Inspiring Speeches from Plesk at CloudFest ‘21

Another year of CloudFest has come and gone, leaving excitement for the future and inspiration for the hosting and developer community. Although for the first time CloudFest was held completely online, the challenge created a unique and fulfilling experience for all attendees.

On day one, the talks explored the theme, ‘The Intelligent Cloud’, looking at the possibility of AI in the cloudscape. Then, the topic ‘Web Pros in the Cloud’ was at the forefront for day two, an area of interest that directly impacts the Plesk community. So what better day to present advice and news from our expert team!

So, as part of day two, there were multiple opportunities to hear directly from Plesk insiders, giving insights into the landscape for web professionals in 2021. Among other news, during the conference we had the pleasure of announcing the acquisition of our newest family member, NIXStats, and we were inspired by Jens Meggers’ call to action that now is the best time to build.

Here’s a rundown of the speeches by key members of the Plesk team:

 

March 24th 2021

Speaker: Jens Meggers – CEO of Plesk & cPanel

Speaking as CEO of the server Saas group, WebPros, Jens Meggers delivered a motivational speech, encouraging the attending community of web professionals to keep building. In this climate of rapid online growth, he argues, the time to build is now. Listen in to hear his insights into the world of hosting and server management in an era of speedy innovation and change.

Speaker: Jan Loeffler - CTO of Plesk

In this speech - delivered by the tech genius who keeps Plesk products top-of-the-line - we learned about the importance of choosing the best, reliable platform right from the start that builds an environment suitable for developers. Jan’s engaging report took us through the essential checklist for attracting the best DevOps talent, taking the CloudFest audience through success stories from the last 12 months.

Lucas Radke CloudFest Plesk workshop

Panelist: Lucas Radke - Product Manager at Plesk

Taking part in an enlightening workshop hosted by WordPress experts and our very own Lucas Radke, this educational event at CloudFest drew a considerable crowd, eager to learn from the best. The panel discussion was aimed at championing success on the web, just like the rest of our Plesk products.

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Speaker: Jens Meggers – CEO of Plesk & cPanel
Speaking as CEO of the server Saas group, WebPros, Jens Meggers delivered a motivational speech, encouraging the attending community of web professionals to keep building. In this climate of rapid online growth, he argues, the time to build is now. Listen in to hear his insights into the world of hosting and server management in an era of speedy innovation and change.

Speaker: Jan Loeffler – CTO of Plesk
In this speech – delivered by the tech genius who keeps Plesk products top-of-the-line – we learned about the importance of choosing the best, reliable platform right from the start that builds an environment suitable for developers. Jan’s engaging report took us through the essential checklist for attracting the best DevOps talent, taking the CloudFest audience through success stories from the last 12 months.
Lucas Radke CloudFest Plesk workshop

Panelist: Lucas Radke – Product Manager at Plesk
Taking part in an enlightening workshop hosted by WordPress experts and our very own Lucas Radke, this educational event at CloudFest drew a considerable crowd, eager to learn from the best. The panel discussion was aimed at championing success on the web, just like the rest of our Plesk products.
Alongside the talks, the virtual booths for this year’s CloudFest got the Plesk team of account managers, marketers, product managers and support engineers networking! With live chatting, meeting rooms and networking opportunities, the whole team was thrilled to meet with partners another year. Did you attend CloudFest this year? What did you learn? Would you like another chance to network with our dedicated team? Leave us a comment below, or get in touch with your account manager! See you at the next conference for web professionals!

Heads up: Plesk and WebPros speakers at Cloudfest 2020

Cloudfest 2020 - Cancelled - Plesk Sponsor

Cloudfest is by far the most important cloud-computing conference in the world. Over 4 days, 7,000 attendees, 200 exhibitors, and 250 speakers come together to create an unmissable event that celebrates everything new and exciting in tech and innovation. Cloudfest 2020 will explore how the cloud industry is preparing for the AI evolution in technology, oversight, economics, and morality.

