Global information technology (IT) services market is expected to reach $748 billion by 2020. — Statista
The IT sector is a key driving force for the global economy and also has its cascading effect on other industries and markets.
Cloud computing, data analytics, software development, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies have now become the basic requirements for every business to survive in the era of digital transformation.
Innovation is knocking the doors of every industry. This has made all the enterprises today to adopt IT technologies to improve customer experience, optimize time to market, enhance operational efficiency, as well as reduce operating costs.
To provide enterprises and IT leaders a complete objective view of the things happening across all IT disciplines, Interop 2019 is coming to Las Vegas on May 20-23.
Interop 2019 conference- At a glance
With the theme— Keeping IT Real, the Interop 2019 is an unbiased IT conference that will help attendees to discover new strategies, products, and services. It will also help them hear from peers in the industry facing similar challenges and issues.
Interop is an independent platform where IT professionals can meet and learn from each other about everything that is going on in the industry. It will feature speakers from industry leaders like Google, Microsoft, Juniper Networks, Cisco, Delta Dental, and Red Hat.
The conference will witness all levels of IT and business professionals who are tasked with leveraging technology to drive their organizations forward.
Topics to be discussed at Interop 2019
The four-day conference will cover all the aspects of the IT industry that can help attendees to develop the necessary skills for managing a successful IT organization.
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Expert speakers at the Interop 2019
Shawn Anderson, Executive Security Advisor, Microsoft
Sonia Cuff, Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
Khadija Mustafa, Sr. Director of Business AI, Microsoft
Jim Carey, Product Management Lead, IBM
Michael Melore, Cyber Security Advisor, IBM
Doug Lhotka, Cybersecurity Architect, IBM
Aurora Morales, Search Outreach Specialist, Google
Ajay Chenampara, Domain Architect, Red Hat
Renee McKaskle, CIO, Hitachi Vantara
Matthew Oswalt, Network Reliability Engineer, Juniper Networks
Hank Preston, Network Engineer, Cisco
Jasdeep Singh, Security Engineer, AT&T
Shekar Atmakur, Manager, KPMG
Deborah Adleman, Director, US and Americas Data Protection Leader, EY
Genetha Gray, Lead People Research Scientist, Salesforce
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.
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
By the end of 2019, data from customers in Europe will be stored and processed in Zurich
As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates. To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.
Global transparency and collaboration for an ultra-connected world
The Global Transparency Initiative, announced in October 2017, reflects Kaspersky Lab’s ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products. The new measures are the next steps in the development of the initiative, but they also reflect the company’s commitment to working with others to address the growing challenges of industry fragmentation and a breakdown of trust. Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability.
The new measures comprise the move of data storage and processing for a number of regions, the relocation of software assembly and the opening of the first Transparency Center.
Relocation of customer data storage and processing
By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data center in Zurich and in this facility, will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) (http://KSN.Kaspersky.com) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.
Relocation of software assembly
Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its ‘software build conveyer’ — a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide. The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.
Establishment of the first Transparency Center
The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible stakeholders in a dedicated Transparency Center that will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year. This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one purpose only: protecting the company’s customers from cyberthreats.
Independent supervision and review
Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party qualified to conduct technical software reviews. Since transparency and trust are becoming universal requirements across the cybersecurity industry, Kaspersky Lab supports the creation of a new, non-profit organisation to take on this responsibility, not just for the company, but for other partners and members who wish to join.
Kaspersky Lab’s commitment
As a leading global cybersecurity solutions provider, Kaspersky Lab has always been committed to the most trustworthy industry practices, including strong protection for transmitted data, strict internal policies for data access, ongoing security testing of its infrastructure, and more. With this new set of measures, Kaspersky Lab aims to significantly improve the resilience of its IT infrastructure to any trust risk – even theoretical ones – and to increase its transparency to current and future clients as well as to the general public.
Commenting on the process move and transparency center opening, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said; “In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners. Transparency is one such need, and that is why we’ve decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement.”
The largest gathering of the cloud, hosting and internet infrastructure space – CloudFest India, is returning this year to Mumbai, on 23rd May 2018 at The Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel.
CloudFest India brings together the business leaders to discuss everything from infrastructure, services, security, software, content to deployment and deliver insightful key takeaways for the attendees.
India stands as an emerging market for the internet professionals in terms of various growth opportunities present. SMBs (small and medium sized businesses) act as the backbone of the Indian economy. Per a report published by the Ministry of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), India is home to 51 million SMEs, contributing 37.5 percent of India’s GDP.
*The onset of digital technologies has transformed the landscape in which SMBs operate. As per TRAI and BCG-Google study, India has 1.03 billion mobile subscriptions and over 350 million internet users.
The event will talk about more such opportunities that exist in the Indian market. It will showcase the latest technologies, innovations and trends that facilitate the modern communication.
The event will bring together the key branches of the internet infrastructure space – cloud and hosting, security and privacy, software and services, CDNs, telecoms, website builders and CMSs and domain registries and registrars.
It’s a must attend event because:
It’s a platform where the movers and shakers of the internet industry meet and network.
Attendees get to explore latest, state-of-the-art technologies in the exhibition hall.
All get fun and networking opportunities at the ConneXion party.
Attendees can also hold in-house private meetings to discuss growth opportunities with their fellow attendees, including customers and partners.
The ConneXion Party will also be an attraction at CloudFest India, where the attendees can have fun and at the same time network with each other.
This year the list of keynote speakers includes some eminent personalities like Nikhil Arora (VP and Managing Director at GoDaddy), Samiran Gupta (Head of India, ICANN), Manish Dalal (Vice-President – Naming Services, Asia-Pacific at Verisign), Rajendran Dhandapani (Director of Engineering at Zoho), Deepak Daftari (CEO at eShiksha.com) and many more.
GoDaddy stands as the diamond sponsor of the event while Duda and Zoho are the platinum sponsors. Other sponsors include Donuts, Domain Dhaba, E2E Networks, serverloft, OpenSRS, resellerCONNECT and more.
It is a must attend event for those with online businesses and those who aspire to start one.
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:
The NexGen 2017 Conference and Technology Expo is scheduled to be held December 11-13, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. The event has been designed for solution providers and it’s no surprise that NexGen will attract and hold the attention of 800+ leading-edge solution providers. The attendees will find innovative technologies, trusted partners and advanced strategies that will help them transform their value proposition to be the next-generation service providers.
The event focuses on next-generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, Infrastructure and data center, Internet of Things (IoT), mobility and apps, digital marketing, networking, and cyber & IT security.
With customers nowadays moving fast and with vendors bringing latest technologies to the market, there is an increase in the workload of solution providers. The NexGen Conference and Technology Expo will help solution providers step ahead of the pack and find new solutions to drive more revenue and profits. The conference will also help them-
Discover the practical business opportunities of AI.
Access innovative technologies and form some good partnerships.
Find the latest IoT Data Analytics Platforms.
Acquire tactics on how to monetize new cloud-based computing models.
The NexGen Conference received positive reviews from many solution providers last year who admitted that the conference helped them increase their network of contacts with other leaders within the industry, and they are excited about this year’s event as well.
The event is to be sponsored by many industry leaders, including VMware, Samsung, Lenovo and IBM, to name a few.
The event registration is now open for all the solution providers. DHN is the media partner of NexGen 2017 Conference and Technology Expo, an event by The Channel Company. So, DHN readers receive a free general admission pass to the event – a $49 value.