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Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit

October 6th - 22nd, 2020
A virtual experience

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Delivering Outcomes Using Cloud: Better, Faster, More Valuable

In a world where disruption has become the rule rather than the exception, innovation and resiliency are the keys to survival. The accelerated pace of digital transformation is forcing organizations to move even faster toward new ways of doing business, thus increasing their reliance on technology as the raw material of this transformation. The changing nature and velocity of businesses continue to elevate the importance of agile IT infrastructure, data and analytics, distributed edge computing, cybersecurity and customer experience. In the digital economy, technology fuels the platforms that give organizations the freedom to fail fast and the scale to succeed fast. During HCTS 2020, by necessity a virtual event, attendees will get insight, analysis and actionable advice in multiple technology sectors from thought leaders across 451 Research.



Connect with like minded senior decision-makers responsible for developing and implementing hosting, cloud computing, datacenter, and internet infrastructure strategies.



Receive timely insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation and offer practical guidance on designing and implementing effective IT strategies.



Explore the latest technologies and gain efficient, time-saving access to solution providers in an innovation showcase designed for you.

2019 Agenda


HCTS is the premier forum for executives in the hosting, cloud, datacenter and managed services sectors. The agenda is carefully crafted by 451 Research analysts and industry experts to provide timely, actionable insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation.


In addition to analyst and executive sessions, the three-day schedule includes a plethora of networking opportunities that will maximize your time spent in Las Vegas and foster the industry-changing relationships HCTS is known for igniting.


