There’s only one event that’s solely for the cloud and hosting community—HostingCon. The mission of this event series is to “provide essential industry knowledge and intelligence in an unbiased platform.” As the only event in North America just for this niche tech community, it’s no surprise that thousands of attendees flock to these shenanigans from around the world. The environment? Vendor neutral, which means there are no hard sales, pitches or the feeling that you’re walking through a minefield of snake oil salespeople. Speakers can’t pay to get on their platform, and each and every presenter is hand-selected because they’re an expert in their niche. In other words, the speakers are selected because they offer the best benefit to attendees.
The hot topics shift year to year, just like the industry topics are constantly evolving. It’s a prime place to learn and network with plenty of fun peppered in. The three-day conference can be attended as you see fit, but the vast majority of attendees opt for all three days. Everyone in the industry, from startups to international enterprises, have honed in on HostingCon as the must-be-at event of the year. Hosting providers, managed service providers, cloud providers and a variety of hardware/software company representatives can be found here.
Who to Send
If you and/or your business are in any way connected to hosting, this is the place to be July 27-29 in San Diego. Early bird registration is still available, which means $100 off if you sign up today on the HostingCon website. You’ll be joined by a plethora of web hosting/cloud provider attendees, which made up 39 percent of 2014’s attendees. Suppliers of hardware, software or services related to the hosting industry make up 20 percent of attendees. These industries are followed by data center/colocation service providers (14 percent), application service providers such as ASP (five percent), consultants serving the hosting industry (five percent), system integrators serving the hosting industry (two percent) and others—such as web hosting customers—make up 15 percent.
Anyone can attend, but most people are executive management (65 percent) and marketing/sales management (16 percent). You’ll also find technical/engineering managers (six percent), operations managers (two percent), consulting/investment managers (two percent), customer service managers (two percent) and financial managers (one percent). Most attendees attend HostingCon to find out more about things to “use in my company” (32 percent) or “for resale to other companies, including as a consultant or systems integrator” (13 percent). A whopping 36 percent are looking for uses “both in my company and for resale to other companies” while 19 percent are looking for “none” and may attend just for the goodies, knowledge and socializing.
Overall, 24 percent of attendees spend less than $100,000 per year on such products. However, 25 percent spend between $1 and $9.9 million while another 25 percent spend between $100,000 and $499,999. There’s another 15 percent that spend $10 million or more, while 11 percent spend between $500 and $999,000. No matter what your niche, how much you spend or who you send, HostingCon is one event that can’t be missed.
There’s a smorgasbord of sessions on deck, but some of the most enticing include sessions on “ask the experts,” technology, management, sales and marketing, interactive business connections and issues/trends. However, no matter what, there’s a strictly enforced “no pitching” rule that all speakers abide by. Register today and mark your calendar for July 27-29 at the San Diego Convention Center!