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.