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

May 6-7, 2020
Toronto, Canada

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Decentralization: Beyond Hyperscale

Last year, the conversation at the inaugural infra // STRUCTURE summit focused on the disruptive nature of hyperscale cloud and how this is happening on a global basis. Hyperscale has spawned a new breed of provider and a rapidly transforming supporting ecosystem. Service offerings have changed, business models have been adjusted and in many ways, the entire premise of the business has been turned on its head.  

The shifts are plain to see. Managed hosters and infrastructure service providers have retreated from commodity cloud services and jumped to the managed third party cloud model. Meanwhile, the colocation sector has arguably made an even bigger pivot. Wholesale colocation serving hyperscale is basically a category in and of itself, while retail colocation has taken a sharp turn towards interconnection. Colocation is no longer just about housing infrastructure, but enabling it. And enabling means getting end users to the cloud and the applications and content they access deployed across increasingly complex hybrid architectures.

A hybrid world with hyperscale at the centre is the future. It is undeniably where things are moving. But it is also quickly becoming clear that things are not quite that simple. The Internet continues to grow and there is a new generation of applications emerging that take end users further out than ever before, while at the same time, demanding unprecedented levels of latency and performance.

Enter the edge and the coming decentralization of infrastructure architectures.  

Last year, we described a new world order being built around hyperscale. But this was never a fixed situation and the reality on the ground has proved to be a lot more fluid. This new world order will soon have another important piece - the edge - that will only enhance and expand the billions of dollars of value being generated by the larger infrastructure services ecosystem.

Decentralization has a certain connotation that suggests a slight breaking apart of things or a loss of control. But in the world of cloud and infrastructure, decentralization is more about how things are going to be built. And it is a good bet that it will actually further enhance and add value to the hyperscale platforms at the centre of this new world order. It is good news for all involved.

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. Join us to engage in a conversation about the future and chart yet another new course.

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?

Amazon Web Services CentriLogic CenturyLink CyrusOne Cyxtera Digital Realty Equinix Google Cloud Platform Iron Mountain Microsoft Azure Q9 Rackspace

2nd Watch Contegix Ingram Micro Intelisys Mission NTT Communications OneNeck Telarus Thrive

American Tower Crown Castle GTT Sprint Zayo

Compass Data Centers EdgeConnex EdgeMicro Packet Stackpath Vapor

Ciena ConsoleConnect Megaport PacketFabric

Ericsson Microsoft NetApp Nutanix Plesk ScienceLogic Stateless Ubersmith Veeam

Abry Partners Brookfield Infrastructure Partners BV Investment Partners Iron Point MC Partners Seaport Capital Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners Strattam Capital

Boundary Street Capital CapitalSource CSC Leasing Company Data Sales Co.

Cheval DH Capital Layer 7 Capital RBC Capital Markets William Blair



The analyst team at Structure Research has 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.

This year we are adding a half-day of programming that will precede the main day. This unconference will feature content, analyst presentations and networking in a more casual, relaxed environment. Come meet fellow attendees and sponsors and get a head start on your summit schedule.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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infra // STRUCTURE Presents The Unconference: Sponsored by Packet

Where: The Vault, 250 University Avenue #200
When: May 1, 2019 at 1:00 -5:00 PM
What: An informal half-day of networking, meetings and content that looks to what is next in infrastructure services
What Else: Register, get your conference badge
Why: Get a head start on your summit schedule

Main Track

Hosted by Packet

1:00 - 1:30 PM
Welcome to the infra // STRUCTURE Unconference

Hosts: Zachary Smith, CEO, Packet; Jacob Smith, CMO, Packet; Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research

2:00 - 2:30 PM
Global Colocation: The Hyperscale, Interconnection Drivers
Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research

2:30 - 3:00 PM
Deploying in Micro-Edge Data Centers

Moderator: Zachary Smith, CMO, Packet
Panelists: Mark Musselman, SVP Sales, Vapor IO; Loren Long, CSO, Dartpoints; Greg Pettine, EVP Business Development, EdgeMicro

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Canadian Infrastructure Services Update: 2019

Moderator: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
Panelists: Sean Maskell, President, Canada, Cologix; AJ Byers, CEO, ROOT Data Center; Strahan McCarten, SVP, Strategy and Product, eStruxture

