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 1-2, 2019
Toronto, Canada

 
 

Presented By

 
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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


 

Agenda

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

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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

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

3:30 - 4:00 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

4:30 - 5:00 PM
Wrap-up and Q&A
Packet and 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 - 3:00 PM
NetApp Best Practices Session

Mara McMahon, Head of Service Provider GTM, NetApp

3:00 - 4:00 PM
NetApp Best Practices Session

Mara McMahon, Head of Service Provider GTM, NetApp

4:00 - 5:00 PM
From Cloud to Edge: Sector Directions
Steve Lee, Managing Director, Layer 7 Capital


Board Room 2

Hosted by Packet

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

Additional Sessions TBD


Board Room 3

Hosted by DH Capital

Sessions TBD

 

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Opening Cocktail Reception - May 1

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

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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. 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 - 9:20 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.

9:25 - 9:40 AM – EDGEucation: Inching Closer to the Edge
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: TBD
PANELIST(S): TBD
DESCRIPTION: The edge is quickly moving from concept to reality. What are edge compute services looking like? What are the real use cases?

9:45 - 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
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: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, 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?

10:40 - 10:55 AM – COFFEE BREAK

10:55 - 11:20 AM – Shifting Strategic Fault Lines
Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Philbert Shih, Managing Director, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Michael Amez, Director, William Blair; Madonna Park, Global Head, Communications Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets; Alexander Luycx, Managing Director, DCS 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?

11:25 - 11:45 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.

11:45 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: Software-Defined Interconnection
[Session Type: Industry Perspectives]
SPEAKER: TBD
PANELIST(S): TBD

1:40 - 2:05 PM – Interconnection Emerges
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research
PANELIST(S): Jason Carolan, Chief Cloud Officer, Flexential
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; Robert Offley, CEO, Centrilogic
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
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; Clint Heiden, CRO, QTS
DESCRIPTION: Retail is slowing, managed hosting is tightening. What is the ideal way forward? What are the new pathways and differentiators?

4:15 - 4:35 PM – Women in Tech
[Session Type: Panel]
SPEAKER: Ilissa MIller, CEO, iMiller Public Relations
PANELIST(S): 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?

 
 
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Location

 
 

Venue:

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

 

Speakers

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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 $299 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.

Register

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 $299 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.

Register

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 $299 USD refundable registration deposit is required. Canadian residents: HST is included and USD is converted to CAD upon checkout.

Register

General Attendees

$299 USD**

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

**Attendance fee: $299 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:

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Contact

For more information regarding the event, please contact:

PHILBERT SHIH
ps@structureresearch.net
+1.647.822.1404

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