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-edge-computing-market

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Edge Data Center market to cross USD 13 billion by 2024, finds report

According to a new market research by Global Market Insights Inc., Edge Data Center market is projected to cross USD 13 billion by the year 2024. The increasing demand for cloud and edge computing is driving the market for Edge, per the report.

Using these technologies, organizations can set up infrastructure facilities closer to their source of data generation. This gives complete control over data processing and storage at the network edge, which is comparatively better than establishing it in a traditional centralized facility.

The application of these technologies in the industrial sector can result in reduced network traffic, low operating costs, real-time data analysis and improved business operations.

Need for a secured data environment is propelling the growth of edge data centers

Edge facilities are pre-built with protection against environmental conditions like humidity, heat, fire, rain etc. Further, the manufacturer products are coupled with various cooling and fire protecting devices which can save infrastructure facilities from any external damage. Thus, the application of these technologies gives an increased level of protection and privacy to the customer data.

IT and telecom service providers witness increased requirements for Edge facilities to meet their high computational power and 5G needs

IT and telecom sector is seeing a huge adoption of edge data center facility due to the rise in the demand of high computational power. The amount of data generated in the telecom market is also growing rapidly, which further requires them to deploy edge-based solutions to lower latency and optimize costs.

Telecom providers need to meet customized demands with a variety of plans they offer. The speed and security of Edge drives telcos towards it.

Also, with the upcoming 5G boom, telecommunication companies will be forced to deploy their facility closer to the 5G towers for faster services.

DCIM solutions are witnessing huge demand in the Edge Data center market

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions are seeing a huge demand in the Edge Data Center market. Increased application of these software for asset management, incident management and data recovery, drives its demand in the market.

IT managers also depend on these solutions to manage data center power and cooling facility.

Accurate data generation, better forecasting, less manual intervention and centralized management are some of the advantages of a DCIM software.

Strong demand for Edge data center installation and integration services

The report suggests a huge demand in installation and integration services in the edge data center due to rise in application of Edge in several business sectors. Companies who wish to deploy these facility via their own IT department have to compromise with the cost. Hence, most the companies, depend on manufacturers to maintain, manage and install these IT facilities. Thus, driving its growth.

Edge Data Center growth by application

IT & telecom sector secured 30 % of the overall market share of Edge data center. BFSI sector also witnessed a huge adoption rate. Concern for security and safety of data were identified as the driving factors. Edge technology will offer them faster disaster detection, reduced risk of loss or theft of data, reduction in data transmission durations and many other benefits.

Source: Global Market Insights

Amongst the region wise Edge data center market distribution and trend, North America edge data centers are projected to grow at 19% CAGR. Increasing adoption of advanced infrastructure facilities in the European countries is the major driver of growth in the Europe region.

Major players identified include Huawei Technologies, Rittal GmbH & Co., Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation, Eaton Corporation, EdgeConneX, Schneider Electric SA and many others.

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Witness the most transformative opportunity of the next decade, at Edge 2018

The edge computing market size is expected to grow from USD 1.47 Billion in 2017 to USD 6.72 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35.4% during the forecast period.1

A voluminous increase in the amount of data generated from millions of devices streaming music, videos, social networking, is creating a high network load and demand for more bandwidth. Edge computing is one of the most feasible solutions when it comes to improving user experience and optimizing bandwidth usage.

Increased load on cloud infrastructure, growing application range in various types of industries, and an increase in the number of intelligent and connected devices are the main driving forces for the Edge Computing Market.

Amongst this growing market for Edge Computing, organizations need to equip themselves with information about the latest and upcoming trends in the edge computing and edge datacenters, the strong market players, opportunities etc.

To explore how computing data at the edge will connect everything, BroadGroup is conducting Edge 2018 on October 24-25, 2018 at Austin, Texas.

Let’s quickly take a sneak peek into Edge 2018

Edge 2018 will be a highly interactive platform which will see the coming together of world leading edge players and datacenter leaders to discuss new opportunities that exist in the edge ecosystem.

Edge 2018 will respond to the emerging opportunities coming forth due to the growing inclination towards distributed infrastructure through the convergence of new technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet of things), 5G like smart cities, autonomous cars, micro-datacenters, connected things and edge facilities.