3:30 - 4:00 PM
Millennial IT Buyers: How to win B2D (D=Developers)
Zachary Smith, CEO, Packet

4:00 - 4:30 PM
Designing for Efficiency and
the Edge with Open 19

Yuval Bachar, President, Open 19 Foundation

4:30 - 5:00 PM
Edge Operations in Foxborough; Edge Q&A
Zachary Smith, CEO, Packet; Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research

Board Room 1

Hosted by Structure Research

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Data Centre Colocation & Interconnection (DCI) Research Update: APAC, Canada

Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Ainsley Woods, Research Analyst, Structure Research

2:00 - 2:30 PM
NetApp Best Practices Session

Mara McMahon, Head of Service Provider GTM, NetApp

3:00 - 3:30 PM
NetApp Best Practices Session

Mara McMahon, Head of Service Provider GTM, NetApp

4:00 - 5:00 PM
What does it mean to provide managed services in the hyperscale cloud?
Moderator: Steve Lee, Managing Director, Layer 7 Capital
Panelists: Darin Cook, CEO, SynchroNet; Jared Reimer, CEO, Cascadeo

Board Room 2

Hosted by Packet

1:30 - 2:00 PM
As Local as Possible - Building a More Distributed Internet
Carl Williams, Director of Network Strategy and Innovation, Linode; Dan Spataro, Director of Data Center Operations and Network Operations, Linode

2:00 - 2:30 PM
Edge Servers: New Models in Silicon
Matt Taylor, SVP Worldwide Sales, Ampere

2:30 - 3:00 PM
Rethinking Application Architecture: The Edge
Wesley Reisz, VP Technology, Section.io

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Disaggregation: A Primer
Ron Renwick, VP Products, Netronome

3:30 - 4:00 PM
Roundtable Discussion: Interconnecting the Edge
Moderators: Jim Davis, Edge Research Group; Vinay Nagpal, President, InterGlobix
Panelists: Megaport, CenturyLink, Stateless, Aytra, Equinix, PacketFabric

4:00 - 4:30 PM
State of the Edge Update
Jim Davis, President and Principal Analyst, Edge Research Group


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Opening Cocktail Reception - May 1, 2019

Hosted by DH Capital
6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Chase Fish and Oyster
10 Temperance St Fl 1, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

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6:30 - 7:30 AM – Morning Run
DESCRIPTION: Prep for the day with a morning jog through downtown Toronto, led by Erward Osckar, CEO of Wowrack and recent finisher of a marathon, along with Andy Schroepfer, industry visionary and CEO of If I Were.XYZ. Meet in the Sheraton Centre Hotel lobby and try to keep up!

8:00 - 8:45 AM – Registration & Breakfast
[Session Type: Registration & Breakfast]

8:45 - 9:00 AM – Welcome & Introduction
SPEAKER: Antonio Piraino, CTO, ScienceLogic; Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
DESCRIPTION: Welcome to infra // STRUCTURE 2019

9:00 - 9:15 AM – Decentralization: Beyond Hyperscale
[Session Type: Analyst Keynote]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research; Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research
Description: Hyperscale has risen and the market has shifted in response. But it is never too early to start thinking about what is next. The hyperscale world is giving way to a decentralized one and the edge and interconnection are at the centre of this massive transformation.

9:20 - 9:45 AM – EDGEucation: Inching Closer to the Edge
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Marty Friedman, Partner, DH Capital
PANELIST(S): Lance Crosby, CEO, StackPath; George Karidis, COO, Packet; Mike Hagan, CEO, EdgeMicro
DESCRIPTION: The edge is quickly moving from concept to reality. What are edge compute services looking like? What are the real use cases?

9:50 - 10:10 AM – The Coming Decentralization
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Philip Marangella, CMO, EdgeConneX; Jonathan Schilkraudt, Chief Strategy Officer, CyrusOne; Jason Carolan, Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential
DESCRIPTION: Current infrastructure architectures are increasingly hybrid, but oriented around hyperscale. What is a decentralized world going to look like?