Thanks to the stellar line up of newsmakers, influencers, and web experts, it’s sure to inspire top keynotes, game-changing network sessions, and legendary parties. We’ll be attending Cloudfest as a sponsor with a booth (G33) along with the whole Web Pros team. Plesk CTO Jan Loeffler, Director of Program Management Sergey Egorov, and Senior Program Manager Andy Kugaevskiy will deliver highly-anticipated talks. Moreover, we will have special Plesk certifications happening thanks to Ivan Butorin  – Plesk education expert, and Roman Basalyko – support expert.

Sergey Egorov Talks About Plesk Obsidian

Sergey’s talk will explore the importance of a lightweight SaaS experience for staying relevant and competitive in every stage of a web project. It will be perfect for those interested in what Plesk can offer them in terms of SaaSification.

Future of Hosting and Cloud Management – Jan Loeffler (with Todd Mitchell)

Jan will be speaking alongside COO and WebPros expert Todd Mitchell, about the Future Vision of Hosting & Cloud Management: How WebPros can help your business reach maximum growth. This talk is the one for you if you want to know how WebPros—a partnership between Plesk, cPanel, XOVI, Solus IO, and WHMCS—can be a game-changer for your business and your future growth.

WordPress Toolkit as a managed WordPress hosting solution is becoming available to all hosters this year. Sr Program Manager, Andrey, is covering WordPress Toolkit’s integration with cPanel and the upcoming market release. You can learn about WordPress Toolkit as a centralized, platform-agnostic, stand-alone product – also coming soon. Plus, upcoming support and integration changes and features to be introduced in version updates this year.

Get Plesk Certified with Ivan Butorin and Roman Basalyko

Thanks to our two Plesk experts, Ivan and Roman, web hosting product/project managers and web professionals will learn to deploy Plesk and provide specialized hosting solutions. And receive a certification as proof. You can check out the full session agenda here. Secure your spot as seats are limited!

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Book Your Sessions Now

Cloudfest will be held between March 16-19 in the theme park and resort, Europa Park, in Germany. You can find the full WebPros/CloudFest 2020 Agenda here, along with details of each session and their speakers.

All sessions will be held at the Hotel El Andaluz, Alhambra Meeting Room. You can also use the link to secure your place and register for the talks. We highly recommend doing this sooner rather than later! We look forward to seeing you there as we learn, ask questions and share feedback.

 

We can’t wait for this year’s Cloudfest. Are you attending? Let us know your thoughts below. We hope to see you there for some serious business and some serious fun.

Top Cloudfest Hackathon Results You Need to Know [Video]

Top Cloudfest Hackathon Results You Need to Know - Plesk

Over 90 contributors, fueled by pizza and coffee, produced mind-blowing results at the fourth edition of Cloudfest Hackathon. Our Pleskians contributed to many of the seven projects, with CTO Jan Löffler as team captain for the “Hack My Hoster” project. Here’s a closer look at our accomplishments this year.

Hack my Hoster – Jan Löffler from Plesk

How secure is your hosting provider? Who leads as a role model and who falls behind? The target of this project was to protect the customers of the most popular hosting companies against hackers. How? By revealing security vulnerabilities and pushing the liable providers to fix them before being exploited.

Jan and his team reviewed and tested settings for web server, PHP and database. Also, they reviewed and tested SSL certificates, and checked password security and authentication methods. In the end, they performed own scripted intrusion tests and uploaded Malware to test security scanners. Then, Jan presented how the different hosters performed in the tests.

We were happy to find two role models in this category: HostPress and Kinsta. Because the ways in which they protect their customers exceeded our expectations. As a result, the team stated they would like to team up with these hosting companies to offer an even better solution. And Jan went on to give his CloudFest keynote in front of 100s of hosters about better protecting their customers.

