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Cloud Leadership Summit 2019 successfully brings together leaders in the Indian cloud and hosting industry

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An unparalleled event for the leaders in the cloud and hosting industry in India, Cloud leadership summit 2019 concluded successfully in Goa.  The event that took place at Hotel Le Méridien Calangute, Goa, India from 8 to 10 November, brought together CEOs and heads of the leading multinationals in the Indian cloud and hosting industry together in a relaxed setting.

There were the following sessions at the event.

1.Panel Discussion: Future of Web Hosting in 2020 and Beyond

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The panelists included Tarun Dua, CEO – E2E Networks, Narendra Sen, CEO – Rackbank and Samir Jhaveri, CEO – XcellHost Cloud.

There was a discussion on the future of web hosting and how web hosting companies have to evolve in order to remain relevant and grow stronger.

There were also discussions on the growth of the Indian datacenter industry and its future. With niche markets still open, what should service providers do to compete with three big public cloud providers?  Further, they discussed how to provide services to customers with open source tools.

  1. The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by the sponsors – Acronis and ZNet Technologies.

In this session, the Acronis team told about how the web hosting, data center, and the cloud industry can comply with the data localization laws in India by offering Acronis cloud services to their customers.

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  1. Panel Discussion: Growth hacking with sustainable marketing for scaling up your hosting business

The panelists were Munesh Jadoun, CEO – ZNet Technologies, Danish Wadhwa, CEO – Webdew and Dhanasekar Mani, CEO – OVI Hosting.

As web hosting has evolved to cloud hosting, hyperscale and serverless computing so has the marketing techniques for web hosting services. In this session, there was a deep dive into how effective offline and online marketing is, best practices along with recommended tools for improving SEO and company presence across social media platforms. The points that were discussed:

  • Email marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • SEO and content marketing
  • Offline marketing
  • CRM and tools for tracking leads and opportunities
  • Digital marketing cheat sheet and best practices
  • Outsource vs DIY?

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  1. Panel Discussion: Web Hosting Automation – Tools, Resources and best practices

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The panelists included Sabarinathan Sampath, COO – ZNet Technologies, Ishan Talahati, CEO – Leapswitch, and Tarun Dua, CEO – E2E Networks.

The discussion was held around how the hosters can automate their hosting business- this covered the tools, resources and best practises of how web hosting companies worldwide are automating the daily tasks for deployment, monitoring and also for support. The points that were discussed included:

  • Virtualization automation tools.
  • Ansible automation
  • Monitoring for VMs and service end points
  • cPanel, Plesk and other control panels for hosters.
  • AV and malware prevention for Linux and Windows
  • Support automation
  • WHMCS – Are there any other viable alternatives
  1. The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by the sponsors – Intel and RP tech India.

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  1. Panel Discussion: AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud: Demystifying Multi-Cloud Operations

The panelists were Arun Bansal, CEO – Mantra Tech, Rahul Kukure, CEO – Hostin Services and Bharat Bala, ReadyDedis, LLC

Multi-Cloud expertise is essential for the growth of web hosting providers and in this session, there were discussions around the best practices for managing multi-cloud operations, right pricing your services along with client expectations and the skills required for the team to manage multi-cloud hosting services.

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In the end, there was a session on digital marketing best practices by Danish Wadhwa, CEO, Webdew.

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The attendees were quite elated with the three days sessions where they got to expand their knowledge realm and find solutions to their business problems.

Team DHN is looking ahead to cover Cloud Leadership Summit 2020!

Suggested Reading: Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 brought together leaders in hosting and the cloud industry

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CloudLinux Signs Distribution Partnership with India-based Znet Technologies

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The maker of Linux-based operating systems for web hosting providers, CloudLinux, has announced a distribution partnership for the CloudLinux family of products with ZNet Technologies from India.

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Intermax-company Bizway Wins European Hosting Services Tender from SURF

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Bizway BV, specialist in hosting and system management and part of the Intermax Group, has won the European tender for the provisioning of web hosting and migration services to SURF.

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“HostBill automates repetitive, routine tasks, that cost time and money”– Kris Pajak, Founder & CEO, HostBill

HostBill is a popular billing and automation software for the web hosting industry with thousands of clients (Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers) all over the world.

