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Where cloud meets data centre and hyperscale meets edge. A conversation for service provider executives. 

May 1-2, 2019
Toronto, Canada

 
 

Presented By

 
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The time is now.

It is hard to miss how massive-scale cloud has been a disruptive force up and down the infrastructure services value chain. This was once a market with seemingly unlimited runway and addressable market. Things are still healthy, but the rise of cloud has caused a shift in the landscape that will force providers to consider new models and evaluate the viability of old ones.

The shifts are plain to see. Managed hosters and service providers have retreated from commodity cloud services and pivoted to reselling and managing on top of the massive-scale platforms. Meanwhile, the colocation market has separated and cloud is a big reason why. As the likes of Amazon and Azure grow, so too does their appetite for wholesale-level deployments, and providers are rushing to meet that demand. Those in the retail colocation game are shifting as well and they are focusing on getting end users to the cloud through interconnection services and enabling hybrid deployments.

The changing landscape has spawned a new ecosystem of companies and blurred lines between service providers. The first wave of infrastructure providers competed well in raw compute and storage. They are still in that game, but increasingly focusing this expertise to specialized verticals, performance-sensitive workloads and third party applications. The rise of the managed third party cloud model has also given birth to an ecosystem of new vendors that support various elements of these next-generation services and business models. And with the move to cloud unrelenting, service providers that have mostly stood on the sidelines are now making their way to the sector. The cloud has blurred lines and made distinctions between service providers less and less relevant.

There is a ‘new world’ emerging and a vastly different ecosystem is being built around it that is going to generate billions of dollars of value.

infra // STRUCTURE replaces legacy events that cater to and are stuck in the old world and brings together the next wave of value-creating companies so that they can realize their full potential.

Why should I attend?

The infrastructure services market lacks an industry event that is vendor-neutral and brings together under one roof all the key pieces - operators, developers, end users, suppliers and financiers - that are involved in the value chain. infra // STRUCTURE was built to create an environment where conversations happen, relationships are built and ultimately, deals are done - all against the backdrop of third party analysis and engaged discussion of the sector’s most pertinent issues and challenges. Today’s Internet infrastructure executive is busy. There is no better way to get multiple things done at one time and in one location. 

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Who should attend?

EXECUTIVES OPERATING INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICE PROVIDERS – data centres, managed hosting and cloud infrastructure firms that want to keep abreast of sector developments, network and do business.

Amazon Web ServicesCyxteraDatapipeDigital Realty TrustEquinixIBMMicrosoft AzureQ9 Networks


EXECUTIVES OPERATING MSPs, VARs, AND SIs that want to get more engaged with cloud.

Avant CommunicationsContegixIngram MicroOneNeck IT SolutionsSecure-24Thrive Networks


VENDORS that want to supply technology and services to infrastructure service providers.

DellLenovoMicrosoftPleskScienceLogicSilver Peak


PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTORS looking to understand and learn about the market and meet companies.

ABRY PartnersIron Point PartnersNovacapSeaport CapitalStrattam Capital


LENDERS that supply capital to infrastructure service providers.

CapitalSourceCSC Leasing Company


M&A SPECIALISTS wanting to stay up to date on the sector and meet companies.

Cheval CapitalDH CapitalRBC Capital MarketsWilliam Blair


JOURNALISTS interested in covering the infrastructure services market.

Agenda

This is a sample agenda from our 2018 conference.

Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June14, 2018

The analyst team at Structure Research have curated an agenda that is hard-hitting and forward-looking. Structure Research’s insights and data sets will provide the context and leading industry executives will join in to share experiences, debate the issues and assess the future.


 

Wednesday, June 13

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM  |  NETWORKING RECEPTION HOSTED BY DH CAPITAL
Location: Michael's on Simcoe, 100 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON

 

Thursday, June 14

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM  |  RUN/WALK + NETWORK
Session Type: Networking
Grab a coffee, get some exercise, and network with Andy Schroepfer, founder of Tier1 Research, former Rackspace and HOSTING executive.
Meet in the lobby cafe by 6:30 AM before Andy leads a 12min/mile pace 5K run/walk followed by more networking (even if you skip the exercise).
Host/Speaker: Andy Schroepfer, CEO, IfIWere.xyz

 

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM  |  REGISTRATION + BREAKFAST
Session Type: Registration + Breakfast

 

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM  |  WELCOME + INTRODUCTION
Welcome to infra // STRUCTURE 2018
Speaker: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research

 

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM  |  THE NEW WORLD ORDER
Session Type: Analyst Keynote
The sector is roughly 20 years old and the first big shift is well underway.
How is change impacting infrastructure service providers and what is the new world going to look like?
Speaker: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research

 