Domain Connect DNS Provider – Arnold Blinn, GoDaddy

Domain Connect is an open standard that makes it easy for a user to configure DNS. This is for a domain running at a DNS provider to work with a service running at an independent service provider. During previous CloudFest hackathons, this team worked on sample implementations and third-party integrations – including a full Plesk implementation in 2018.

But this year, Arnold and his team worked on a DNS Provider Library. So proof of concept implementations for cPanel, Bind and PowerDNS have been built on top of this.

Domain Connect Panel at Cloudfest 2019

Moreover, a Domain Connect panel took place with Arnold, our Jan Loeffler, Pawel Kowalik and Kellie Peterson. While representing Plesk, IONOS, and Automattic, they explained why Domain Connect is important to simplify DNS management for website owners. And how easy it was to implement it for their companies.

ID4me Plugin Fiesta – Pawel Kowalik, IONOS

ID4me is a new open digital identity service providing seamless user onboarding and authentication. They return control over digital identities back into the hands of users via an independent SSO solution. During the hackathon, this identity service was implemented for 12 client integrations, including Plesk, and two authority services. But it was 11 that ended up having a working solution.

The protocol has thus been proven and tested for interoperability. Besides IONOS, GoDaddy, OpenXchange and many others, Plesk will support login via ID4me similar to “Login with Facebook” or Google.

Application <=> Server Management Protocol (ASMP) – Alain Schlesser, Bright Nucleus

The ASMP protocol tries to enable management operations. Because they want to bridge the gap between applications and the server environment they run on. This keeps the initiative and responsibility with the application owner, while keeping the hoster’s full control of the actual implementation.

During the hackathon, the working group started work on an RFC and fleshed out an Open API 3-specification. Additionally, they did a proof of concept. Resulting in a PHP client library, a PHP sample server, and a WordPress plugin complete with docker setup. In order to run end-to-end tests with this new protocol.

Finally, several big players have stated their interest in this protocol, with the two biggest CMS systems on the application side, and Plesk/cPanel as well as major hosts like GoDaddy on the server side.

Hoster wtf – Marc Nilius from WP Wartung 24

The end-user hosting experience can vary dramatically, especially in the shared hosting environment. Most hosting companies have individual configuration backends as well as different configuration or infrastructure stacks. It can become quite challenging for an end-user to find the best hosting partner according to their individual needs.

So Marc’s team, which I had the pleasure to be a part of, established a list of quality criteria. So that we could test different hosting packages. The focus was set on easy registration and onboarding, end-user support and technical requirements (for CMS).

During the hackathon, we tested seven international and German hosting providers specialized in managed WordPress hosting. Marc briefly presented the results and showcased some true “Hoster wtf” issues we discovered during testing. The mid-term goals are to first add a ranking to the criteria list. Then, to provide a comparable list of shared hosting plans and providers. As well as to offer additional help for configuration pitfalls for these hosts.

Cloudfest Hackathon 2019

We’ll keep a close eye on these five projects to see what more comes out of them. Meanwhile, we look forward to the fifth Cloudfest Hackathon in 2020! See you there?

When CTO, Jan Loeffler, reveals Plesk Hosting Tactics at Cloudfest 2018 [Video]

Successful Hosting Tactics Revealed at Cloudfest 2018

Our Plesk CTO, Jan Loeffler, made his grand entrance at CloudFest, Rust, yesterday. As he entered the main forum room bouncing a Plesk-branded football, the Fifa World Cup anthem came on for all to hear. He was going to share inside tactics on how to win, what he called, the ‘Hosting Champions League’.

Jan joined Plesk 2 years ago as CTO with the vision to have Plesk become the leading hosting control panel worldwide, and keep it that way. He’s a diehard football fan. But there’s another thing he feels absolutely passionate about – and that’s cloud hosting. At Cloudfest 2018, he brought these two worlds together.

Jan Loeffler holding a football at his Cloudfest 2018 talk - Secret tactics of how to win the Hosting Champions League

When hosting becomes a game, you need to go long and strong to win the league and increase your revenues. Now Jan reveals how to take home the gold, with collected advice from none other than our very own Pleskian community.

