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Indian markets provide hosts of opportunities in the Internet Infrastructure space – CloudFest India 2018

Indian markets provide hosts of opportunities in the Internet Infrastructure space – CloudFest India 2018

The CloudFest India 2018 that was held in Mumbai, India on May 23rd comprised jampacked sessions and informative keynotes that ensured that the day was full of knowledge and innumerable networking exchanges.

There were talks on domains; net neutrality; tips to help hosting providers become cloud solutions providers; and internet market opportunities for startups and SMBs, just to name a few.

India, with 4.9 million registered domains (as of Q4 2016) and 51 million SMBs represents a huge market for the internet industry.

The Chief Product Officer at GoDaddy – Steven Aldrich, opened the keynotes for the day, throwing light on how independent ventures are growing in India, and how they will drive global employment.

Later, an interesting session on net neutrality was taken by Tim Wu – American lawyer and professor at Columbia Law School with Seoren von Varchmin – CEO, Cloudfest as the moderator. Tim discussed about the state of IT in the context of India market.

Vice-President – Naming Services, APAC at Verisign – Manish Dalal, talked about the fundamental trends that drive the demand for domain names and how they are related to cloud hosting.

One of the important sessions was taken by Alan Keller – CRO at Duda, who talked about the closing gap between websites and apps and how this can save the internet for SMBs. Websites lack the smooth and fast experience provided by apps. But, developing an app, and submitting it to an app store is somehow time-consuming and difficult for SMBs.

To save businesses from getting stuck in the functionality of a website, Google started pushing websites to adopt app like functionality with Progressive Web Apps (PWA). The PWA technology will help businesses run websites with app like functionalities embedded.

Later, Praveen Bhadada – Partner & Practice Head at Zinnov, shared the key findings of their State of the Domain Industry Report.

The report highlighted the increasing count of domain names in India with a stronger growth as compared to the global markets. .com domain had 57% share of the Indian Domain Name Industry in 2017.

Rajendran Dhandapani, Director of Engineering at Zoho, discussed the cloud trends and how hosting services industry is evolving with cloud technologies. He said that the hosting providers should be vigilant in choosing their technology partner while moving towards the cloud.

The event partners included names like GoDaddy, Duda, Zoho, ConnectReseller, Domain Dhaba, Donuts, Serveroft, E2E Networks and many others.

With CloudFest coming to an end successfully this year, most people, including us will be eagerly waiting for the announcement of dates for the next year’s CloudFest India.

Stay tuned for the latest hosting and cloud industry news.

Google launches .APP domains with default HTTPS protocol

Google launches .APP domains with default HTTPS protocol

Google is finally launching the .APP domain extension, three years after acquiring the rights to manage it.

.APP is the newest top-level domain (TLD) name from Google Registry. A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .COM or .ORG. Google said that the .APP is a more secure domain name, built specifically for apps and app developers.

All the .APP extensions will have Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (https) by default, which means that the .APP TLDs will come with built-in security. It will protect against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, as well as safeguard against spying on open Wi-Fi networks.

“Even if you spend your days working in the world of mobile apps, you can still benefit from a home on the web. With a memorable .app domain name, it’s easy for people to find and learn more about your app. You can use your new domain as a landing page to share trustworthy download links, keep users up to date, and deep link to in-app content,” wrote Ben Fried, VP, CIO, & Chief Domains Enthusiast, Google, in a blog post.

In 2015, Google had paid $25 million at an ICANN auction to buy the rights for .APP domain. It was the most expensive bid at the time, which was later beaten by .WEB.

The .APP domain extension will be generally available through the registrars from 8th May. Since 1st May, it is available to be registered as part of Google’s Early Access Program at an additional cost to secure the desired domains.

On 1st May, it costed as much as $12,523, and the price will decrease to less than $200 when it becomes publicly available.

According to Domain Incite, more than 3000 .APP domains have already been registered through Early Access Program, which includes Uber Technologies, Instagram, and some celebrities like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

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