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Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit

September 23-25, 2019
Aria Las Vegas

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Empowering the Digital Revolution 

A new blueprint for success in the digital age is emerging. The same technical foundations that have propelled technology companies to become the most valuable corporations in the world are making their way into other types of organizations – even ones that didn’t previously think of themselves as technology-centric. As formerly physical assets become digital and as pricing moves from one-off transactions to subscriptions, major shifts occur not only to those assets, but also to the business models of those providing them. Economies once dominated by manufacturing have become centered on services.

Of course, every organization will be affected by these shifts at different rates, and as a result, every business’s digital transformation ‘journey’ will be unique; it will greatly depend, among other things, on an individual firm’s size, age, skill set, legacy and target market. The constraints, expectations and opportunities open to a startup or hyperscale cloud provider are radically different from those of a 40-year-old ISV, infrastructure specialist or IT services company.

Regardless of where they came from, or how long they have been around, all organizations will succeed or fail based on their ability to embrace change in an era of unprecedented IT innovation, and service providers will play a critical role in easing that transition. Right now, that innovation agenda is dominated by technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML); the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing; and DevOps and containers, but this will continue to evolve over time.

For digital transformation to truly meet its potential, infrastructure needs to become invisible, with service providers – both inside and outside the IT organization - competing on their ability to deliver an ‘invisible experience’ that focuses on delivering outcomes and service levels across a range of off-premises and on-premises resources. The 2019 Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) will focus on how service providers can increasingly deliver that invisible experience and empower the digital revolution.



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.

2018 Agenda

2019 Agenda Coming Soon!


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 24, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Reception
September 25, 2018
7:30am - 9:00am
Registration & Breakfast
7:30am - 8:30am
Tech M&A Breakfast
Brenon Daly Research Director - Financial Markets, 451 Research
Chris Moon Managing Director, ING
9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome Address
Martin McCarthy Chairman & CEO - The 451 Group
9:15am - 10:00am
Building Partnerships with Hyperscalers
Al Sadowski Research Vice President - Voice of the Service Provider, 451 Research
Kelly Hartman Global Head - AWS Partner Network, AWS
Daijiang (Da) Han Head of Global Strategic Alliances, Alibaba Cloud
Mark Rice General Manager - Services Partners, Microsoft
10:00am - 10:45am
Leveraging Digital Transformation for Success
Brett Azuma Chief Research Officer, 451 Research
Simon Robinson Senior Vice President - Research, 451 Research
10:45am - 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am - 11:30am
Reimagining the Service Provider Market with Blockchain
Mathews Thomas Lead Executive Architect, IBM
11:30am - 12:00pm
State of the Datacenter Market from the Core to the Edge
Peter Hopper CEO, DH Capital
Lance Crosby CEO, StackPath
Steve Smith Managing Director, GI Partners
Gary Wojtaszek CEO, CyrusOne
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:05pm - 2:10pm
Beyond Cloud: Service Provider Opportunity in the Continuing Evolution of Enterprise IT
Melanie Posey Research Vice President - Voice of the Enterprise, 451 Research
Manoj Nair Chief Product Officer, Hypergrid
Ajay Garg Director of Global Business Development - Datacenter Solutions, Intel
1:05pm - 2:10pm
Critical Infrastructure from the Core to the Edge
Jeffrey Fidacaro Senior Analyst - Datacenters & Critical Infrastructure, 451 Research
Terence Deneny Vice President, Structure Tone
Bob Woolley Vice President - Critical Facilities Engineering & Design, RagingWire
Joe Reele Vice President - Solution Architects, Schneider Electric
2:10pm - 3:15pm
Single Pane of Glass or Glass of Pain
William Fellows Research Vice President - Cloud, 451 Research
Rami Jebara CTO, Tuangru
Eyal David CTO, Kaminario
Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps Vice President, Service Providers & Cloud28+ Worldwide, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
2:10pm - 3:15pm
The AI and Machine Learning Opportunity
Matt Aslett Research Vice President - Data, Analytics & AI, 451 Research
Sumit Gupta Vice President - AI, Machine Learning & HPC, IBM
Donough Roche COO, Infomart Data Centers
Rhonda Ascierto Research Vice President, Uptime Institute Research
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Networking Break
3:45pm - 4:15pm
Who's Buying Now? Acquisition and Funding Trends in Datacenters and Managed Services
Kelly Morgan Research Vice President - Infrastructure, 451 Research
Horace Zona, Managing Director & Group Head of TMT, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
James Henry Senior Managing Director, Bank Street
Fredric Rosenberg Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Securities
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Why Service Providers are Moving Up the Security Stack
Aaron Sherrill Senior Analyst - Managed Security Services, 451 Research
Sean Newman Director of Product Management, Corero Network Security
Ari Hakala Senior Director - Business Development, Gemalto
Sean Blenkhorn Vice President - Solutions Engineering & Advisory Services, eSentire
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Fireside Chat: The IoT Opportunity
Christian Renaud Research Vice President - Internet of Things, 451 Research
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Networking Reception
September 26, 2018
8:00am - 9:00am
Registration & Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am
Winning the Cloud Journey
Owen Rogers Research Director - Digital Economics, 451 Research
Frank Zhou Chief Technology Officer, Huawei
Jai Menon Chief Scientist, Cloudistics
10:00am - 10:15am
Networking Break
10:15am - 11:00am
Opening the Closed Loop: Increasing Diversity in Cloud
Kelly Morgan Research Vice President - Infrastructure, 451 Research
Melanie Posey Research Vice President - Voice of the Enterprise, 451 Research
Chaitra Vedullapalli Chief Marketing Officer, Meylah & Co-Founder, Women in Cloud
Kanan Joshi Executive Director - Head of Telecom Infrastructure, Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners
Carrie Francey Co-Founder, Women in Cloud & Area Vice President of Sales, Information Builders
11:00am - 11:30am
The Road Ahead: Closing Thoughts with 451 Analysts
Brett Azuma Chief Research Officer, 451 Research
11:30am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Analyst 1:1 Meetings