Who are the likely Hosting contenders?

Think of the hosting industry as if it were a football league game. Where would you put your money? And if you think of the likely contenders – how well are they playing the game, and what are they doing?

This is what Jan’s trying to gauge when we look internally. Are we being team players? Are we coaching our customers on what’s best? According to Jan, you can only win the Hosting Game by adapting to what your customers want.

Jan’s advice for all the Hosting teams out there

Offer Hyper-tailored Solutions

How can you score and win the hosting cup? Jan insists that hosters can only compete with giants like AWS by offering cloud service solutions to customers on top of their standard offers.

“Customers want simplicity and great service, which is something that’s difficult for companies like AWS to provide. This is where you, hosters, should step up and become your customers’ coaches. You have the experience and the infrastructure to “tackle the defense” and to advise them to design perfectly adapted solutions.”

Notice the current hosting scene and how many traditional hosters have ignored the winds of changed and not adapted. None of these traditional hosters would have made it to the Premier League if this were a tournament. Jan suggests offering a custom solution and charging a higher price.

Address the Current Web Developer Trends

Get on the WordPress Wagon. WordPress dominates as the most popular way of building websites with 30% of all websites built on this platform worldwide. Half the WP sites out there are hosted by 15 hosting groups. Jan says “WordPress is a must-have for all hosters and service providers”. The current hosting winner for WordPress is GoDaddy as they host most of the wordpress sites all over the world.

Plesk audience at Jan Loeffler's Cloudfest 2018 talk - Winning the hosting champions league

 

Another one is git. Why don’t hosters use git if 70% of web developers use it as their source control system? That’s why Jan advises hosters to include this in their offering. Go where your customers are.

The Call to Hosters

Our hosting partners continue to launch new products, and now they’re even doing so with the new Plesk Onyx and all its updates. We’re talking AI, SEO, Security – the works. So a big thank you to the following hosting partners for their immediate support with our latest product: Infortelecom, UOL, InterNetX, ZNetLive, Conetix, Codero, A2 Hosting, Axarnet, Webplus, Exabytes, Managed.com, OzHosting, 34sp.com, Ptisp. Jan quotes Van Gogh in saying that it’s all the little things that lead to success, and we all agree. 

Plesk Cloudfest 2018 Talk by Jan Loeffler - Great things are done by a series of small things brought together - Van Gogh

 

Finally, Jan encourages hosters to step out of their comfort zone and team up Plesk. A proven ally that runs on all the major cloud players, like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. You can plan your gameplay with the all-in-one platform in your corner. And use the available extensions and features in order to win the Hosting Cup. Even the sky isn’t the limit when you can scale to the cloud. 

So, who won the Plesk football?

You didn’t think the Plesk-branded football was just a prop, did you? What would Cloudfest be without a little competition added to the mix? Jan fired a Plesk-Trivia question to the audience, promising to award the Adidas ball to the first correct respondent. “Which is the most visited feature page in Plesk?” he asked.

Answers started shooting from all directions. “WordPress Toolkit” – good following, but no. The “Extension Catalog” – nope, even more than that.  “The Dashboard?” – close, but no. And it wasn’t the login page either! “The help page?” – no, that’s low on the most viewed list, says Jan cheekily.

Plesk Cloudfest 2018 Talk - Jan Loeffler with football winner Patrick Blank from WSPN

 

In the end, it was Patrick Blank from WSPN who gave the right answer and took home the football. Let’s leave a bit of mystery here. Can you guess what the most visited feature page on Plesk is? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch Jan Loeffler’s full keynote speech here

Video Update (March 20, 2018): We now have Plesk CTO – Jan Loeffler’s entire talk below. It’s 23 minutes of great insights – hit play to have a listen. Jan also shares what’s new on Plesk Onyx, justifying all the buzz around it. And the answer to the trivia question will be revealed at the end: “Which is the most visited feature page on Plesk?”

