Web Hosting Show and Conference News - WebhostingDay 2006
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More than 500 attendees traveled to Germany around the end of March this year to check out WebHostingDay 2006 (http://www.webhostingday.de), the largest web hosting event in Europe. The one-day event attracted people from as far away as North America and China. Held in the Phantasia Land theme park just a few days before it opened for the season, WebHostingDay 2006 was organized by German web hosting provider Intergenia.
While the event’s presentations were mostly in German, a number of them were delivered in English, and many of the “main.FORUM” items were supplemented by English and German translations available via wireless headsets. These items were moderated by Prof. Dr. Jens Boecker of the University of Applied Sciences. Topics included “Internet Security for Hosting – technological, legal, and organizational challenges;” “Advantages of a Virtualized Infrastructure for Providers;” “Now is the time to add Windows to your web hosting;” and others (eight in all).
If that wasn’t enough, aside from the “main.FORUM” items, there were 12 “work.SHOP” sessions scheduled. Want to find out about high quality hardware to use for web hosting? You could have attended a session on this. Want to optimize your bandwidth costs? That was covered as well. Curious about voice over IP? There was a session about how VoIP could provide more revenue for web hosters. There were also sessions on payment processing and risk management, security (a session that included a hacking demonstration), using Linux, and other topics. The only problem with attending this well-organized event would have been choosing what to go to, because it looked as if three things at least were always going on at once!
If you grew weary of all the workshops, or your brain started to suffer from information overload, you could always check out the show floor. It was surprisingly limited (only 12 companies were listed as having booths on the website), but there were other diversions. The location of the event allowed fro some of the theme park’s rides to be opened for brief periods. Also, some of the presentations featured acrobatic performances at appropriate moments (no doubt made possible by Phantasia Land’s staff).
Intergenia CEO Thomas Strohe stated that he received nothing but positive feedback about the event, and is planning another event for 2007. At least one analyst who attended the event noticed that Intergenia itself spent most of WebhostingDay out of the spotlight, despite being the company that organized it. Strohe explained that he preferred to keep the event focused on the web hosting community.
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