Bestselling author and journalist Andrew Blum will deliver the keynote address at HostingCon Global 2016 New Orleans, Penton has announced. Blum’s book Tubes, A Journey to the Center of the Internet, was widely praised by prominent publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Scientific American when it was released in 2012, even before it became the handbook for many journalists attempting to understand the revelations of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks.
“Andrew helps to untangle the spider web of how the Internet connects,” said Robert DeVita, Chief Sales Officer for fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty and HostingCon Advisory Board member. “His content is a must see for anyone in the hosting, cloud and data center space.”
Blum will give the address just before the Open Networking Reception in Exhibition Hall at the close of the first full day on Monday, July 25. In it he will discuss the Internet’s infrastructure and cloud computing in terms of its geography and physical architecture.
“Hosting and cloud providers have become the linchpin of the Internet as we use it everyday,” said Andrew Blum. “I’m eager to address this group about the history, context and stakes of the Internet’s ‘tubes,’ which are so crucial to the services the attendees and exhibitors provide.”
The New York Times praised Blum for his “knack for bundling packets of data into memorable observations” in “Tubes.” His experience includes contributing to tech and science publications like Wired, Gizmodo and Popular Science, as well as Business Week and other business publications, and delivering addresses to TED Global and the London School of Economics.
This background gives Blum a unique perspective with which to tie the specific business concerns of players in the hosting and cloud service ecosystem, and the many educational topics of HostingCon Global, all together into a big picture view of the ecosystem.
More details and further announcements are available at the HostingCon Global website. Early Bird registration saves $100, and a few speaking opportunities and exhibitor booths remain, so act now to be a part of the industry’s leading conference and trade show.