September 23, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Reception
Exhibitor Hall - Primrose
Cocktails & Networking
September 24, 2019
7:30am - 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast
7:30am - 8:30am
Tech M&A Breakfast
Brenon Daly Research Vice President, Financials at 451 Research
Chris Moon Managing Director, Telecom and Technology Banking at ING
Orovada - Breakout Room 1
Using up-to-date data from the 451 Research M&A KnowledgeBase, the session will break down some of the year's key M&A trends, discuss implications for the technology sector in general and dive more specifically into trends for the hosting and cloud segments.
8:30am - 9:00am
Welcome Address
Martin McCarthy Chairman & CEO - The 451 Group
Mariposa - General Session
9:00am - 9:30am
451 Research Keynote Session
Brett Azuma Chief Research Officer - 451 Research
Mariposa - General Session
Description coming soon.
9:30am - 10:00am
The Future of Workspace for Service Providers
Mike Fouts Vice President, Cloud Service Provider and ISV Sales - Citrix
Mariposa - General Session
Description coming soon.
10:00am - 10:30am
Coffee & Executive Networking
Primrose - Exhibit Hall
10:30am - 11:00am
Dr. Owen Rogers Research VP, Cloud Transformation - 451 Research
Melanie Posey Research VP and General Manager, Voice of the Enterprise - 451 Research
Mariposa - General Session
Multicloud/hybrid IT environments are the new reality of the digital era, and there is a massive vendor landgrab underway as enterprises determine the “right mix” of IT environments for their applications. This demand for more venues and the release of new, innovative cloud services is increasing IT complexity, driving enterprise use of cloud-native frameworks, tools and services. The objective is digital transformation, and the aim is to harness complexity so enterprises gain a competitive edge through their applications, without letting the vast range of options becoming entangled and impossible to manage – just as bees effectively manage complexity within a hive. But does the emergence and management of this complexity bring evolution or revolution to enterprise IT?
11:00am - 11:30am
Transformation to Azure Service Provider: A Business Leader's Perspective
Harish Iyer Managing Director, Partner Datacenter Transformation - Microsoft Azure
Mariposa - General Session
Services Provider partners play a pivotal role in customers digital transformation and developing a strong cloud MSP practice is critical to success in owning the customer engagement lifecycle over the longer term. But for many partners this means embarking or accelerating on their own transformative journey. In this session Harish Iyer, the global lead for Microsoft’s Partner Datacenter Transformation for One Commercial Partner group will share his thoughts and insights based on engaging with over 300 services providers, Telcos and outsourcers from around the globe.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Market Update with DH Capital
Peter Hopper CEO & Co-Founder - DH Capital
Mariposa - General Session
Description coming soon.
12:00pm - 1:10pm
Lunch & Executive Networking
Mariposa - General Session
1:15pm - 2:20pm
Building the Cloud of Trust
Aaron Sherrill Senior Analyst - 451 Research
Chris Gesell Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer - eSentire
Chen Arbel Vice President of Business Development - Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing
Russ Spitler AVP of Products - AT&T Cybersecurity
Orovada - Breakout Room 1
Often taken for granted, trust plays an important role in the relationships between enterprises and cloud and security service providers. And although most organizations plan to consume an increasing volume of cloud and security services, trust remains a critical aspect for these deployments to be successful. But trust is complicated - it is difficult to define, hard to gain, and easy to lose. For some enterprises, it is all about a lack of trust in cloud and security services, but for others, the problem is an abundance of misplaced trust in service providers or in their own cloud and security teams. In this session, we will explore the past and how it affects trust in today’s world, how cloud and security service providers are building trust with their customers, and how organizations are adapting to these disruptive business models.
1:15pm - 2:20pm
Building the Datacenter Fabric - Networking Opportunities in the Datacenter World
Craig Matsumoto Senior Analyst - 451 Research
Michael Segal Area Vice President of Strategic Alliances - NETSCOUT
Steve Fingerhut President & Chief Business Officer - Pliops
TJ Karklins EVP of Operations and Service Provider Strategy - Stateless
Bill Long VP, Interconnection Services - Equinix
Orovada Breakout Room 2
Network interconnection has long lingered on the edges of consideration in application design and deployment, but enterprises and service providers continue to ignore it at their peril. If you expect to use a cloud or SaaS service and want to remain competitive, you’d better be sorting out interconnection capabilities. As with any network service, there are penalties for going too big or staying too small. Unlike traditional services, modern interconnection can break the tight links between distance, capacity and cost. We’ll look at what’s changing with different cloud access types, facilities options and expectations about transition and transformation in application needs. This session will dig into interconnection considerations and outcomes by exploring:
  • • Does where you’re going determine how you’ll get back?
  • • Five interconnection mistakes that you can’t afford to make.
  • • Microservices and DevOps – do you really need to go there?
2:20pm - 3:00pm
Datacenter Networking Revolution: From Multi-Cloud to Distributed Cloud and Edge
Brian Partridge Research Vice President, Applied Infrastructure - 451 Research
Jay Gill Senior Director of Marketing - Pluribus
Jim Poole Vice President, Business Development - Equinix
Henrik Scheving Partner, Digital Operations - Nokia Bell Labs Consulting
Tony Bishop SVP of Platform and Ecosystem Strategy - Digital Realty
Orovada Breakout Room 2
Software-defined networking with intelligent automation is already revolutionizing the delivery of private cloud and multi-cloud services with dramatic improvements in agility and operational efficiency. As clouds become increasingly distributed, edge computing drives deeper into the network and applications become ever more dynamic, the demands on datacenter networks continue to grow. This session examines the emerging requirements for datacenter networks and the innovations needed to meet them, from open networking and next-generation SDN with deep slicing to automation and machine learning.
2:20pm - 3:00pm
Secure Hybrid Cloud: The Next Chapter of the Cloud Journey
Bryan Foley Program Director, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services - IBM
Dr. Owen Rogers Research VP, Cloud Transformation - 451 Research
Orovada Breakout Room 1
In the age of digital transformation, there is mounting pressure for enterprises to adopt hybrid strategy and for service providers to deliver an integrated cloud experience. Deployment across both on and off premises is the new normal, which is easier said than done. It can be difficult to determine where and how workloads can best be deployed, to both maximize business outcomes, while keeping workloads secure and compliant. Join us for a conversation about the research surrounding secure hybrid cloud strategy and how to enable enterprises to get the most out of their IT investment while reducing the risk threshold.