10:15 - 10:40 AM – Global Frontiers
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Oliver Jones, CEO, Chayora; Quy Nguyen, VP Global Accounts and Solutions, Colt DCS; Jelle Frank van der Zwet, Director IT Service Providers, Interxion
DESCRIPTION: The infrastructure services business is global. What are the next frontiers? What are the nuances and challenges in operating and expanding across international borders?

10:45 - 11:00 AM – COFFEE BREAK

11:00 - 11:25 AM – Shifting Strategic Fault Lines
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Michael Amez, Director, William Blair; Brian Pryor, Managing Director & CFO, MVP Capital; Madonna Park, Global Head, Communications Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets; Alexander Luycx, Managing Director, DC Advisory
DESCRIPTION: Consolidation has deepened and telcos continue to divest. What are the new frontiers for M&A? What new pieces are being added to the puzzle?

11:30 - 11:50 AM – Brick and Mortar to Digital
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Mark Kidd, SVP & GM, Iron Mountain Data Centers; Meng Wei Kuok, Executive Director, K2 Data Centres
DESCRIPTION: The sector's positive outlook and shifting economic currents are drawing new entrants from traditional industries. They possess key assets and resources that translate well to infrastructure services. Hear about two unique and global experiences.

11:50 AM - 12:45 PM – LUNCH

12:45 - 1:10 PM – An Evolving Investment Thesis
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Drew Loucks, Principal, Great Hill Partners; Ted Mocarski, Senior Partner, Novacap; Scott Pasquini, Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners; Rashad Kawmy, Partner, Boundary Street Capital
DESCRIPTION: How does the investment community reconcile the old and the new? Where are the new opportunities and how are they being considered?

1:15 - 1:35 PM – Stateless: Market Expansion Beyond the Four Walls
[Session Type: Industry Perspectives]
SPEAKER: TJ Karklins, EVP, Operations, Stateless
DESCRIPTION: Cloud and emerging deployment strategies are creating a multi-billion network interconnectivity opportunity for colocation and cloud service providers. What are leading edge use cases for growing network connectivity lines of business? How can providers leverage automation and new architectures to grow services with tightly constrained headcount and CAPEX?

1:40 - 2:05 PM – Interconnection Emerges
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Jonathan Atkin, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
PANELIST(S): Chad Milam, President & COO, PacketFabric; Will Pittman, Head of Sales, East, Megaport; Kal Benedict, VP, Director of Commercial Development, Beanfield; Andy Fenton, Director Wholesale and Strategic Accounts, Cogeco Peer1
DESCRIPTION: Interconnection is enabling this next generation of architectures and driving value-add. How should providers approach this massive opportunity?

2:05 - 2:30 PM – Cloud: From Legacy to Next-Gen
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Sumeet Sabharwal, Group VP & GM, Navisite; Emil Sayegh, CEO, Hostway | HOSTING; Robert Offley, CEO, Centrilogic; Ramakant Pandrangi, VP Managed Hosting and Private Clouds, Rackspace
DESCRIPTION: Pureplay has given way to mixed services portfolios and asset-light operating models. Yet legacy services still dominate revenue streams. How are cloud providers and MSPs handling the transition?

2:30 - 2:45 PM – COFFEE BREAK

2:45 - 3:10 PM – Cloud Product Directions
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Kurt Daniel, CEO, Ubersmith; Antonio Piraino, CTO, ScienceLogic; TJ Karklins, EVP Operations, Stateless;Tom Baumgartner, VP Marketing, Virtuozzo
DESCRIPTION: The underlying technology is changing as the market shifts. What do providers need to be thinking about from a technology, product and operational perspective?

3:15 - 3:40 PM – Colo: Which Way Forward?
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Sean Patrick Tario, CEO, Open Spectrum
PANELIST(S): Robert deSantis, CEO, 365 Data Centers; Tim Caulfield, CEO, Evoque DCS; Peter Feldman, CEO, Digital Crossroads; Jonathan Martone, Director, Ecosystem Strategy and Engineering, Cyxtera
DESCRIPTION: Retail is slowing, managed hosting is tightening. What is the ideal way forward? What are the new pathways and differentiators?