This year in November, HostBill celebrates its 10 years anniversary. We interviewed Kris Pajak, HostBill CEO, and asked him about the changes in the web hosting industry in the past 10 years, how HostBill platform has evolved over the years and what are the plans of HostBill in 2020. Read on…

1. Let’s begin with a brief introduction of yours and an overview of HostBill.

I’m Kris Pajak – founder and CEO of HostBill. HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for the web hosting industry. Our software handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support.

HostBill is mostly meant for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers. The company was founded in 2009 and this year we are celebrating 10 years in business.

2. What pain points can HostBill eliminate for web hosts and other service providers?

HostBill core feature is automation – with our software you can automate repetitive, routine tasks, that usually cost not only time but also money. Powerful automation that HostBill provides also has another advantage: it helps to eliminate human errors. And with HostBill, you can not only automate all of the billing operations but also service provisioning and management. With custom automation tasks, you can create your own automation rules and perform certain actions based on criteria that you specify.

Another thing that HostBill can help with is compliance. We provide our clients with the tools that help with compliance with various legal requirements, such as GDPR, PCI, Moss, EU billing and more, so our clients don’t have to worry about looking for multiple solutions. It’s all built into HostBill.

3. Does it also help cloud service providers (CSPs)? If yes, what cloud services can be billed using it?

In short: yes, HostBill is an all-embracing solution to cater to the needs of businesses with diversified product and services portfolio, including cloud service providers.

We provide a number of public cloud integrations for easier reselling of such services. Our integrations are also equipped with advanced billing features and multiple billing models, including metered billing and the tools to measure and control resource usage over time, which can be especially useful to CSPs.

4. Please share with our readers how HostBill has evolved over the years to meet the growing demands of its customers.

HostBill was created in 2009 and since the beginning our approach was “Customer knows best”. When we released HostBill 1.0.0. it was capable of managing invoices, tickets, orders, domains and hosting accounts, but with functionalities much more limited than today.

Now HostBill has evolved into an extremely feature-rich software with a multitude of plugins and most of the features we developed since 2009 were requested by our clients.

End-user feedback is crucial to our success. We value and take into consideration every suggestion to constantly improve HostBill according to our customers’ expectations. We grow as our clients grow and as they bring new products to market and face new challenges, we simply help them to find the solutions they need.

5. What was your motivation behind developing an innovative platform like HostBill?

HostBill was actually born from my and the former co-founder’s experience – I used to work as a software developer in various hosting companies and I actually wanted to create a software that would help people like me. There is a saying in the IT: ‘If you’re doing something more than once = automate it’. Automation became my hobby as it was the ultimate problem-solver in many areas of my daily work. And HostBill is all about problem-solving.

Also, as we’re using HostBill on daily basis ourselves, we wanted to “scratch our own itch” – create something that we know for sure is going to be useful as we will be using it on our own. For example, since 2013 we’ve decided to release every week, we’ve implemented the auto-update plugin to make updates a breeze for both ourselves and our customers.

6. What according to you will be the web hosting trends in 2020? Is HostBill ready to adapt to these trends?

I think in 2020 there will be a strong trend for professionalisation and value-added services as well as managed hosting. Shared hosting alone is barely a thing now, you need to offer hosting, domain, website builder, WordPress and professional services on top of that, at an affordable price. HostBill is ready for that as it connects all the necessary dots with its features and integrations.

Related read: What makes Plesk the preferred choice of WordPress developers?

7. That’s great! How do you think HostBill has an edge over other billing and automation platforms in the market?

As I already mentioned, we develop based on our customer requests and as such we’re the first with new features that clients really need. What also matters is how fast we react to the changes in the industry, and we release new features every week! That fast release cycle and regular updates helped us build a strong community behind our product.

Another advantage is the multitude of plugins and integrations developed in house, that enable our clients to jump into new markets and service offerings without the need for external integrators.

8. What were the main challenges that you faced while marketing HostBill when it was new in the market?

I think the biggest challenge was being compared to others who are longer on the market. As in any business being an underdog is hard at the beginning, but being small gave us something that bigger competitors were lacking – nimbleness.

9. How did you overcome these challenges?

We kept new releases coming, bringing new features that others did not have or did not listen to their customers to implement.

