The key theme at HostingCon 2014 this week was how the hosting industry is changing dramatically. One area of particular focus was whether or not the hosting industry is coming to an end and what happens then?
The panel discussion featuring Philbert Shih – Structure Research, Kenny Li – Cloud Spectator, Al Sadowski – 451 Research and Ashar Baig – GigaOM crystallized the conversations and sentiment heard in conversations throughout the conference:
Is the hosting industry coming to an end? Do hosters need to change and, if so, how?
In my opinion, the hosting industry isn’t coming to an end. Instead, it is forcing hosters and service providers to change. They need to adapt their approach to selling cloud services to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering specific value. They need to consider how they’ll position themselves as the value added service provider against giants like Amazon or Rackspace.
Many of the conversations that we heard focused on the idea of federation and the virtual service provider:
Flexiant are once again attending HostingCon 2014, one of the industries premier events for hosting and cloud providers. Our cloud experts will be there to demonstrate ways service providers can remain competitive and arm themselves with the right tools to compete in the cloud marketplace. Firstly, following our announcement this week, of the general availability of our Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Parallels Cloud Server solution, Tony Lucas will be attending to demonstrate the unique integration. Since announcing our integration plans with Parallels earlier in the year, we have had very positive feedback from service providers and hosters looking for the benefits of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator for IaaS orchestration whilst running it on PCS.
Monday marks the beginning of this year’s highly anticipated HostingCon in Austin Texas, and the Flexiant team are looking forward to networking with around 2000 members in the industry.
Our cloud experts will be on hand at stand 231 to showcase our innovations from the most recent release of Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator version 3.1. All of the recent improvements are focussed on offering more flexibility and extensibility for cloud services.
Tony Lucas, Founder and Product Champion, will give a presentation on the 17th June entitled Building Your Cloud Services Business Through Differentiation (3:15-4:00 pm). He will also participate in a panel on the 19th entitled How to Build a Cloud: Technologies, Pitfalls, and Challenges with other industry leaders and innovators (11:00 am -12:00 pm).