3:45 - 4:10 PM – SMB Currents
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Matthew Russell, Chief Cloud Officer, Namecheap; Joe Oesterling, COO, Liquid Web; Markus Galler, VP Sales, Plesk
DESCRIPTION: In a hyperscale world, how are SMB-focused providers being impacted? What are the strategic implications and what directions are they moving in?

4:15 - 4:35 PM – Women in Tech
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Ilissa MIller, CEO, iMiller Public Relations
PANELIST(S): Jezzibell Gilmore, SVP, Co-Founder, PacketFabric; Shannon Hulbert, CEO, Opus Interactive; Elya McCleave, Founder & President, Innovorg Inc.
DESCRIPTION: Internet infrastructure remains a male-dominated industry. What can we do to improve things?

4:40 - 5:00 PM – Wrap-up & Q&A
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research;
PANELIST: Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research
DESCRIPTION: A summary of the two days with the Structure Research team.

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



Philbert Shih

Managing Director
Structure Research


Jabez Tan

Head of Research
Structure Research


Ainsley Woods

Research Analyst
Structure Research


Michael Amez

Director, Technology
William Blair


Jonathan Atkin

Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets


Yuval Bachar


Tom Baumgartner

VP, Marketing


Kal Benedict

VP, Director of Commercial Development


AJ Byers


Jason Carolan

Chief Innovation Officer


Tim Caulfield


Darin Cook


Lance Crosby


Kurt Daniel


Jim Davis

President & Principal Analyst
Edge Research Group


Robert J. DeSantis


Peter Feldman


Andy Fenton

Director, Wholesale & Strategic Accounts
Cogeco Peer1


Marty Friedman

DH Capital


Markus Galler

VP, Sales


Jezzibell Gilmore

SVP Business Development, Co-Founder


Mike Hagan


Shannon Hulbert


Oliver Jones


George Karidis


TJ Karklins

EVP, Operations


Rashad Kawmy


Mark Kidd

SVP & General Manager
Iron Mountain Data Centers


Meng Wei Kuok

Executive Director
K2 Data Centres


Steve Lee

Managing Director
Layer 7 Capital


Loren Long

Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder


Drew Loucks


Alexander Luycx

Managing Director
DC Advisory


Phillip Marangella


Jonathan Martone

Director of Ecosystem Strategy and Engineering


Sean Maskell

President, Canada


Strahan McCarten

SVP, Product & Strategy


Elya McCleave

Founder & President
Innovorg Inc.


Mara McMahon

Head of Service Provider GTM


Chad Milam

COO & President


Ilissa Miller


Ted Mocarski

Senior Partner


Mark Musselman

VP, Sales & Business Development
Vapor IO


Vinay Nagpal



Quy Nguyen

VP, Global Accounts & Solutions
Colt DCS


Joe Oesterling


Robert Offley


Erward Osckar


Ramakant Pandrangi

VP, Managed Hosting & Private Clouds


Madonna Park

Global Head, Communications Infrastructure
RBC Capital Markets


Scott Pasquini

Managing Director
Madison Dearborn Partners


Greg Pettine

EVP Business Development


Antonio Piraino


Will Pittman

Head of Sales, East


Bryan Pryor

Managing Director
MVP Capital


Jared Reimer


Wesley Reisz

VP of Technology


Ron Renwick


Matt Russell

Chief Cloud Officer


Sumeet Sabharwal

Group VP & GM


Emil Sayegh


Jonathan Schildkraut


Andy Schroepfer

Founder & CEO
If I Were.XYZ


Jacob Smith


Zachary Smith


Dan Spataro

Director, Data Center Operations & Network Operations


Sean Patrick Tario


Jelle Frank van der Zwet

Director, IT Service Providers


Carl Williams

Director, Network Strategy & Innovation

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Service Providers


  • Complimentary pass to event
  • Limit of 2 per company
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
  • Deposits returned upon attendance

*A $499 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


  • Complimentary pass to event
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
  • Deposits returned upon attendance

*A $499 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.

SR Clients


  • Complimentary pass to event
  • Limit of 2 per company
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report
  • Deposits returned upon attendance

*A $499 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.

General Attendees

$499 USD**

  • Single pass to event
  • Invite to pre-event networking session
  • Access to presentation PPTs
  • Complimentary Structure Research report

**Attendance fee: $499 USD. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.



















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