Some of the things hosting, cloud and service providers have had to deal with so far in 2015 are like IPv4 depletion: we’ll talk about it at HostingCon Global 2015, but it’s done. Most of the really big topics in the industry, however, will be affecting business decisions and profits for the rest of the year and into the future.
Internet governance is always a big deal, but new top level domain names, net neutrality and the new international balance of the web are among the factors that make 2015 a particularly crucial year for the future of hosting companies, as i2C chairman and co-founder Christian Dawson and ICANN VP of business engagement Christopher Mondini will discuss on Monday morning at HostingCon.
If the internet is looked after properly, it will continue to generate profits. 2015 has shown the growth and profit potential. Internap reported a big earnings jump for 2014 in February, as the popularity of hybrid services continues to grow. GoDaddy had one of the most lucrative hosting IPO’s in history in April. The small and medium sized providers who may be the next industry giants already know and have some of what they need.
This year truly connecting with SMB customers will drive growth for many hosting companies. This is the topic of Monday afternoon session “The Gateway Drug to Get Customers to Buy More and Stay Happy” with Yola CEO Trevor Harris-Jones and Elisabeth Kurek, Global Audience Marketing manager for the hosting sector at Odin. SiteWit co-founder Ricardo Lasa will moderate a panel discussion on “Add on Offerings for Hosts to Increase Revenue and Profit” on Wednesday afternoon.
Law enforcement requests have put hosts in difficult situations and spurred many service providers to issue transparency reports. While this issue will be touched on in several education sessions, The Road Map to Internet Privacy, as discussed on Tuesday morning, will discuss how to deal with requests and also how to restore customer faith in the Internet.
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