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Coffee & Executive Networking
Primrose - Exhibit Hall
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Making Infrastructure Invisible - Simplifying the Jumble of Clouds, Containers and Venues
William Fellows Co-Founder & Research Vice President - 451 Research
Pete Chadwick Director, Product Management - SUSE
Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps VP, Service Providers and Cloud28+ - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Kurt Daniel CEO - Ubersmith
Orovada Breakout Room 1
The emergence of clouds, containers and microservices promises to dramatically simplify the deployment of applications and services. Enterprises have the potential to leverage the maximize the best execution venue and vehicle. This potential will only be realized if management and orchestration across these platforms is effectively done with transparency to assure end users that services will meet their performance standards. Infrastructure must become increasingly invisible, but invisibility is hard. Those vendors and service providers who master the art of invisibility will become the customer’s choice.
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Voice of the Service Provider: How do Service Providers Stack Up?
Al Sadowski Research Vice President - 451 Research
Doug Lieberman Global Solutions Director-Global Alliances, Dell Technologies
David Kosman Director, Worldwide Service Providers - Cohesity
Jeremy Pease COO - Aptum Technologies
Orovada Breakout Room 2
Service providers are no longer just purveyors of compute and storage; they are now seen as partners for services beyond basic infrastructure and key allies in hybrid architectures. If you are a service provider, how do you stack up to your peers in terms of enabling enterprise transformation? If you are a VC or a banker, are your service provider investments making the grade when it comes to their value proposition? We’ll analyze the current and future competitive landscape for service providers across the following categories:
  • • Differentiation strategies.
  • • Budgets and spending comparisons.
  • • Workloads and key projects.
The session will be followed by a panel discussion with the hardware and software vendors focused on enabling service providers with enterprise-facing products and services to discuss service provider best practices.
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Infrastructure M&A: Becoming Less Visible?
Kelly Morgan Research Vice President - 451 Research
James Henry Co-Founder and Managing Director - Bank Street
Frederic Rosenberg Managing Director - Deutsche Bank Securities
Horace Zona Managing Director - SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Orovada Breakout Room 1
With the rapid growth of cloud adoption, service providers and investors alike have looked at ways to participate in that growth (e.g., by investing in datacenters, interconnect platforms and a variety of service providers that offer cloud-related services). In this panel we will discuss how M&A has contributed to the growth of invisible infrastructure and what types of companies will continue to be targets of investment or M&A activity. Join our distinguished panel of finance experts as we discuss key questions such as: Who will continue to invest in these sectors? Are any types of infrastructure likely to become less visible/appealing to investors? Are networks and datacenters more or less sought after than services and software pro- viders? We will debate these and more as we explore trends impacting this dynamic sector.
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Automation Effectiveness - Are you Prepared to Compete for the Future?
Carl Lehmann Principal Analyst - 451 Research
John Peak CEO - ReactorWorks
Vijay Kurkal Chief Operating Officer - Resolve Systems
Gopal Sharma Co-Founder & CTO - Diamanti
Orovada Breakout Room 2
The need to quickly adapt to changing customer expectations and the actions of aggressive digital rivals demands a vigilant transformative approach. Business and IT leaders must pursue new means to align business strategy, processes and operations within the modern cloud era. But today, IT planners have far more options as to how and where to run their business than ever before. On-premises datacenters, colocation facilities and managed services providers are now joined by hybrid multi-clouds – a combination of software-, infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service execution venues. Hyper-distributed IT infrastructure is often the byproduct. It can have profound implications on how digital businesses perform and whether competitive advantage, or unintended disadvantage, is the result. This session will cover:
  • • The fundamental elements of strategic analysis and techniques needed to craft competitive advantage
  • • Trends driving digital business and the migration to next-generation hybrid IT architecture
  • • How hybrid IT architecture can be structured and managed to support strategic digital business initiatives
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Resiliency in the Age of Cloud: 99.99 Reasons to Worry
Andy Lawrence Executive Director of Research - Uptime Institute
Mariposa - General Session
In this presentation and panel discussion, Andy Lawrence, the Executive Director of Research for the Uptime Institute, will explore some of the issues and the claims around resiliency, availability and risk in complex, distributed, and cloudy environments. Drawing on recent examples and recent research, he will argue that many providers are now supporting services that are mission critical – even if they weren’t originally designed that way. This means they need to pay more attention to risks, blind spots and hidden vulnerabilities in the design and operation of their own digital infrastructure and that of their partners.
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception & Executive Networking
Primrose - Exhibit Hall
September 25, 2019
8:00am - 9:00am
Breakfast & Executive Networking
9:00am - 9:40am
Encouraging Gender Diversity and Parity in the Cloud
Penny Jones Research Director - 451 Research
Chaitra Vedullapalli CMO, Meylah & Co-Founder, Women in Cloud
Karen Fassio Director, Microsoft & Co-Founder - Women in Cloud
Melissa Strawn CEO & Founder -
Elya McCleave Founder & President, Elya McCleave Consulting and Founder & President, Innovorg
Natalie Corridan-Gregg Head of Global Business Development, Cloud Intelligence - AWS
Mariposa - General Session
There have never been more female entrepreneurs then there are today, and there have never been more female entrepreneurs in technology, representing opportunities for those developing and selling new tools and services. Yet hurdles around gender diversity and parity still exist. How can cloud and IT service providers and investment firms help to overcome these challenges, and encourage diversity across portfolios by promoting women in cloud. And what benefits can this diversity bring to the wider market?
9:40am - 10:20am
Global Provider Outlook
Dan Thompson Research Director, MTDC - 451 Research
Claudia Massey Vice President, Business Operations - Schneider Electric
Angie McMillin Vice President, Business Initiatives - Vertiv
Curtiz Gangi Vice President, US Channels, Datacenter Sales Segment - Eaton
Mariposa - General Session
Description coming soon.
10:20am - 11:00am
451 Analyst Roundtable
Mariposa - General Session
Description coming soon.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Coffee & Executive Networking
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Analyst 1:1 Meetings
Primrose Veranda
Attendee 1:1 meetings with 451 Research analysts.

