Arriving early to Las Vegas for WHD.usa 2017? Join us for a welcome reception at 8:00 pm Sunday night poolside at the Sky Beach Club. Raise a few drinks, network, discuss current topics, relax, and have fun with colleagues and new friends. The Come2Gather party is the perfect way to start WHD.usa 2017.
The Boulevard Business Run
Bring your running shoes and enjoy an early morning run along the historic Las Vegas Strip. Don’t worry about the route, the water, or anything. WHD will provide everything our guests need. Start the conference fully energized alongside other healthy cloud colleagues.
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Sharing is Caring: Understanding The GoDaddy Partner Ecosystem
As our industry continues to consolidate, understanding how to effectively partner with others is an increasingly sought after skill. Join GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving and a panel of guests as they work to define the principles that drive a vibrant and meaningful ecosystem, how partners win when customers win, and how to build new revenue opportunities and deepen brand loyalty within the context of a partnership model.
CEO at GoDaddy
Senior Vice President, Hosting at GoDaddy
Raghu MurthiSenior Vice President, HostingGoDaddy
Executive Director at OpenStack Foundation
Jonathan BryceExecutive Director OpenStack Foundation
Leverage Domain Names to Power your Hosting Sales
Scott Schnell from Verisign will describe the critical role domain names play in the buying process for hosting services and key considerations as to how best to integrate domains into your purchase flow.
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Channel Management at Verisign
Scott SchnellSenior Vice President of Global Marketing and Channel ManagementVerisign
Optimize CSP/MSP Business Performance with Innovative IBM Solutions
Clients are demanding that Cloud and Managed Service Providers deliver consistent performance while enabling them to meet changing market demands and executing their next generation business ideas. In this session, you will hear how IBM can help you to create loyal and profitable customers by delivering an agile and safe infrastructure. IBM's systems and solutions are enabling service providers to quickly deploy new services for their clients by supporting dynamic workloads, cognitive and cloud solutions while providing the peace of mind that comes with zero downtime, high performance at unrivaled scalability and unparalleled security.
Vice President - ISVs, CSPs and Embed Partnerships, Global Business Partnerships at IBM Global Markets, Global Business Partners
Dave MitchellVice President - ISVs, CSPs and Embed Partnerships, Global Business Partnerships IBM Global Markets, Global Business Partners
Ransomware and the new generation of data protection
Ransomware impacts every business – and the damage is only growing. Not only are machines and servers impacted but backups as well. You need to have a bullet proof data protection strategy to protect you and your business from today’s intelligent and pesky hackers. Attendees will learn how the next generation of backup can deliver the ultimate layer of protection needed to automatically attack, intercept and recover from a ransomware attack.
CRO at Acronis
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Nobody is a Programmer Anymore
It’s a beginner’s game again! CMS systems like Joomla are so easy to use, how do we build a value proposition? Building and running a website is no longer the dominion of the professional. How do you adapt your hosting approach when it’s no longer the technocrats who are buying but instead your neighbor? H ow will CMS systems , like Joomla , continue to adapt to that extremely broad client base? Joomla President Robert Jacobi will share exactly how, as he explains the future of Joomla, and the CMS environment. Bring your neighbor, bring your grandma! These days, the Internet is for all of us.
President at Joomla.org
Entering and Utilizing the 4th Stage of the Webhosting Industry
The hosting giants have reinforced their positions and strengthened their networks. GoDaddy’s acquisition of Host Europe expanded its reach to Europe, and now Warburg Pincus’ stake links 1&1’s network to US giant Endurance International. All the while, Wix.com keeps scooping up website customers and market capitalization.
The global players are advancing. What does that mean for the rest of the industry?
New business opportunities! We’re entering a new market phase. For SMEs, a website is a hub for digital business processes. Country- and industry-specific offerings are on the rise along with standardized services for successful digital strategies. The WAY and DIFM market exceeds that for DIY services, unlocking a wealth of opportunities for web hosters.
