HostingCon 2009 is packed with exceptional keynote presentations spanning topics from cloud computing and virtualization to search engine optimization and professional development. The keynote topics were selected to help web hosts identify strategies to answer critical business questions necessary to compete and thrive in a changing environment. Three particular keynotes focus on market opportunities, competitive challenges, and government policy.

On Monday, August 10th, the opening keynote is Parallels CEO, Serguei Beloussov. He will deliver a presentation that enables attendees to learn first-hand how to leverage cloud computing and evaluate everything from automation to virtualization solutions. If you attended HostingCon 2008, you know that Serquei has a unique ability to break down the competitive environment in a way that shakes out opportunities. For this keynote, he will help hosting services providers identify a unique opportunity to offer their SMB customers applications via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS.)

Following Serquei on Monday afternoon is Iain Grant, Managing Director of Sea Board Group. In this keynote, Iain will review the current business environment, the demands customers are placing on hosting companies, the opportunities hosting companies face and the choices that hosting companies have to make. These choices include building, co-locating and buying services from others. Iain will review the merits of each option, and the limitations, within the constraints of the current changing environment.

On Wednesday morning, August 12th, Frank Schmiedel from the Delegation of the European Commission, David Ritchie from the U.S. Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce and Larry Donahue from Deep Web Technologies are presenting an appropriate subject for a conference in Washington D.C. More importantly, their subject matter is a “need to know” for all web hosts serving customers in the U.S. and/or European Union. Their keynote presentation is titled, “Data Protection Policies in US and EU.” In this keynote panel, David, Frank and Larry will provide you with details on all aspects of data protection laws for both US and EU. Now more than ever, you need to protect your customers’ data by implementing processes today. You’ll learn how to implement processes effectively while improving the value of your services. Plus you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions based on your current data protection environment.

HostingCon is being held August 10 – 12, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, in National Harbor, MD (just miles outside Washington D.C.) With more than 50 educational sessions and over 100 exhibitors, HostingCon 2009 is the place to learn, network and grow in a changing environment. Don’t miss the enthusiasm and opportunities to take your hosted services business to the next level.

Register today here: https://www.hostingcon.com/2009/attend/register/.