Edge represents the most metamorphic and profound change for decades, connecting things everywhere and enabling new ways of analyzing and managing the data needed to alter society, drive change and prioritize information critical to local infrastructure operations enabled by 5G and AI,” said Philip Low, the Chairman of BroadGroup.

Highlights of Edge 2018

1. Anixter Workshop and Opening Reception

Anixter’s pre-conference workshop and opening reception on a day before the event – 23rd October, will feature speakers from Black & Veatch and Equinix. The workshop will explore key trends and best practices to be followed within the edge data center environments.

2. MeetMe

MeetMe is a golden opportunity for all the registered delegates to arrange meetings with the edge visionaries and discuss key trends in the edge market.

3. Infrastructure Masons Edge Meeting

Edge Congress will also conduct a meeting of iMasons – an association of digital infrastructure professionals. Though it is primarily for the iMasons members, non-members can also come and share their knowledge.

4. Automation and AI Panel

The panel will discuss the role of AI and automation in managing data at the point of collection to ensure that the networks are not overburdened, which in turn can increase agility and production.

5. Edge Leaders Panel Discussion

Led by IGR President Iain Gillott, the panel will discuss about how the rising demand for IT services is driving the growth of datacenters.

6. Farewell BBQ Hosted by Vertiv

At the end of Day 2, the attendees will get to enjoy the authentic taste of Texas at the Farewell BBQ hosted by Vertiv.

7. Picturesque Views of Austin Texas

Attendees can enjoy the beautiful environment and culture of Texas, its inspiring cuisine, and stunning views, along with networking at the main event venue.

A look at the speakers

The event will have eminent C-level speakers, data center leaders and edge experts who will share their knowledge through respective sessions. A quick look at speakers:

  • Kevin Brown – Senior Vice President of Innovation & CTO, Schneider Electric, IT Division
  • Gaurav Chawla – VP and Fellow, Dell EMC and EdgeX Foundry Member
  • Kit Colbert – VP & CTO, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware
  • Mark Collier – Chief Operating Officer, OpenStack Foundation
  • Jeff Ferry – VP, Goldman Sachs
  • Alon Gavrielov – Infrastructure Planning & Growth, Cloudflare
  • Andrew Jimenez – VP of Technology, Anixter
  • Mike McBride – Sr. Director, Innovation & Strategy, Huawei Technologies
  • Jimmy D. Pike – SVP and Senior Fellow, Dell EMC

You can access the full list here.

Event Sponsors

Schneider Electric is the founding partner of the Edge 2018 while Dell EMC and Vertiv are the global platinum sponsors.

You can check other sponsors here.

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OpenStack Rocky: Latest OpenStack version lays foundation for bare metal, serverless computing and easier upgrades

OpenStack Foundation released the 18th version of its cloud infrastructure platform, called OpenStack Rocky. The latest version comes with several new capabilities for operators of both private and public clouds.

The OpenStack software is used by over 75 public cloud datacenters and thousands of private clouds globally at a scale of more than 10 million compute cores. The platform can uniquely suit the deployments of various hardware architectures including bare metal, virtual machines (VMs), graphics processing units (GPUs) and containers.

Rocky version of OpenStack is a major release that brings enhancements to the OpenStack Ironic project, support for serverless functionality, and updates for enterprises to easily migrate to newer versions of OpenStack.

It incorporates improvements that will make OpenStack a more compatible platform for modern technologies like edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and software containers.

Enterprises nowadays are shifting beyond virtualization and deploying containers directly on bare metal to support modern technologies. OpenStack Ironic helps in laying the foundation for such hybrid environments.

Ironic now comes with more sophisticated management and automation capabilities for bare metal infrastructure. It will enable user-managed BIOS (basic input output system) settings to offer multiple configuration options. It will boost the performance, configure power management options, and enable technologies like SR-IOV or DPDK.

The RAM Disk deployment interface brings diskless deployments to Ironic which will eliminate the need for persistent storage. It will be specifically useful for enterprises with large-scale and high-performance computing (HPC) use cases.

Another new feature for OpenStack Ironic is the conductor_group property which will allow users to isolate the nodes based on physical location. It will reduce network hops for strong security and performance.

“OpenStack Ironic provides bare metal cloud services, bringing the automation and speed of provisioning normally associated with virtual machines to physical servers,” said Julia Kreger, principal software engineer at Red Hat and OpenStack Ironic project team lead.