With 18 years of industry experience and 100+ partners, we will share strategies and insights from successful cases including Vodafone Germany.
CEO at CM4all
Cyber Security Meets Cyber Insurance
The integration of cyber security technology with cyber insurance opens the door for hosting companies to capture a new revenue opportunity by answering the pressing needs of SMBs. Your customers are looking for a place to turn to reduce their cyber risk, prevent website attacks, and transfer the residual risk to a third party. Web hosting companies need new turn-key solutions that serve as a notable competitive differentiator, are low risk, and operate via an easy, plug-and-play partnership model. This session will highlight how the marriage of cyber security and cyber insurance can answer these needs and result in potentially millions of dollars of new revenue for your company.
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at GamaSec
Robert ZimmerVice President, Strategy & Business DevelopmentGamaSec
“The Power of Parental Leave: The GoDaddy Story” - Sponsored by the i2 Coalition Gender Diversity & Equity Initiative
Many tech companies today are talking about parental leave, but what impact does this have on your bottom line? In this session, we will outline the business importance of parental leave, sharing GoDaddy’s case study of going from offering just the basics for new moms to offering a highly competitive parental leave policy. Katee will share how GoDaddy got here, the benchmarking they did (and continue to do) to stay competitive, and the extras that make this special time for their employees easier, and the impact that it had on their business.
VP of Global Engagement & Inclusion at GoDaddy
Katee Van HornVP of Global Engagement & InclusionGoDaddy
A world class showcase of the best cloud services, infrastructure, and hosting providers in the industry, the WHD.usa hosting.FAIR encompasses 60+ disruptors, innovators, and leading exhibitors. Walk through the limitless opportunities and meet our sponsors who are changing the world everyday with breakthrough products, services, and relentless entrepreneurial drive.
ConneXion Party with Lords of Uptime and Special Guests
Our famous ConneXion Party at WHD.global is the talk of the industry and this year WHD is featuring the North American premiere for the Lords of Uptime—a group of top cloud and web hosting executives from across the industry. Join friends, colleagues, and industry insiders for our famous ConneXion Party at 8:00 pm Monday night in the Tropicana Las Vegas Havana Room™.
Welcome speech; What Do You Meme? Godwin’s Law vs. The Streisand Effect
Mike Godwin, immortalized by Godwin’s Law, goes head-to-head with TechDirt’s Mike Masnick, who coined The Streisand Effect, on the future of discourse. Has the Internet forever changed the way we communicate, and if so, is it for better? Are these tools we provide to the world coarsening the way we communicate? What can be done to fix it? i2Coaliton Executive Director Christian Dawson will officiate this spirited fireside chat.
CEO/ Founder at Techdirt
Mike MasnickCEO/ FounderTechdirt
Senior Fellow at R Street Institute
Mike GodwinSenior FellowR Street Institute
Blockchain Will Fix It!
IoT will change everything! Blockchain will change everything! AI will change everything! VR will change everything! Exhausted yet? The real question is: Are we over-promising our future, and will any of this matter in a few years? Futurist Ian Khan will tell us, and help us sort fad from future. Join us and get past the hype, as we focus on what the internet infrastructure community needs to know about all this future-tech, buzzword soup.
Author and Technology Futurist
Ian KhanAuthor and Technology Futurist
The Cloud is the future. But what is the future of cloud?
The term “cloud” covers a broad scope of technology, innovation, and business cases. How do we look at this evolving industry and define the path it will take in the coming years? What will your business look like? How do you make the key decisions to grow? Join Laurent Allard—Vice Chairman, Executive Board Member, and head of Strategic Development for OVH—as he tackles the tough questions surrounding the state of the cloud by understanding current users, their needs, their challenges, and their impact on the future.