2019 Speakers

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    Martin McCarthy

    Chairmain & CEO of The 451 Group

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    Doug Lieberman

    Global Solutions Director - Global Alliances, Dell Technologies

    Chris Moon Managing Director ING

    Chris Moon

    Managing Director at ING

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    Brett Azuma

    Chief Research Officer at 451 Research


    Dr. Owen Rogers

    Research Director, Digital Economics at 451 Research

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    Horace Zona

    Managing Director and Group Head of TMT at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

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    Al Sadowski

    Research Vice President, Voice of the Service Provider at 451 Research

    Peter Hopper CEO DH Capital

    Peter Hopper

    CEO & Co-Founder at DH Capital


    Kelly Morgan

    Research Vice President, Infrastructure at 451 Research

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    Brenon Daly

    Research Director, Financial Markets at 451 Research


    Melanie Posey

    Research Vice President & General Manager, Voice of the Enterprise at 451 Research

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    Brian Partridge

    Research Vice President, Applied Infrastructure & DevOps at 451 Research

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    Craig Matsumoto

    Senior Analyst, Managed Services at 451 Research

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    Fredric Rosenberg

    Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities

    James Henry Senior Managing Director Bank Street

    James Henry

    Senior Managing Director at Bank Street

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    Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps

    VP, Service Provider and Cloud28+ Worldwide at Hewlett Packard Enterprise


    Andy Lawrence

    Executive Director at Uptime Institute Research

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    Chaitra Vedullapalli

    CMO of Meylah & Co-Founder of Women in Cloud

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    Harish Iyer

    Managing Director, Partner Datacenter Transformation at Microsoft

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    TJ Karklins

    Executive Vice President of Operations and Service Provider Strategy at Stateless


    Dan Thompson

    Research Director, MTDC at 451 Research

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    Chen Arbel

    VP, Business Development Cloud Security at Thales

    Steve Fingerhut

    Steve Fingerhut

    President, Chief Business Officer at Pliops


    Russ Currie

    VP, Enterprise Strategy at NetScout

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    Jim Poole

    Vice President, Business Development at Equinix

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    Kurt Daniel

    CEO, Ubersmith


    John Peak

    CEO, ReactorWorks

  • Chris Gesell

    Chris Gesell

    Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer at eSentire

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    Claudia Massey

    Vice President, Business Operations for Cloud & Service Provider Segment at Schneider Electric

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    Bill Long

    VP, Interconnection Services at Equinix

  • Russ Spitler

    Russ Spitler

    AVP of Products at AT&T Cybersecurity

    Jay Gill

    Jay Gill

    Senior Director of Marketing at Pluribus Networks


    Vijay Kurkal

    Chief Operating Officer at Resolve

  • Pete Chadwick-SUSE

    Pete Chadwick

    Director, Product Management at SUSE


    Tom Barton

    CEO at Diamanti


    Tony Bishop

    SVP of Platform & Ecosystem Strategy at Digital Realty

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    Henrik Scheving

    Partner, Digital Operations at Nokia Bell Labs Consulting

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    Mike Fouts

    Vice President, Cloud Service Provider and ISV Sales, Citrix

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    Angie McMillin

    Vice President, Business Initiatives at Vertiv

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    Melissa Strawn

    CEO & Founder,

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    Jeremy Pease

    COO, Aptum

    Bryan Foley

    Bryan Foley

    Program Director, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services at IBM

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    Natalie Corridan-Gregg

    Head of Global Business Development, Cloud Intelligence at Amazon Web Services

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    David Kosman

    Director, Worldwide Service Providers at Cohesity

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    Karen Fassio

    Marketing Director at Microsoft & Co-Founder at Women in Cloud

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HCTS provides hosting, cloud computing, datacenter and Internet infrastructure industry decision makers with direct access to the leading technologies and services in the marketplace. Delegates gain insight into key issues in conference sessions and deep dives with 451 analysts in one-on-one meetings – they then use this learning for detailed conversations with sponsoring companies to discuss ways to work together.

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