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HostingCon 2013: So Long Austin, Hello Miami!


As a large gathering of bikers started riding out into the Austin, TX sunset on Father’s Day weekend, a scarier lot descended unto the famous 6th Street strip: Web hosting providers!

Hundreds of hosters, cloudies and IT industry types did their best to ‘Keep Austin Weird’ as well as informed at the annual HostingCon reunion on June 17-19, which featured more than 50 educational sessions dedicated to market trends, technological innovations and just plain old Web hosting tips.

It was the second of nine HostingCon conferences held in the Texan capital and while the event organizers praised the prized venue, they beamed at the opportunity to host the 10th event in Miami, Florida.

“Miami is a fantastic city, and people are getting excited, ” reiterated Kevin Gold, VP of Marketing at iNet. “We’re looking at doing some special things next year – stay tuned.”

That means there will be bigger parties to rival the rollicking SoftLayer/cPanel bash held at Maggie Mae’s on June 17th and the several others that followed suit to keep everyone’s networking juices flowing and whistles wet.

That’s not to say there weren’t lessons to be learned, partnerships to be cultivated or markets to be researched.

“With Internet adoption growing from 14 percent in 1995 to 80 percent in 2011…and instant access to information now a reality, business has changed. You have to keep changing to stay relevant, ” urged Max Wessel, Business Innovation Leader at SAP North America, who keynoted the event.

While Wessel encouraged all business owners to embrace change, he was adamant that businesses compete where they can win and integrate around what is required to get the job done.

That insight was not wasted on leading hosting providers like SingleHop, which recently expanded to Amsterdam and continues to look for further expansion opportunities in Europe, South America and possibly Hong Kong, said co-founder and CMO, Dan Ushman.

“Business is great. We’re experiencing 35 percent growth year over year and our reseller program is taking off. We now have 2, 500 reseller partners and 10 percent of those wins were acquired in the last two quarters, ” Ushman added.

Those sentiments were echoed by Leaseweb’s VP of Sales, Keren Rubenstein and Evoswitch’s Sales Director, Jasper Lankhorst, a 30-year veteran in data center operations.

“Leaseweb was the first European player to move to the US…there continues to be strong potential in Europe but we have to go where our customers want us to be. It’s all about data. We’re there to protect it, connect it and give our customers the access they need.”

Lankhorst indicates that Leaseweb is now in research mode for data center space in California, guided by customer need.

“It’s basically how long customers are willing to wait for a site to load, 1 millisecond, 5 milliseconds. Connectivity is the main issue and Leaseweb will reduce the distance that data has to travel with our new CDN (Content Delivery Network), ” noted Rubenstein.

Perhaps the most vivid demonstration of expansion lies with the recent moves of cloud enabler, Parallels. The company started operations in Africa recently to take advantage of the SME cloud market there valued at $1.6 billion now, and leaping to $4.1 billion in three years. Furthermore, Parallels research finds that six million SMBs worldwide secured cloud services in 2012, which bodes well for hosting companies looking to add to or even start building a cloud portfolio.

Adam Bogobowicz, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Parallels notes, “We see higher growth in delivering cloud services across the spectrum. Initially single server services like Plesk to deliver websites are the norm and as businesses grow, advanced Plesk automation solutions requiring five instances, for example, are relatively common.”

We all hope the common denominator of good times and actionable information awaits us again in sunny Miami, next June.

HostingCon 2013: SpamExperts Organizes a $65K Give-Away


Amsterdam, May 13th, 2013 – SpamExperts, Amsterdam based leading provider of email security products is proud to reveal an industry-first innovation called “The Complete Service Provider Package”, the largest giveaway in the history of HostingCon. The package will consist of separate service offerings to complete a prize pool for hosting providers which sets new records in terms of giveaways and value-creation for HostingCon participants.

HostingCon is the elite annual conference and trade show for the hosting services industry in the US. SpamExperts, a premium supplier of email security services for webhosts, will attend the conference and exhibition as Gold sponsor for the 5th consecutive year.

In line with the conference’s theme “Raise the Game”, SpamExperts has initiated an unprecedented package of webhosting-centered services, where timely access to the right licences, software and benefits for a webhosting provider is the driving factor.

The package is co-sponsored by leading players in the industry and totals an amazing $65, 000 making it the most valuable prize ever offered at HostingCon.

