TL; DR: Our annual migration to HostingCon Global is upon us. This year, we’re heading to Los Angeles to meet with industry leaders and the teams behind emerging technologies in the hosting, cloud, and service provider industries. As a bonus, HostingCon and Data Center World are happening under the same roof in 2017, bringing together datacenter professionals, hosting providers, hardware and software vendors, and others for four days of networking and learning. Read on to learn how to attend and why you should go.
Right from the start, HostingCon knows how to make an impression. My first year attending the cloud and service provider conference was spent meeting the biggest names in the industry.
On the first day alone, I got to talk with the CEOs, Founders, and Presidents of InMotion Hosting, SiteGround, A2 Hosting, and Media Temple. That invaluable face-to-face time set the groundwork for great friendships and repeated opportunities for each of our respective brands.
This year, as the HostingAdvice team prepares to head west to Los Angeles, a few of our favorite hosts are opening their doors to us and offering tours of their LA datacenters — especially relevant because HostingCon is happening at the same time and place as the main conference for datacenter professionals.
Data Center World and HostingCon are working together to showcase the most innovative products, educational resources, and well-represented networking events in the hosting and datacenter industries. We got the insider scoop on how to attend, straight from our friends on the HostingCon team.
Your Itinerary: How to Attend HostingCon Global 2017
Westward, ho! HostingCon touches down at the Los Angeles Convention Center from April 3 to 6 with events, sessions, and an expanded exhibit hall that’s sure to impress.
The conference prides itself on being an unbiased, vendor-neutral forum for decision makers and industry leaders to learn about new products, trends, and ideas.
The opening day of HostingCon includes in-depth workshops, a new speed-networking session, and the always-entertaining game show. Day Two kicks off the educational sessions and features the keynote speech. You’ll want to spend the remainder of the conference at presentations, the exhibit hall, and WHIR networking event.
Travel arrangements can be made through three host hotels, and attendees can find discounts for plane tickets, rental cars, and shuttles to the airport.
Hosting Meets Hardware: 2 Conferences Share Resources and Networks
HostingCon and Data Center World will still operate as separate events but collaborated on the exhibit hall and keynote speaker, according to Mark Britton, Director of Marketing for Penton, the parent organization for both events.
“As more organizations opt to outsource some or all of their hosting needs as a cost-saving measure, the joining of datacenter professionals with hosting and cloud providers, MSPs, VARs, and hardware and software vendors seems like a natural progression,” he said. “It’s more important than ever that these two industries share and come to a mutual understanding about the interworking of datacenters from design to execution.”
Keynote Speaker: From FBI’s Most Wanted Hacker to Top Security Consultant
Dubbed the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick will deliver the HostingCon and Data Center World keynote address on April 4.
Once on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for hacking into 40 major companies, Kevin now operates as a security consultant and uses his skills to uncover clients’ IT weaknesses.
“Kevin is a fascinating individual who I think HostingCon and Data Center World will really enjoy hearing from,” HostingCon Marketing Manager Andy Grider said.
Learn About the Latest News, Ideas, and Trends in Educational Settings
Educational sessions take up the bulk of the HostingCon agenda, with more than 40 presentations spread across three learning tracks: building business, strategy, and technology and trends.
HostingCon or Data Center World attendees will be allowed to catch up to two educational sessions from the other conference, Andy said. He also mentioned a mini-track that will cover internet security.
Colossal Exhibit Hall Exposes Companies to New Customers and Technologies
Perhaps the biggest buzz surrounding HostingCon this year is the enormous exhibit hall that awaits. Combining with Data Center World will triple the size of the show floor and provide a place for two related industries to interact.
“Datacenter managers will no doubt benefit from talking to hosting providers, who are potential datacenter customers,” Sales Manager Allison Heather said. “Likewise, for the hosting companies at HostingCon, the Data Center World expo hall will offer them ideas about running a datacenter more efficiently.”
Network, Learn, and Grow: Create Partnerships and Boost Your Success
Three years after my first HostingCon, I’m a little less starstruck — but no less excited to see and hear from the leaders and decision makers of the hosting industry. Whether the HostingAdvice team is meeting new people, learning about a new innovation, or camping out near the coffee, we’d love to chat.
Andy is eager for attendees to live and experience the HostingCon motto of Network, Learn, and Grow. Because growth can be achieved through professional development or new business relationships, the motto means something different to everyone.
“Attendees can network with other attendees and exhibitors to discover new partnership opportunities or simply share best practices and advice with each other,” he said. “Attendees will learn from going to the educational sessions. We’re happy if attendees are able to walk away with some new ideas and insights, or find a solution to a challenge they’re facing.”