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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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Codero Hosting’s New Customers Sign on for Dedicated and Cloud Hybrid Services

Customers in various sectors including healthcare, IT and eCommerce now rely on Codero for the most superior performance, reliability and value in the hosting industry

Codero Hosting (www.codero.com), a leading provider of dedicated, managed, and cloud hybrid hosting services,  announced several exciting customer wins: diabetes advocate Chiron Data Systems, top online radio station HD Radio Network, premier eCommerce retailer Buxnie.com, and SaaS provider FormLogix. The new customers selected Codero for its flexible hybrid hosting portfolio encompassing both dedicated and cloud hosting solutions, combined with superior network speed, reliability, and performance.

“Due to our track record and dedication to reliability, stability, and customer service, we continue to expand Codero’s customer base. As companies continue to make the shift from running their data internally, Codero provides a compelling alternative with its broad portfolio to custom-fit a customer’s needs,” said Emil Sayegh, President and CEO. “Codero’s hybrid, dedicated, and cloud solutions offer tremendous cost, flexibility, and scalability advantages for businesses of all sizes.”

Chiron Data Systems selected Codero because of its innovative cloud and dedicated hosting solutions, also known as hybrid hosting, superior customer service, and top performance. Today, Chiron Data Systems has a number of Codero dedicated servers and cloud servers as part of their overall hybrid hosting solution. Their production environment runs on Codero dedicated servers, while their testing environment simultaneously runs on Codero cloud servers.

“It’s amazingly useful to launch and utilize cloud servers instantly,” said Aaron Smith, President of Chiron. “The Codero cloud performs better than its competitors and it has worked smoothly and reliably with absolutely no problems. For our purposes and applications, these cloud servers are the ideal solution. And the customer service is unparalleled!”

Popular online retailer Buxnie.com carries more than 230,000 products and 2000-plus brands through its powerful eCommerce engine hosted by Codero. The company selected Codero because of the company’s ability to deliver complex hybrid hosting services with straight-forward packages and competitive pricing.

“We do not have the resources to keep our server infrastructure in-house, and it would not be cost-effective,” said Daniel Eichar, Buxnie.com’s business development manager. “We selected Codero for its expertise in providing scalable, reliable computing infrastructures designed for high-demand and high-volume environments like ours.”

About Codero Hosting
Codero Hosting delivers world-class dedicated, managed, cloud and hybrid hosting solutions on-demand for businesses of all sizes worldwide. Codero integrates innovative industry-leading, fully automated IT hosting solutions with all customer service delivered by a seasoned and highly technical US-based team. This allows companies to confidently outsource their IT hosting needs while empowering them with complete control over their IT environment. Codero offers hosting from its SSAE 16 (SAS 70 Type II) data centers located across the US. An industry innovator, Codero has the only customer loyalty Rewards Program of any major industry player, as well as attractive, and rewarding affiliate, channel, referral, and reseller programs. Codero is backed by growth private equity firm Catalyst Investors. For more information about Codero, please visit www.codero.com or connect with Codero on Twitter and Facebook.

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Virtustream Expands Its Silicon Valley Presence

DAILYHOSTNEWS, October 21, 2011 – Virtustream has announced that it will open an office in San Francisco. The new space is in response to increased interest in the company and its offerings from potential customers and partners. The new San Francisco office will be located at 455 Market Street and move in is expected in early November.

Virtustream owns and operates its own data centers in the U.S. and U.K., and has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, London, Dublin and the Channel Islands.

The company provides ongoing support for its Cloud Platform Services through two groups: its Cloud Cover team provides a managed service, from core infrastructure through enterprise applications and the Cloud Staging and Networks group that provides colocation, security and network services.

The San Francisco office will headquarter the company’s Cloud Advisory Services unit. This unit offers cloud analysis, design and migration strategies for complex enterprise IT landscapes. The Cloud Advisory Services unit deploys Virtustream’s Advisor, a software tool that provides fact-based analysis of a company’s current IT environment and delivers specific recommendations based upon its proprietary algorithms.

In his statement, Michael Hoch, leader of the Cloud Advisory Services unit said: “Virtustream’s Cloud Advisory Services are unique in the industry and result in tailored cloud computing designs that meet the most demanding enterprise needs while recommending precise resource configurations. We can provide these designs without bias as we are technology vendor agnostic.”

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The new office will also house a part of the company’s product development team working on next generation releases of xStream, the company’s enterprise cloud platform. By creating SLA-based resource pools normalized to containers of virtual compute referred to as Infrastructure Units, Virtustream xStream offers compelling guarantees of CPU, memory, network and storage I/O resources. xStream supports on-premise, off-premise or hybrid cloud deployments as customer needs warrant.

About Virtustream
Virtustream is an innovative cloud provisioning firm committed to delivering next-generation infrastructure services to enterprise class customers. The company leverages its secure high performance platform, xStream, to deliver highly available and elastic compute resources at true consumption-based pricing.
Website: www. virtustream.com