10. Tell us about the main integrations that your platform provides.

It’s hard to pick one as we integrate every major hosting-related control panels, popular payment gateways and domain registrars. We have hundreds of integrations available in our marketplace and in 2019 alone we’ve released nearly 50 new integrations! Our integrations allow to sell and automate Cloud, VPS Hosting, Shared Hosting, DNS Services, Email Services, Backup and Cloud Sharing solutions, Game and Voice Servers, SSL services, VPN service, website builders, Licenses and much more.

11. What’s in the roadmap 2020 for HostBill?

In 2020, we’re going to focus on new, more robust and transparent billing engine to give admin better control of recurring service prices. We’re also planning to release a refreshed client portal and we’re also working on improved domain and DNS management features. Besides, we want to keep on releasing new HostBill versions every week, with new features and integrations our clients are looking for.

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Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 brought together leaders in hosting and the cloud industry

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The Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 event kicked off in Singapore on October 11, bringing together the web hosts, tech enthusiasts, and like-minded people in the industry.

With the theme “Drive Digital Transformation Now”, the event explored what’s new in Plesk Obsidian, a look behind the development of Obsidian, WordPress Community insights, valuable marketing tips, and much more.

Plesk Obsidian is a powerful management platform for servers, websites, applications, as well as hosting & cloud businesses. It became generally available this month only. Full details and the new features of Plesk Obsidian are available here.

Along with these, the Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 also provided a platform to the attendees to meet peers, inspiring speakers, and explore new opportunities to network and connect with experts and leaders in the industry.

There were around ten sessions about Plesk Obsidian, Managed WordPress hosting, the impact of digital transformation on the web hosting industry, expanding business with Acronis, etc.

These were the key topics discussed at the event:

  • The Rise Of Plesk Obsidian – Jan Löffler, CTO, Plesk
  • A look behind the scenes of Plesk Obsidian Development – Andrey Kugaevsky, Senior Program Manager, Plesk
  • Vickson’s Diaries – Vickson Tan, Graphic web designer and digital marketing strategist, Exabytes
  • Bloggers need Managed WordPress Hosting too! – Liew Cheon Fong, WordPress consultant
  • How to build a WordPress Millenium Falcon with Plesk Extensions – Markus Galler, VP of Sales, Plesk
  • Stranger Things on WordPress Hosting – Sam Suresh, Founder of MU DOT MY PLT
  • Patricia’s Guide to the Galaxy – Patricia Hillebrand, Director of Global Channels, Plesk
  • Automating protection and expanding business with Acronis – Oleg Prosvetov, Technology consultant, Acronis
  • From Complexity to Simplicity – Maik Broemme, Senior Product Manager, Virtuozzo
  • How Digital Transformation affects the Hosting Industry – Gavin Gibson, COO and Co-Founder, Dreamescape Networks, Singapore; Andy Saw, COO, Exabytes Networks; Manoj Dhanda, CEO and Founder, MicroHost
Also read: Web Werks announces partnership with Plesk to offer fully integrated hosting services across India

The Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019 was a great success, with positive responses from the web hosts, partners, and other attendees. If you attended the event, let us know your experience via the comments below.

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1&1 IONOS Chooses Dropsuite Email Archiving to Expand its Solutions Portfolio

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One of world’s largest hosting companies, 1&1 IONOS, has chosen Dropsuite Email Archiving to help Its customers safeguard their email data.

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UK Hosting Company Cyber Host Pro Swallows Up EZPZ Hosting

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The Hosting Heroes LTD, a cloud services and web hosting solutions company more widely known as Cyber Host Pro, has acquired EZPZ Hosting. Hosting Heroes will acquire the EZPZ Hosting assets, which includes 2,000 current customers.

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Large Bulgarian Hosting Provider Launches New Web Hosting Brand

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ICN, one of the largest hosting providers in Bulgaria, has launched its new web hosting brand, HostPulse.net – to serve the international web hosting market.

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Web Werks announces partnership with Plesk in India

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Global data center and cloud services provider, Web Werks, has announced a partnership with Plesk – the management platform designed to help IT specialists.

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HostPapa Acquires Lunarpages, PacificHost, Santa Barbara Web Hosting, and E-Solutions

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Canada-based web hosting company HostPapa has acquired several of Add2Net’s web hosting brands including Lunarpages, PacificHost and Santa Barbara Web Hosting, and E-Solutions. Financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed.

The original source for ths post is HostPapa Acquires Lunarpages, PacificHost, Santa Barbara Web Hosting, and E-Solutions on Website Hosting Review.