Vice Chairman, Executive Board Member, head of Strategic Development at OVH
Laurent AllardVice Chairman, Executive Board Member, head of Strategic Development OVH
Win by delivering rapid ecommerce success
Ecommerce sales continue to rise at double digit rates, and will exceed €350bn in US alone in 2017. The market for SMB ecommerce solutions is not confined to start-ups and online pure-players – existing businesses are increasingly under pressure to optimize and evolve with transactional websites, in order to remain relevant. We highlight why ecommerce delivery is, more than ever, an important strategic move for web hosts, with greatest rewards for those who expand beyond simple website plug-ins, or simply hosting Open Source solutions. This session will explore how providers can best deliver rapid ecommerce success, and win revenues and impacts that drive forward their entire SMB value proposition.
Director, North America at ePages
Joachim AntonsenDirector, North AmericaePages
Bridging the Divide Between Human Behavior and Cybersecurity
In this talk, we'll explore the various challenges website owners face when it comes to understanding and employing cybersecurity for their brands. It will share lessons learned from selling direct to website owners for the better part of 7 years and building the most recognized small business cybersecurity unit - Sucuri. It will also talk about the overarching responsibility we have as hosts to ensure that we leave the internet a better place than we find it, and how cybersecurity plays a role in that world.
VP of Product Management for Godaddy's security products at Sucuri
Tony PerezVP of Product Management for Godaddy's security products Sucuri
Stuck in the middle with you
Internet providers are middle men, which is a problem, as not all of our clients are law-abiding. There are people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. 'They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists . And some, we assume, are good people.' Many think it’s time to blame the middle man for the actions of these clients. Mike Masnick, CEO and Founder of TechDirt, joins us to introduce a groundbreaking new study about the role of the internet middle man, with some conclusions that will shock you.
CEO/ Founder at Techdirt
Mike MasnickCEO/ FounderTechdirt
Know Your Role, with the Cloud Factbook
Harness the power of industry data. Introducing the Cloud Factbook, in partnership with WHD. Finally, a resource that gives you real insights into the popularity of the hosting and domain industry around the world. In an industry driven primarily by qualitative insights, this incredible resource of real quantitative data is a revelation. Join us as this vital resource is introduced, and we walk the industry through the key numbers it needs to know in order to make the right business decisions for the future.
CEO at dataprovider
Manage Your Business Like You Do Your Network
Harness the power of your company's data. You use data to run your network, and balance your products. You know exactly how much RAM, CPU, storage space and network resources each customer uses. You can have that kind of granular data for the rest of your business. It is the most powerful tool you can use. Learn how to build a strategy to effectively use both internal company data and competitive market data to drive all business decisions and stop making gut reactions. We'll walk participants through assigning value to specific business data points, building their data story, creating compelling dashboards and visualizations, and building the internal processes needed to leverage all of this knowledge.
Co-Founder at Open-i Advisors
Christian DawsonCo-FounderOpen-i Advisors
Measuring Success: Using Data to Build at Cloud Scale
Having great data about your business has always been essential for success. And the cloud age has brought businesses unprecedented data access and tools. Lance Crosby, StackPath founder and CEO, will share how having a fully automated platform that tracked and provided full access to all facets of the company enabled the success of his earlier venture Softlayer (sold to IBM for $2.1B) and how StackPath is using a data-first strategy to build and scale a platform of secure services at the cloud's edge.
Founder & CEO at StackPath
Lance CrosbyFounder & CEOStackPath
2017 Will Be The Year of Speed
No matter how beautiful or user-friendly a website maly be, it is still only useful to your SMB client if their customers can find and engage with it. And one of the single most important factors in determining whether or not this happens is the amount of time it takes the site to load. Itai Sadan, Cofounder & CEO of the responsive website builder Duda, will discuss: Why PageSpeed is such a big deal in 2017; What the industry is doing to address the need for better load times; and How Duda aced Google’s PageSpeed test and enabled users to create websites that load at breakneck speed.
Cofounder & CEO at Duda
Itai SadanCofounder & CEODuda
Email - Not Quite Dead Yet
Despite being presumed dead, the humble email address continues to be the only dependable way of reaching every internet user. In this engaging talk, MailChannels founder and CEO, Ken Simpson, will expose how thoroughly the internet remains addicted to email, and why email still matters to hosting providers more than they might realize.