The content of the package will consist of:

SpamExperts

1000 domains incoming filtering license

1000 domains outgoing filtering license

Branding license

Premium Support Contract

Bobcares

Power Pack support bundle*

– Unlimited help desk support for 5 shared hosting servers

– 24×7 US based English phone support for 500 mins

– 500mins German phone support during business hours

*Valid for 3 months

CloudLinux

100 server licenses for CL

cPanel

2 Year Free cPanel license

(1) One Time WHMCS license

Comodo

50 Free SSL Certificates & WebInspector for 50 Domain

eBridge Marketing Solutions

$800 of Internet Marketing Services

ISPsystem

100 ISPmanager Pro lifetime licenses for web server management

LuxCloud

100 free Hosted365 licenses included in

one free of charge LuxCloud Reseller Account*

Set up fees included

No sales commitment (for 1 year)

* Subject to a LuxCloud Sales Partner Agreement.

Open-Xchange

OXrate Starter Pack – license for 5000 Mailboxes

*Support is not included.

Tucows/OpenSRS

Free OpenSRS signup

300 free gTLD registrations

* Winner would still have to pay the registry fee and the ICANN fee.

The SSL Store

SSL Reseller Starter Package:

Symantec Secure Site EV for the partner site

5 RapidSSL, 3 GeoTrust TrueBusinessID or QuickSSL Premiums, and 1 Thawte SSL123 pre-loaded

Sam Renkema, CEO of SpamExperts, said: “The innovative Complete Service Provider Package brings together service offerings into a single solution for a webhosting provider. It gives the lucky winner the opportunity to start or boost his business, provide just-in-time knowledge and reduce personal risk. The project is the result of a collaboration with a network of leading players in the hosting industry, backed by HostingCon organizers. SpamExperts was responsible for identifying, researching and composing the package in order to help the winning business become more competitive through the application of new techniques, technologies and processes at no cost. We hope to demonstrate its usefulness and versatility, and we thank all co-sponsors for embracing our idea. With such a high concentration of services, we have reached an impressing package worth 65.000 $.”

“We are proud to partner with SpamExperts in The Complete Service Provider Package. Our offer consists of 10 of the most globally recognized SSL certificates in the industry along with our highest level of reseller pricing on all future SSL purchases for FREE, more than a $2, 000 value. With our offer, the winner of this competition will have immediate and free access to all of the tools they need to truly profit from SSL.”, says Kevin Johnson, Channel Manager of The SSL Store.

“As a software provider to the hosting industry, we are constantly introducing state-of-the-art technology to respond to the requirements of our customers in a fast evolving environment. We hope you appreciate the value of the Complete Service Provider Package. We invite you to stop by our booth #333 to know more about our solutions and get our exclusive gifts”, says Tatiana Kizhnerova, Marketing Director of ISPsystem.

“We are giving out $12, 000 worth of CloudLinux licenses”, says Igor Seletskiy, Founder & CEO of Cloud Linux Inc., “Over the years, we had raised the bar for stability in shared hosting, and this giveaway should allow the lucky winner to significantly boost their shared hosting platform.”

“We have been offering internet marketing consulting services to companies in the web hosting and B2B tech space since 2001 and have attended HostingCon for the last eight years, ” shares eBridge Marketing Solutions President Hartland Ross. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this value-packed promotion put on by our friends at SpamExperts. The winning business will be able to leverage our experience in the industry and choose a service that will be most suitable to them. We very much look forward to working with the winner.”

Marco Houwen, LuxCloud Founder & CEO, added “We are delighted to support our partner SpamExperts on this excellent initiative. With 100 Hosted365 licenses offered for a value of $16, 000, LuxCloud’s contribution is significant.” Marco continued, ”Hosted365 enables the delivery of a hosted desktop with Web based versions of Microsoft Office programs; resellers retain full customer ownership and benefit from automated ordering, provisioning and billing. Hosted365 is fully customizable and features a centralized one-click access to all cloud applications from a single sign-on interface, making it the ultimate cloud service bundle for hosters.”

“The Complete Service Provider Package is an exciting innovation from SpamExperts, and Bobcares is delighted to be a part of it. Bobcares has always been on the forefront of service innovations, and this HostingCon give-away provides a unique platform to combine our strengths with other industry leaders. Our exclusively created Power Pack support bundle consists of services worth $6000! With our ISO certified support team joining your ranks, you will see significant improvement in customer delight. To know more about how best to configure your support services, please stop by our booth #532 near the networking lounge.” says Visakh S, Branding Lead , Bobcares.com


The prize will be drawn on Wednesday, June 19th. For more information and details on how to participate, follow further announcements on Twitter, FaceBook, check the HostingCon Bag Insert, or visit us at booth 623.

ICANN 45 Forum Comes to Toronto Oct. 14-19


Several technology leaders will be in Toronto next week for ICANN 45 meetings and panel sessions on the operation, security and infrastructure of the Internet.