“This powerful foundation lets you run VMs and containers in one infrastructure platform, and that’s what operators are looking for.”

With the latest version of OpenStack software, the Magnum project has become a Certified Kubernetes installer. Octavia load balancing project will now support UDP transport layer for voice, video and other real-time applications. It will bring load balancing to edge and IoT use cases.

Furthermore, the update will expand the monitoring capabilities of Masakari project to include internal failures in instances like hung operating system, data corruption, etc.

Also read: Red Hat introduces new infrastructure migration solution to help enterprises embrace digital transformation

The capabilities of OpenStack Rocky are available via a new Silicon Valley public cloud availability zone powered by Canada-based provider, VEXXHOST.

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Why are datacenters so severe and vulnerable to outages? – Uptime Institute survey

Despite the significant efficiency gains in last few years, the data center industry is seeing growth in rate and severity of datacenter outages, according to Uptime Institute Global Data Center Survey. The enterprises are looking for new ways to boost their resiliency.

Uptime Institute, the global datacenter authority, surveyed around 900 datacenter operators and IT practitioners worldwide to find some of the key trends in data center industry.

Most of the respondents said that hybrid data center approach made their IT operations more resilient, but still 31% of them faced an IT downtime or severe service degradation in the past year, up from 25% over last year’s survey. Moreover, nearly half of the respondents faced a datacenter outage in last three years. Uptime Institute said that this is a higher-than-expected number.

A majority of respondents polled that the outage was preventable. It took one to four hours for most of the respondents to fully recover, while one-third of them reported a recovery time of at least five hours. The main reasons of datacenter outages are human error, configuration mistakes, power outages, network failures, as well as third-party service provider outages.

The questions that arise are—Why are datacenters vulnerable to outages? Why are datacenters so severe? Uptime Institute survey answers these questions and overviews the main challenges and complexities that data center operators face around the world.

Top challenges and complexities for data center managers

  • Datacenter efficiency improved but complexity has increased

Power usage effectiveness (PUE) has been helping datacenter operators to improve the efficiency of infrastructure energy, resulting in improvement of overall datacenter efficiency. Enterprises indicated continuous improvement in the PUE metric over the years.

According to the Uptime Institute survey, the average PUE was 2.5 in 2007, which improved to 1.98 in 2011, and then 1.65 in 2013. And now, it has reached to 1.58 in 2018. As the usage of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven datacenter management as a service (DMaaS) and software-defined power increases, the enterprises will continue to improve efficiency to lower operating costs and to optimize available power.

datacenter PUEHybrid IT is becoming mainstream as enterprises aims to place their workloads in the best execution venue considering the cost, availability, compliance and other key factors. However, the management of multiple types of datacenter environments increases complexity.

The datacenter managers need to effectively manage the combination of on-premises datacenter capacity and off-premises resources like colocation, cloud, and hosting. This is driving the demand for datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) software deployments.

To achieve or improve the resiliency, some enterprises count on traditional approaches like regular backups or website replication, while others consider the use of cloud- based high-availability services, and disaster recovery as a service.

datacenter resiliency

  • Edge computing will add a layer of operational and management complexity

Over 40% of the respondents said that their organization will implement edge computing capabilities so that the necessary data can be processed closer to source of its generation and use. Whereas, 27% didn’t expect the need for edge computing, and 27% respondents were not sure.

While the edge computing technologies like internet of things (IoT) are still in initial stages, but their deployments are being done in large volume. No doubt, most of the organizations will need new edge datacenter capacity in the years ahead.

Of the respondents who indicated implementation of new edge capacity, 37% will use their own private data centers, while 26% will use a combination of colocation and private datacenters. A few respondents also indicated outsourcing or opting for a public cloud provider to handle their edge computing demand.

edge computing in datacenterWith the introduction of more edge applications, the edge will expand and move beyond the proximity of their own private facilities and drive the demand for datacenter capacity in multi-tenant facilities, as well as in strategically placed, small distributed, micro-modular datacenters. This will end up adding a new layer of operations and management complexity in the future.

  • Average rack densities in data centers remain low

In 2017, 67% of enterprises had average rack density below 6 kilowatt (kW) per rack. Only 9% reported an average of 10 kW per rack or higher.

This year, around 50% of respondents reported that their highest rack density was between 10 kW and 29 kW. Only 20% had the highest density 30 kW or above. This shows that density extremes in datacenters are rising.

