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Andrew Blum To Present Keynote at Penton's HostingCon Event
Acclaimed author and journalist to offer a look at the physical infrastructure of the Internet and its impact on the business of the cloud

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's HostingCon, the global event for the cloud and service provider ecosystem, is pleased to announce Andrew Blum, journalist and bestselling author of "Tubes" will keynote HostingCon Global, which will take place in New Orleans, LA, July 24-27 at the New Orleans Convention Center.  Blum's address will discuss the Internet, its infrastructure and the geography and physical architecture of the cloud.

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"We are very excited to have Andrew speak at our 12th annual event," said Cheryl Kemp, conference chair for HostingCon. "He came highly recommended by several members of our advisory board and we are lucky to have such an engaging speaker participate in the show."

"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."

Andrew Blum's book has been highly praised by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Salon, The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, Kirkus Reviews, Bookforum, Scientific American, New Scientist, Brain Pickings, Ars Technica, Science News and many others. As an engaging and well-respected speaker, he has discussed the book at dozens of prominent venues, and when the Edward Snowden/NSA revelations caused the world to take notice, many journalists relied on Tubes as a reference for the Internet's infrastructure.

"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."

In addition to the sessions attendees have come to know and love there will be several new offerings including speed roundtables and lightening talks. In addition, the event will host an exhibition floor that includes prominent businesses in the cloud and service provider ecosystem, the education at HostingCon makes it the place to be to learn how to stay ahead of trends, shift with the ever-changing marketplace and grow business.

HostingCon is the global event for the cloud and service provider ecosystem.  The conference connects the industry including hosting and cloud providers, MSPs, ISVs and other Internet infrastructure providers who make the Internet work to network, learn and grow. HostingCon is a Penton event. For details about HostingCon, visit

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Cheryl Kemp
Director, Community and Conference Content
Penton Technology