A premier forum for executives from cloud, hosting, internet infrastructure and datacenter industry – Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit 2017 by 451 Research, took place at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas between September 18 – 20.
Just like every year, this year too, the event was a huge success, witnessing a gathering of around 500 cloud operators, managed service providers and hosters.
The agenda was carefully crafted by 451 Research’s analysts and experts, which revolved around digital technologies like cloud, IoT and analytics that have the potential to redefine how work is done. The focus was to help attendees understand the dynamic IT landscape, identify opportunities and challenges to help them come up with actionable outcomes to seize the maximum market size.
While the Day 1 of the event included analysts’ 1:1 session and networking exchanges, the Day 2 kick started with a powerful keynote led by Melanie Posey – Research Vice President and General Manager, Voice of the Enterprise, who brought into light the grand strategy for digital transformation and how partners will play an important role in it.
Eric Hanselman – Chief Analyst, 451 Research along with Miles Ward – Solutions Architect Head, Google Cloud, debated the dominance of hyperscalers in the cloud market, and how service providers by partnering with them can multiply their growth opportunities.
Rory Duncan, Research Director for Managed Service and Hosting, outlined the shifts in the relationship between channel partner and the service provider. Apparently, he believed that the traditional “sell with” partners’ scenario is evolving slowly. Now, the channel partners need to work with vendors to bring new kind of complex cloud services in order to meet the end-customers’ demands.
The leadership panel included Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, VP, Indirect Digital Services, HPE, Dan Havens, SVP, World Wide Sales, Ormuco and Caroline Paine, Sales Director – Service Providers, OnApp.
Later, Kelly Morgan – Research Vice President, Services – 451 Research, talked about the strategies required to meet varied demands of buyers or enterprises looking to evolve their digital infrastructure. She emphasized on the role of M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) in this regard. She was joined by Jon Vanden Heuvel, Managing Director, Bank Street and Andrew Bartrop, Global Investment Banking, Deutsche Bank Securities,Inc.
Al Sadowski – Research Vice President, Voice of the Service Provider, analyzed the current and future market opportunities for service providers. The topics of discussion revolved around the impact post general availability of Microsoft Azure Stack, tier 2 and tier 3 providers, most desirable managed services and alike.
Those who failed to attend this premier event this year, can start registering today to reserve their seats for the next year.