“We are proud to have been chosen by ICANN to host this important forum, ” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the organization that manages .CA.

Holland continues: “The Internet has become an integral part of the economic, political and social lives of all Canadians and we can’t afford to ignore the issues and events that are influencing how it will operate in the decades to come.”

The opening keynote on Monday, October 15th will be delivered by the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, who will discuss the Government of Canada’s efforts to promote digital openness and innovation through its Action Plan on Open Government.

The jam-packed event, held at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle Hotel from October 14 to 19, will also feature discussions on preserving and improving the Internet’s multi-stakeholder governance model, internationalized domain names, new generic Top-Level Domains, IPv6, and the deployment of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).

HostingCon 2013 to be Held Austin, TX


West Chester, OH – July 30, 2012 — iNET Interactive has announced today the location and date for the ninth annual HostingCon, the world’s premier conference and trade show serving the web hosting, cloud and managed services industry. HostingCon 2013 will be held in Austin, Texas, from June 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center, located in the heart of the Texas Capital—one of the most technologically advanced convention facilities in the country.

HostingCon attendees include technical and business decision-makers from web hosts, cloud providers and managed services providers, as well as the infrastructure and application providers who serve this audience. In 2012, HostingCon attendees represented more than 35 countries. Whether traveling domestically or internationally, HostingCon attendees expect a high-class location to get business done while also enjoying an opportunity to relax and have fun—all of which Austin delivers.

“For HostingCon 2013, we wanted to re-visit Austin, Texas, the location of HostingCon 2010, because of the overwhelming positive feedback received from attendees. Austin has a perfect mix of worldwide accessibility, robust technology industry and internationally-recognized entertainment, ” explains Kelly Kleiner, VP of sales and events at iNET Interactive, the producer of HostingCon. “The Austin Convention Center has a state-of-the-art communication infrastructure, it’s just 7.5 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and it’s walking distance to world-class dining, entertainment and hotels.”

Austin is also home to the famed South by Southwest conference (SXSW), an annual film, music and interactive conference and festival that draws more than 5, 000 tech-savvy attendees. The gigabit-rated convention facility offers communication infrastructure capable of moving voice, video and data at 1 billion bits per second, making it perfectly capable of meeting the capacity demands of HostingCon’s hi-tech attendees.

On any given night, live music plays at any of nearly 200 venues throughout the city. In the early 1990s, the sheer number of music venues earned Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World” title it still holds today. Austin is also one of the country’s top technology cities and Entrepreneur magazine recently named it one of the top cities in the country for entrepreneurs. Technology giants including Dell, Samsung and Advanced Micro Devices, as well as many large data centers and hosting companies, are located around Austin.

We had terrific feedback about the educational program at HostingCon 2012, and we’re already working on raising the bar for 2013, ” stated Liam Eagle, HostingCon co-chair. “We intend for the 2013 program to be the best HostingCon program ever and I expect Austin to be the setting for some truly exciting and memorable HostingCon moments.”

About HostingCon

HostingCon is the world’s premier conference and trade show serving the hosted services industry.  HostingCon brings together web hosts, cloud services, managed services providers, data centers, software-as-a-service (SaaS), ISVs and other Internet infrastructure providers. HostingCon is an iNET Interactive event.  For more details about HostingCon, visit www.HostingCon.com.  For more information on iNET Interactive, visit www.iNETinteractive.com.

Cloud Expo 2012: June 11 – 14, Javits Convention Center, New York City


Cloud Expo 2012 offers a vast selection of technical and strategic breakout sessions, General Sessions, Industry Keynotes, the not-to-be-missed “Power Panels” discussion. The bustling Expo floor, complete with two busy Demo Theaters, means you can kick the tires of solutions and offerings, and discuss one-on-one with all the leading Cloud and Big Data players what they are offering and how to make use of it in your particular situation.

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The Cloud Computing World Forum 2012: June 12-12, London


Europe’s biggest cloud computing event, and the only place to discuss the latest topics in cloud, including security, mobile, applications, communications, virtualization, CRM and much more. Join us at Earls Court.

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Parallels Summit: Feb. 14-16, 2012, Orlando, Florida


At Parallels Summit 2011 we explored the move by SMBs to the Cloud. Now grab hold of that opportunity February 14-16 at Parallels Summit 2012.

Showcasing practical ways of selling, upselling, reselling, bundling and delivering the widest range of Cloud services to SMBs, Parallels Summit 2012 gives you an exclusive look into Parallels products and ecosystem — key elements to the success of your business.

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