CEO and Founder at MailChannels
Ken SimpsonCEO and FounderMailChannels
Wix, Weebly & Squarespace hegemony is coming. Can WordPress be the savior?
Small business money is shifting from traditional web hosting companies to cloud services: Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace. Great user experience and zero website maintenance make them an obvious choice over any independent website host.
This presentation will provide insights on:
- The reasons behind Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace success
- How to overturn this trend
- Ways WordPress can be an answer to that threat
CEO at Perfect Dashboard
Aleksander KuczekCEOPerfect Dashboard
Panel on Net Neutrality: War for the last mile
The internet will be forever changed if the last-mile cable providers are allowed to pick the winners and the losers. Will the hosting industry end up being the biggest loser of all? This year has already marked the biggest fight for net neutrality that we have ever seen. How bad is it going to get? What can we do about it? Net neutrality expert Mike Godwin will moderate an expert panel featuring top hosting executives to explain the impact you can expect for your business.
Senior Fellow at R Street Institute
Mike GodwinSenior FellowR Street Institute
CEO at Hostway
SVP, Product & Technology at DreamHost
Jonathan LaCourSVP, Product & TechnologyDreamHost
Public Policy at Cloudflare
Michael R. NelsonPublic Policy Cloudflare
FabriqueC - The Cloud Film Festival
Now launching the world premiere of FabriqueC—the world’s newest high-tech film festival!
With FabriqueC—the Cloud Film Festival—we are crossing borders and bringing the Cloud Services and Domain industries together with the Entertainment industry. Join us to preview the hottest upcoming technology documentaries and support independent filmmakers who are explaining our industry in uniquely creative ways.
“We want to support movies, that we can watch with our mother-in-law and she understands what we are doing for a living.”
— Soeren von Varchmin – President WorldHostingDays
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
IBM Systems - Deliver Exponential Outcomes for Your Clients
IBM Power Systems - built with open innovations - IBM Storage, and IBM Software Defined solutions deliver agility, performance and efficiency to deliver exponential outcomes for today’s most demanding clients and their applications. Join us to here the success stories and outcomes that IBM has delivered to clients and that you can deliver to your clients. You powered by data, knowledge, insight. That's you to the power of IBM
Business Development Executive - Service Providers Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure at IBM Systems
Reed MeseckBusiness Development Executive - Service Providers Storage and Software Defined InfrastructureIBM Systems
SiteLock + Patchman: How This Combination Helps Secure Your Customers and Grow Your Business
SiteLock and Patchman will talk about how our newly combined products will create a more secure and user-friendly environment for you and your customers. In this session, you'll learn how to save money on operations and generate powerful new revenue streams.
Channel Development Executive at SiteLock
Aaron HarveyChannel Development ExecutiveSiteLock
Make money with back up and disaster recovery while protecting you AND your infrastructure
Learn how easy it is to add backup, disaster recovery, and data protection services to your existing infrastructure and significantly increase your annual revenue per user. All while keeping threats like ransomware at bay. Managed service providers, hosters, telcos, and cloud resellers are well positioned to take advantage of this great market opportunity to differentiate themselves and deliver easy, complete, and affordable data protection services that are unmatched in the industry.
Senior Director, Americas Cloud Sales at Acronis
Greg HowardSenior Director, Americas Cloud SalesAcronis
Evolution of DDoS Protection, and the Modern Opportunity
CEO at Corero
Everything you wanted to know about BoldGrid* (*But were afraid to ask.)