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM  |  TEMPERATURE CHECK + OUTLOOK 2018
Session Type: Industry Perspectives
DH Capital CEO Peter Hopper takes a closer look at the sector's current status and provides a forecast.
Speaker: Peter Hopper, CEO, DH Capital

 

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM  |  THE PUBLIC CLOUDS: FRIEND OR FOE?
Session Type: Panel
Competition has made way for partnership and managed third party cloud is an increasingly common product sku in service provider portfolios.
Is this a viable path forward? What are the pitfalls, challenges and opportunities?
Moderator: Antonio Piraino, CTO, ScienceLogic
Panelists: Jonathan Lacour, CTO, Reliam; Luke Norris, CEO, Faction; Joel Daly, CEO, HOSTING; Gordon McKenna, CTO Microsoft Cloud Services, Ensono

 

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM  |  SHIFTING INVESTOR EYES
Session Type: Panel
What does the investment community think of the new world order? Where are they placing bets?
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Gillis Cashman, Managing Partner, M/C Partners; Matt Kinsey, Managing Director, BV Investment Partners;
Scott McCormack, Partner, Seaport Capital; Adrian Polak, Partner, Strattan Capital

 

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM  |  COFFEE BREAK

 

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM  |  NEW TABLE STAKES
Session Type: Panel
The sector is now officially global and multi-national footprints are increasingly table stakes.
What do global data centre requirements look like? What are customers asking for?
Moderator: Jabez Tan, Research Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Rick Crutchley, Senior Leader, Iron Mountain Data Centers; Jonathan Lin, VP Corporate Development, Equinix; 
Jonathan King, COO, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres; Rick Moore, Director, Cloud Strategy, Digital Realty Trust

 

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM  |  MOVING TO THE EDGE
Session Type: Panel
End users are forcing compute to the edge. How are providers positioning to capture this opportunity?
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Lance Crosby, CEO, StackPath; Zachary Smith, CEO, Packet; Phillip Marangella, CMO, EdgeConneX

 

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM  |  EDGE DATA CENTRES
Session Type: Panel
As workloads move to the edge, how is infrastructure going to get there to support it?
Moderator: Jabez Tan, Research Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Sharif Fotouh, CEO, Compass EdgePoint, Compass Data Centers; 
Greg Pettine, Founder, EVP Business Development, EdgeMicro; Cole Crawford, CEO, Vapor IO

 

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM  |  LUNCH

 

1:00 PM - 1:25 PM  |  STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS
Session Type: Panel
M&A continues to be a hallmark of the sector. What is the latest and how are things changing given the new world that is emerging?
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Scott Stevens, Managing Director, William Blair; Shariar Mohajer, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets; 
Steve Lee, Managing Director, Layer 7 Capital; Renee Shaening, Vice President, MVP Capital

 

1:30 PM - 1:50 PM  |  MICROSOFT SECTOR VISION
Session Type: Industry Perspectives
Speaker: Harish Iyer, Managing Director, Partner Datacenter Transformation, Microsoft

 

1:55 PM - 2:20 PM  |  COLO FUTURES
Session Type: Panel
The obituary is written every few years, but colocation is alive and well. Yet change is coming. How will the sector evolve and what are its likely future directions?
Panelists: Simon West, CMO, Cyxtera; Raul Martynek, CEO, DataBank;
Andy Stewart, CSO, TierPoint; Ken Parent, CEO, Element Critical

 

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM  |  AWS: PLATFORM PERSPECTIVE
Session Type: Panel
Amazon makes the case for service provider partners. Hear about AWS and other partner scenarios that might emerge around products like Lightsail.
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Emily Kruger, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Web Services

 

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM  |  COFFEE BREAK

 

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM  |  THE EMERGING CLOUD-NEUTRAL WORLD
Session Type: Analyst Keynote
The colocation market is transforming and the carrier-neutral world has given way to a cloud-neutral one.
Speaker: Jabez Tan, Research Director, Structure Research

 

3:25 PM - 3:50 PM  |  THIRD PARTY CLOUDS AND NEW PRODUCTS
Session Type: Panel
Infrastructure service portfolios are in constant flux. What products are helping providers win customers in a world increasingly moving to the public clouds?
Panelists: Jeremy Pease, COO, Contegix; Bill Dinardo, CEO, Tenzing; Prashanth Chandrasekar, SVP & GM, Managed Public Clouds, Rackspace

 

3:55 PM - 4:15 PM  |  PURSUING HYPERSCALE
Session Type: Panel
Hyperscale clouds have been the driving force behind the growth in wholesale colocation.
What is different about the wholesale game? What is the mindset like? How does this shape operations and go-to-market strategy?
Moderator: Jabez Tan, Research Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Asher Ling, CEO, Asia Digital Fort

 