Such high rack densities at enterprise and service provider datacenters reveals that the operators face cooling challenges. Uptime Institute said that datacenter cooling systems are often poorly optimized, unless the IT environments are specifically built for such high densities.

highest server densityMost of the respondents use precision air cooling (59%) to cool their highest density racks, followed by basic room-level cooling and liquid cooling techniques.

datacenter cooling

  • DCIM has become the norm

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software, a powerful and productive technology for modern data centers, provides accurate information about datacenter assets, resource usage, as well as operational status. The DCIM software tracks and reports about redundancy, power utilization, availability, airflow, humidity, etc.

If the enterprises integrate DCIM with IT management data, it can also provide insights about levels of facility infrastructure, echelons of IT stacks, end-to-end IT service management considering the availability and resiliency of datacenter resources.

Despite the difficulties in deployment, the DCIM software has become a mainstream datacenter technology, with 54% of the respondents reported purchase of some sort of commercial DCIM software. 75% of them successfully deployed it, while 47% of them are supplementing the implementation with more DCOM tools.

The key reasons to deploy DCIM software were capacity planning (76%), power monitoring (74%), provide executives and customers visibility or reports (52%) and compliance (35%).

Data center infrastructure management

  • Datacenters unprepared for climate change

The changes in climate can result in extreme and disastrous weather. For example, a warmer climate can increase the frequency of destructive events like flooding rains, droughts, heat waves, etc. This makes the datacenter vulnerable in several ways.

Despite the vulnerabilities, 46% of the respondents said that they were not prepared for climate-change disruption to datacenters. They have determined that they either won’t be affected, or the managers are ignoring the problem.

datacenter climate change

Uptime Institute said that even slight changes in temperature for only a few days a year can increase the costs of some technologies or make them unviable. Furthermore, the climate changes can affect the well-prepared datacenters by impacting the staff and suppliers with transport and infrastructure.

  • Recruitment of datacenter skills becoming harder

Organizations are finding it harder to recruit and train staff with the skills needed to operate and support hybrid IT environments. Only 35% of the respondents didn’t face any hiring or staffing issues, whereas the same number of respondents had recent staff cuts or were expecting staff cuts or were finding it difficult to find qualified candidate for open jobs.

datacenter jobs

By industry vertical, the colocation, multi-tenant data center and software sectors had lower level of staff cuts but found it difficult to recruit qualified candidates for open jobs.

Half of the respondents said that operations and management is the most critical yet difficult area of expertise to hire for. Whereas, around one-third of respondents cited security, networking, electrical engineering, cloud provisioning, and mechanical engineering.

Suggested reading: Interconnection and managed services necessary for datacenter providers to stay alive in cloud era

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HPE to invest $4 billion in intelligent edge technologies over the next four years

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is planning to invest $4 billion into intelligent edge technologies and services over the next four years.

Antonio Neri, CEO of HPE, announced the company’s plan at Discover conference. Edge computing or intelligent edge, as HPE refers to it, covers most of the modern technologies entering the market.

Aim of the new investment is to help customers turn all their data from every edge to any cloud into intelligence, said HPE. It will drive seamless interactions between people and things, and provide personalized user experiences.

HPE will specifically invest in research and development to transform the services, products, and consumption models covering cybersecurity, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

“Data is the new intellectual property, and companies that can distill intelligence from their data —whether in a smart hospital or an autonomous car—will be the ones to lead,” said Antonio Neri. “HPE has been at the forefront of developing technologies and services for the Intelligent Edge, and with this investment, we are accelerating our ability to drive this growing category for the future.”

Gartner forecasted that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside traditional, centralized data center or cloud by 2022, up from around 10% in 2018. Most of the digital business projects will be created at the edge.

HPE plans to meet all the demands of intelligent edge with the new investment plan. The company is already a prominent player in fast-growing market for intelligent edge. For instance, HPE’s Aruba and Pointnext services are helping Gatwick Airport in becoming the most technologically advanced airport in the world.

Also read: HPE simplifies hybrid cloud management with GreenLake Hybrid Cloud

“The next evolution in enterprise technology will be in edge-to-cloud architecture,” continued Neri.  “Enterprises will require millions of distributed clouds that enable real-time insights and personalized experiences exactly where the action is happening.”

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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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