Web Hosting Show and Conference News - Hosting Con 2006
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If you live in the United States, you might be more interested in a web hosting event that’s a little closer to home. In that case, mark your calendar for Monday, July 17, through Wednesday, July 19, and plan to be in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specifically, you’ll want to go to the Mirage Hotel and Casino for HostingCon 2006 (http://www.hostingcon.com/2006/). The event’s press release bills it as “the year’s major event for the web hosting industry.” It would, of course, but if you check out the website, you’ll see some ammunition to back up that statement.
First, there’s the exhibition hall. There are solid commitments from 45 vendors, including BusinessWire, Microsoft, Liquid Web, SWsoft, Tucows, and many others. If you should find yourself in this exhibition hall unable to spot anything interesting and educational, you’re clearly not trying hard enough.
Then there are the conference sessions. An early one on Monday about mergers and acquisitions in the web hosting industry is sure to be of interest. A session later that day sizes up the competition in the hosting market, and includes a discussion of growth trends and challenges. Want to know best practices for acquiring web hosting customers? That’s covered in another session. And those are all just the first day!
On the second day you can learn about disaster recovery, search engine optimized press releases for marketing your business, and more. Wednesday’s sessions are not complete, but include such topics as “What the Other Analysts Won’t Tell You About the Hosting Industry” by Andrew Schroepfer, president of Tier1 Research; “Windows Server 2003 for Shared Web Hosting;” and “Going beyond VoIP to Enhance the End User Experience.” Once again, you’ll wish you were three or four people just so you can attend all the sessions—I’ve barely scratched the surface of what will be covered, and as you would expect, many of the sessions run concurrently.
With all that going on, I barely have room to tell you about the special events. There will be networking sessions and after hours parties, of course. On the last day, there will be a Hosting for Hope Charity Poker Tournament, sponsored by Interjuncture. The proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. First place prize is a $10,000 buy-in to the World Series of Poker Main Event.
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