4:20 PM - 4:45 PM  |  BUILDING BLOCKS OF NEXT-GEN SERVICES
Session Type: Panel
We are well beyond the days of raw infrastructure. It is about value-add and adjacent products and services.
What do providers need to ensure they evolve with the times?
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: George Karidis, CEO, Virtuozzo; John Zanni, President, Acronis; Peter Luff, Senior Director Product Marketing, ScienceLogic

 

4:50 PM - 5:15 PM  |  THE END USER
Session Type: Panel
What are end users looking for from their data centre partners? What are some of the biggest changes?
Moderator: Sean Patrick Tario, CEO, Open Spectrum
Panelists: Mike Segal, VP, ROOT Data Center; Andre van Zijl, GM, Canada, Cologix; Todd Coleman, CEO, eStruxture; Corey Welp, Managing Director, 1547 Critical Systems Realty

 

5:20 PM - 5:45 PM  |  OH CANADA!
Session Type: Panel
The cloud market has historically been quiet in Canada, but things are changing. What are the drivers and are we bullish or bearish on the future?
Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Robert Offley, CEO, CentriLogic; John Witte, CEO, Carbon60; Jaime Leverton, VP & GM, Canada, APAC, Cogeco Peer 1; Craig McLellan, CEO, ThinkOn

 

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  |  AFTER PARTY hosted by PLESK
CRAFT Beer Market
1 Adelaide Street

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Location

 
 

Venue:

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2M9

 

Speakers

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Philbert Shih

 

Managing Director
Structure Research

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Jabez Tan

Research Director
Structure Research

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Gillis Cashman

Managing Partner
M/C Partners

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Prashanth Chandrasekar

SVP & GM, Managed Public Clouds
Rackspace

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Todd Coleman

 
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Lance Crosby

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Rick Crutchley

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Joel Daly

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Bill DiNardo

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Sharif Fotouh

Founder & CEO
Compass EdgePoint

 
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Peter Hopper

CEO & Co-Founder
DH Capital

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Harish Iyer

Managing Director, Partner Datacenter Transformation
Microsoft

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George Karidis

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Jonathan King

Group Chief Operating Officer & Head of Investments
ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

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Matthew Kinsey

Managing Director
BV Investment Partners

 
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Emily Kruger

Senior Product Manager
Amazon Web Services

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Jonathan Lacour

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Steve Lee

Managing Director
Layer 7 Capital

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Jaime Leverton

VP & GM, Canada, APAC
Cogeco Peer 1

Jonathan Lin

VP Corporate Development and Strategy
Equinix

 
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ASher Ling

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PETER LUFF

Senior Director, Product Marketing
ScienceLogic

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Phillip Marangella

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raul martynek

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Scott McCormack

 
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Gordon McKenna

CTO Microsoft Cloud Services
Ensono

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Craig McLellan

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Shariar Mohajer

Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

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Rick Moore

Global Director, Cloud Strategy & Services
Digital Realty Trust

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Mark Musselman

VP, Sales & Business Development
Vapor IO

 
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Luke Norris

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Robert Offley

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Ken Parent

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Jeremy Pease

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Greg Pettine

Founder & EVP, Business Development
EdgeMicro

 
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Antonio Piraino

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Adrian Polak

Partner & Co-Founder
Strattam Capital

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Andy Schroepfer

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Mike Segal

VP, International Business Development
ROOT Data Center

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Renee Shaening

Vice President
MVP Capital

 
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Zachary Smith

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Scott Stevens

Managing Director
William Blair

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Andy Stewart

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Sean Patrick Tario

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Andre Van Zijl

GM, Canada
Cologix

 
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Corey Welp

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Simon WEst

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John Witte

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John Zanni

President
Acronis

 
 

- ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS TBA -

 
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Pricing

SERVICE PROVIDERS
FREE*

  • Complimentary pass to event
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
  • Deposits returned upon attendance
*A $209 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.

Executives with infrastructure service providers - managed hosters, data centre operators, cloud providers, MSPs and VARs - attend for FREE. This is by invitation only and the only stipulation is attendance at two 15-minute introductory meetings with select sponsors. Service providers that do not receive an invitation can request one.


END USERS
FREE*

  • Complimentary pass to event
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
  • Deposits returned upon attendance
*A $209 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.
SR CLIENTS
FREE*

  • Complimentary pass to event
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
  • Deposits returned upon attendance
*A $209 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.
GENERAL ATTENDEES
$299 USD**

  • Single pass to event
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
**Attendance fee: $209 USD. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.
 

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For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact:

CANDICE RODRIGUEZ
cr@structureresearch.net

Media and Strategic Partners

 
 

Contact

For more information regarding the event, please contact:

PHILBERT SHIH
ps@structureresearch.net
+1.647.822.1404

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