Hosting and cloud transformation summit (HCTS) 2017, is one of the biggest events for the web hosters and cloud industry professionals.
This year, the event was held between September 18 to 20, at Bellagio Resort & Hotel, Las Vegas. The event saw a distinguished gathering of corporate leaders, industry visionaries, IT practitioners and financial professionals who talked about various technologies that enable the digital future of tomorrow.
The primary agenda of the event was to explore market opportunities and strategies for cloud and managed service providers, datacenter owners and hosters that arise out of the increased application of disruptive technologies like IoT and data analytics.
Melanie Posey, Research Vice-President, 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise, kick-started the keynote for the day 2 session. She discussed about the digital revolution powered by cloud and emphasized the importance of partners in this journey.
She said that managed service providers will need to focus on delivering professional services, hybrid and multi/cloud implementation and building effective partnerships. Quoting an example of Just Bulbs – the light bulb store in New York, she brought out the significance of transformation for staying relevant in the business.
— 451 Research (@451Research) September 19, 2017
The event also focused upon the rising importance of hyperscalers who are dominating the cloud market.
The discussion panel included experts like Eric Hanselman – Chief Analyst, 451 Research, and Miles Ward – Head of Solutions Architecture, Google Cloud. They explored the opportunity for service providers to partner with these hyperscalers instead of competing, which will help them mutually benefit each other.
Andy Lawrence, VP of Research, Data centers and Critical infrastructure, talked about the evolution of physical data center and how it is evolving and what service providers need to know to keep up with this changing datacenter scenario.
Christian Renaud – Research Director, IoT, 451 Research, talked about the role of datacenter and colocation in IoT. He said that demand of edge computing is rising due to heavy demand from various sectors like manufacturing, energy and transportation. It will be a good opportunity for datacenter service providers who can provide localized services to meet these application demands.
The leadership panel included Gerry Fassig, VP of sales, cloud and hosting, Coresite; Karen Farmer, Global Initiative Leader, Red Hat; and Mark Hurley, Data Center Solution Architect, Schneider Electric.