In the Web Design World, the creatives are starting to get the upper hand. Many online Content Management Systems are making the ability to create webpages easier than ever. And without any programming knowledge! One of those systems is BoldGrid, an online page building system for WordPress. BoldGrid allows you to produce beautiful and effective web page layouts without any knowledge of programming. Will also highlight the more advanced features for experienced WordPress users. Learn about the Site Builder solution that is open source and operating on both Plesk and Softaculous. (And also help reduce your attrition rate)
Product Evangelist at BoldGrid
Mike DemoProduct Evangelist BoldGrid
Managing Product Specializations to Improve ARPU and Churn Rates
The ease of switching online service providers has never been faster or easier. With a few clicks of a button SMBs can take their business elsewhere, treating monthly subscriptions like trial services with little risk. How can we combat this? How can we keep these hard earned customers at bay? The importance of a comprehensive online approach is becoming more and more relevant as we see customer demands and mobility continue to grow. Enhance your portfolio and consolidate scattered services to help your SMB clients manage their business online.
Learn more about product specialization and how WebsPlanet sees the need for a more integrated strategy for expanded offerings in the marketplace.
Sales Director, North & South America at WebsPlanet
Peter EdquistSales Director, North & South AmericaWebsPlanet
WEBHOSTS AND MSP/RESELLER VERTICALS: DIFFERENT MARKETS, SIMILAR CHALLENGES
Despite an anticipated merge of the two industries in the last years, the two markets still remain differentiated, however face similar challenges in the SMB customer approach. This presentation will provide insights on the trends in the market and how to drive long-term scalable growth for both MSPs and webhosts.
Business Development Manager at SpamExperts
Ivan MudryyBusiness Development ManagerSpamExperts
Luxembourg: The digital fortress in Europe
Known as the digital fortress in Europe, Luxembourg ranks 1st in the world for technological readiness (Source: World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2015) First-class infrastructure and networks in the heart of Europe, backed by a business friendly legal framework and a culture of trust and security, make Luxembourg the gateway to serve the European market. Leading stars of the IT sector - Amazon, PayPal, eBay, iTunes, Valve, Rakuten, Skype, Vodafone, MEGA, Microsoft and many others - have chosen the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to access worldwide markets. Uncontestable leader in integrated Data Center, Cloud and Managed Services, EBRC can help you launch or boost your business in this stable international-minded country, with top GDP Performance and AAA rating.
International Business Development Manager at EBRC
Jerry ProbstInternational Business Development ManagerEBRC
Selling Premium Domain Names - the easy extra profit for your daily business
VP Business Development at Sedo
Brad LemireVP Business DevelopmentSedo
How to Increase Revenue and Reduce Costs with a Cloud Based DNS Service
As a registrar or web hosting company, your core business is to provide domain names and web services for your customers. Domain Name System (DNS) is an important part of your overall portfolio. If the DNS goes down, so could sales. It’s that simple!
Join Terry Bernstein, Director, Product Management, Verisign as he discusses how to leverage a cloud-based DNS service to increase revenue, and maximize DNS availability, by improving Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) resiliency without additional CAPEX costs. Terry will also discuss how a registrar leveraged the proven experience and expertise of Verisign Managed DNS service to increase security, improve uptime for their customers and boost their overall bottom line.
Director at Verisign
CUSTOMER SUCCESS The secret power behind your ARPU
Mass market hosting is changing. The golden era of growth has ended. In 2017, your hosting business’s success is no longer guaranteed by overall market swell. Creating growth means increasing your ARPU by professionalising upselling and developing your exiting customers. At the same time, it means obtaining new clients from your competitor.
The market is saturated - The only way is upselling. But how do you do this? What upsells best for a higher rate of customer retention and lifetime? The answer is simple – sell your customers what they were looking for in the first place – sell your customers SUCCESS.
The average small business owner buys a website not for the technical add-ons and plugins they can buy. They weren’t looking for safety or streamlined servers.
They came to you to be successful, to have a website to be seen online, to be found by more
customers, to increase their revenue, Offering your customers success is the secret power behind retention, lifetime, average spending and recommendation rates.
Their success is your success, start making it possible today.