What you may have missed at last weekend’s Cloudfest Hackathon

This year, the intention behind the Cloudfest Hackathon was for the big guys to contribute to the open source communities. The pitched projects were across different CMS – WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, and involved diverse companies. The participating developers and sys-admins were free to choose which projects they wanted to contribute to. And so the event began!

The Cloudfest Hackathon Event

Cloudfest Hackathon event location 2018 - Plesk sponsors

Inside Europa-Park in Rust, the Cloudfest Hackathon kicked off with a casual get-together lunch. And with the presentations of the open source projects by host Jeffrey Hardy, it was time to hack! It was also time to repeatedly hear the most used expressions in the development world: “But it works on my machine”, “Must be a bug” or “This worked earlier!”

Some were more prepared than others – check out these guys’ matching hackathon wardrobe and hairstyles. We take the Cloudfest Hackathon coordination very seriously around here.

Though it was clear that most people are used to collaborating together on projects remotely, it still seemed like an overall amazing experience to bring everyone together and create some great code with those like-minded people, in person.

Plesk Team on Projects 1 and 5

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Here at Plesk, we’re very supportive of open source projects. So we were more than happy to help co-organize the event and be part of a great sponsor list. That way, attendees could go without having to worry about accommodation and travel expenses. Our fellow Pleskians participated in developing 2 out of 6 proposed projects. Project 1: “Automated security check for WordPress plugins” and Project 5: “Domain Connect Example DNS Provider”.

Cloudfest Hackathon 2018 - Project 1 - Plesk
Cloudfest Hackathon 2018 - Project 5 - Plesk

For project 1, we built a simplified command line tool to extract security reports out of the RIPS static analyzer. Then it sends them to given email addresses to integrate them into CI tools or extension pipelines. Just like the WordPress plugin repository SVN. As for project 5, I’ll let our CTO, Jan, tell you all about that:

Project insights from David and Arnold – CMS Garden and GoDaddy

I got the chance to chat with two iconic people behind the projects ideas we got involved in – David Jardin (CMS Garden) and Arnold Blinn (GoDaddy).

David met the founders of a German startup who located an important safety gap in Joomla core with a security scanner tool they had developed. The Joomla community strived to implement the tool into the Joomla extensions directory to use it for plugin and core review. Today, 30% of all websites run on WordPress and David’s passionate about making the web a safer place. That’s why he suggested working on this project for the WordPress CMS, as well during the Cloudfest Hackathon.

One of Plesk’s main goals is to make the web a safer place and ease the workload that comes with managing WordPress and Joomla! sites. Find out more about the toolkits we developed to facilitate your working life by clicking below.

Project number 5 was already a huge success during last year’s Cloudfest hackathon. Arnold explained that Domain Connect is an open standard that makes it easy for a user to configure DNS for a domain running at a DNS provider to work with a Service running at an independent Service Provider. The user can do so without understanding any of the complexities of DNS. This project is very valuable and it’s kind of surprising that it has not been initiated and realized years ago. This project had the most contributors by far with up to 12 people working on it at the same time.

The result was a step higher than we thought

The Cloudfest Hackathon lasted 3 days with 55 coders working on 6 different projects until the late evenings. This edition had brilliant minds behind it like Timo Kargus, David Jardin, Sabrina Waltz and our CTO Jan Löffler.

Plesk at Cloudfest Hackathon 2018 - I'm a nerd - get over it

This team managed to create a unique and inclusive setting for innovative projects and brilliant code in a laid-back atmosphere that we won’t easily forget. And they happily confirmed that the new open-source thinking everyone brought to the Cloudfest Hackathon was a huge success.

The idea is to move further in this direction and to aim for more participants and open source projects across different CMS next year. Cloudfest’s organizer team will soon be in the early planning stages for 2019’s edition. And we can tell you now – us Pleskians will be involved in one way or another. Stay tuned.