2019 Speakers

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    Melanie Posey

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

    Aslett Matt BW

    Matt Aslett

    Research Director, Data Platforms & Analytics at 451 Research


    Simon Robinson

    Senior Vice President, Research at 451 Research

  • Azuma Brett BW 2018 20

    Brett Azuma

    Chief Research Officer at 451 Research


    Owen Rogers

    Research Director, Digital Economics at 451 Research


    Aaron Sherrill

    Senior Analyst, Managed Services at 451 Research

  • Sadowski-150-x-200

    Al Sadowski

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


    Christian Renaud

    Research Director, Internet of Things at 451 Research


    Kelly Morgan

    Research Vice President, Infrastructure at 451 Research

  • Eagle Liam BW

    Liam Eagle

    Research Manager, Voice of the Enterprise at 451 Research

  • Daly Brenon

    Brenon Daly

    Research Director, Financial Markets at 451 Research

    McCarthy Martin

    Martin McCarthy

    Chairmain & CEO of The 451 Group

    Partridge Brian BW

    Brian Partridge

    Research Vice President, Applied Infrastructure & DevOps at 451 Research

  • Poon Agatha 2016 BW

    Agatha Poon

    Research Director, Asia-Pacific Services at 451 Research

    Williams Stefanie 2017 BW

    Stefanie Williams

    Analyst, Multi-Tenant Datacenters at 451 Research

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    Craig Matsumoto

    Senior Analyst, Managed Services at 451 Research

  • Perry Christian BW

    Christian Perry

    Research Manager, Voice of the Enterprise: Infrastructure at 451 Research


    Eric Hanselman

    Chief Analyst at 451 Research

2019 Sponsors

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.

Sponsors of HCTS are considered the leading players in their specialist areas and have a high-value opportunity to engage an elite group of industry decision-makers utilizing a number of platforms.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 event, please contact



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