Celebrating the 15th Annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit – Presenter Q&A with Al Sadowski

Interview with Al Sadowski, Research Vice President

In May, we opened registration for our 15th annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit, and the response has been incredible! We are excited to bring our leading insights on disruptive and innovative technologies back to Las Vegas. With two months to go before showtime, we will start by introducing our presenting analysts and their session topics through a new series of Q&As.

First up, Research Vice President Al Sadowski:

Q: What will you be discussing in this session?

A: The title of my session is “Voice of the Service Provider: How do Service Providers Stack Up?” I’ll be sharing insights into how service providers are transforming their own businesses in order to remain relevant in the eyes of enterprises. Supported by our latest survey data, the session will go into detail about differentiation strategies, budgets and spending comparisons, and product roadmaps. The session will be followed by a panel discussion with a few hardware and software vendors focused on enabling service providers with enterprise-facing products, along with service provider best practices.

Q: Why is this topic significant?

A: Service providers are no longer just purveyors of compute and storage; they are now seen as partners for services beyond basic infrastructure and as key allies in hybrid architectures. But nearly all have a long way to go in order to automate and affordably scale a business that can provide reliable, secure and performance products and services. According to our Voice of the Service Provider: Infrastructure Evolution 2019 survey results, 94% of service providers admit their IT environments will require partial or complete transformation over the next three years!

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Q: We are celebrating 15 years of our Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit. What do you believe is the most valuable aspect of HCTS?

A: This will be my eighth HCTS – once as a client, and seven times as a 451 Research analyst. What brings people back each year is the opportunity to network with decision-makers within the vendor, service provider and investment community as well as meet 1 on 1 with the analysts. Unlike other analyst conferences, we don’t just point out WHAT is happening, we also explain WHY. The space we cover is always changing, but we always have the pulse of the leading edge of technology transformation.

Q: What was your biggest takeaway from last year’s HCTS?

A: For the first time ever in the history of panel discussions, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Alibaba were on the same stage for my panel discussion about partnering with hyperscalers last year. These companies have evolved from being competitors into suppliers for the rest of the service providers. This evolution affects the hardware and software vendors as much as it affects regional cloud providers, MSPs, and systems integrators. The big thing for me was validating with attendees that these partnerships will only grow deeper and the competitive landscape will become more complex over time.

Q: What are you excited to see/experience at this year’s Summit?

A: Since the gorilla was not available to be in the room for my panel again this year and the fire marshal would not approve the use of fireworks indoors to celebrate Voice of the Service Provider’s second birthday, I will be excited to hear from all of the service providers in attendance about how they compare with the benchmarking insights from my presentation and what they plan to do about it.

HCTS 2019 will be held at the ARIA in Las Vegas, September 23-25. Don’t miss your chance to join the discussion and catch up with Al by registering today! Save 25% on registration using promo code BLOG25.
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