CEO at rankingCoach
The Link11 Story - Tackling the Challenge of DDoS for Hosters
Established in 2005 Link11 has been pioneering DDoS protection since the early days of attacks. Founded as a Hosting Provider Link11’s DDoS Protection was developed to protect its own customers and network originally. Due to the patent-pending and self-engineered DDoS Protection Cloud, Link11 emerged as one of the leading DDoS protection providers worldwide. Our experience as a hosting provider enables Link11 to exactly understand the real challenges and issues that hosting providers face when it comes to the mitigation of DDoS attacks that target either their infrastructure or their customers. The infrastructure has been developed to filter out all dangerous DDoS attacks from Layer 3 to Layer 7 and is used by a lot of our clients as an IP transit network as well. It is based on a powerful high-performance network with global scrubbing centres that not only solve the DDoS challenge for large business clients but also for data centres and hosting providers including all useful measures to protect the hosted customers and avoid any downtime in the case of attacks.
Sales Director UK at Link11
Colin BallSales Director UK Link11
Why Elastic Sites hosting model is loved by hosters and their customers
Elastic Sites is a new, modern hosting model that offers an alternative to VPS. When shared hosting customers require more resources, the typical path for them is to upgrade to VPS. Then, they require a great deal of support and are more likely to cancel. Some hosts we interviewed reported the churn rate for shared hosting users who upgrade to VPS may be as high as 50%. Elastic Sites allocates higher resources to individual customers on your shared hosting servers and those sites are incredibly easy to launch and manage. Elastic Sites is simply better than VPS for most of your customers. Join this session to learn why.
CEO at CloudLinux
I can haz secure email? Bring email encryption to the masses with DANE & MTA-STS
Email remains the go-to form of communication in the business world, yet we don't have working transport encryption like we do for the web. With DANE and MTA-STS around the corner, email encryption might become a competitive differentiator very soon.
CTO at Halon Security
Anders BerggrenCTOHalon Security
Re-inventing Team Collaboration Through Email
Research studies have shown lack of effective collaboration to be the main reason for failures at the workplace. So the question that begs asking is: despite having a plethora of tools for business communication - such as email, social media, Instant Messaging applications, etc - at our disposal, why is it that we are yet to figure out the most effective means of collaboration at the workplace?
Does old-school email still hold its sway in the world of new-age IM apps, that claim to be email-killers? And can email ever truly be done away with? And if email is not 'good enough' any more, what makes for an ideal replacement?
We at Zoho Mail have tried to address some of these pressing questions, and we think me might have the answers.
Product Marketing Manager at Zoho Mail (Workplace)
Navaneeth Suresh KProduct Marketing ManagerZoho Mail (Workplace)
New Zimbra 8.8 the best solutions for Service Provider
CEO and Founder at Zextras
Paolo Remo StortiCEO and FounderZextras
Driving traffic for your customers with the use of website localization
According to Common Sense Advisory, 87% of customers who can’t read English don’t buy products or services on English language websites. We will discuss a way to increase your customers’ traffic and boost SEO rankings to their websites by using website localization. We present how Translate.com can integrate with any 1-Click install or proprietary website builder.
Product Evangalist at Translate.com
Alison HaswellProduct Evangalist Translate.com
Hyper - A secure multi-tenant container cloud platform
Since the early days of Cloud, developers have been seeking ways to shift the focus from server to application, to ease the development, accelerate delivery, reduce errors and cut cost. Container platforms aim to enable this promised land. However, currently to run your containers, you still have to manage the underlying infrastructure, e.g. create VM cluster, setup storage, configure network, etc. This process is heavy, tedious, fragile, and most importantly, it is not the goal of developers who want higher agility by moving to the public cloud.
What can we do about this? This talk will focus on virtualized container technology that that combines the agility of Containers and the security of Virtualization. We will demonstrate the potential of this technology and the future of public cloud.
CEO at Hyper
Devtech: Making Cloud Work. Together.
Cloud is reshaping industries left and right, and Cloud adoption is accelerating on a global scale. A lot of businesses are struggling to determine the Cloud strategy that best suits their long-term needs. We believe Cloud adoption should be simpler, and we are focused on making it that way. Hear more about how Devtech helps Partners and Customers on this mission.
Sales Executive at Devtech