(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – cPanel’s 2011 Automation Bootcamp recently concluded in Austin, Texas. Aside from talk on the hosting industry, the event offered networking and fun.
The bootcamp started on Monday night with an opening reception titled “Casino Night : Don’t Gamble With the Cloud.” Participants were able to play such games including Texas Hold’Em, Blackjack, and more, all while being given a great chance to network with some of the top players in the industry.
The first full day was held on Tuesday. It brought big news concerning cPanel’s windows web hosting control panel Enkompass, which the company now says will be offered free. As we all can agree, free is good.
Day one’s keynote speaker was SoftLayer Chief Scientist Nathan Day, who in a speech titled “How to build a billion dollar company with a small team and a few years,” discussed company creation in the industry. Day also talked about setting sales goals and paying attention to finances.
Also held Tuesday was a speech by A Small Orange’s Jenn Lepp on Cloud Linux conversion. OnApp also introduced its CDN (Content delivery network).
ServInt’s Christian Dawn talked about federal current events (such as legislation) that could potentially affect the hosting industry in a speech titled “Saving the Hosting Industry.”
Tuesday night involved more networking, including a party hosted by cPanel.
cPanel Automation Bootcamp’s final day began on Wednesday with a keynote address by Ditlev Bredahl of OnApp. Focusing on the business side of the industry, the speech was titled “So you’re in the hosting business. What’s the big idea?”
Distinguishing yourself as a company is a hard task, and Bredahl urged companies to stay realistic by focusing on the pricing aspect of the business, not as much on unachievable goals.
Bredahl also urged the industry to improve what they’re already good at doing, but urged them to invest in R&D (research and development).
Embrace the geek label: Bredahl believes such tech-savvy people are not only good for product creation, but excel at marketing their creations.
Other presentations on Wednesday included talks on Apache/PHP optimization, Enkompass, and PCI compliance. Overall, the event provided unique industry perspectives, insight, networking, and fun. For more information on cPanel Automation Bootcamp, visit: http://bootcamp.cpanel.net