How things change.
Ten years ago, ServInt was a dedicated hosting provider with exclusively physical servers. We were also offering DSL and T1 services which was, in hindsight, a lack of focus that was also evident in our competitors all around us at the time. Most of them aren’t around anymore as a result.
Fast forward to today, there are thousands of hosting providers in many different tiers offering services. Low cost shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting are all abundant and new and fledgling cloud solutions are on the horizon from unexpected industry players like Amazon and Microsoft. Who would have thought that a bookseller and the creators of clippy would ever get into hosting?
That leads us to today. This industry and the services that define it are in a state of transition. Some companies are handling it better than others, and the general consensus is that there is something very new and very exciting on the horizon despite no one knowing exactly what that is.
Will all websites be hosted on a load-balanced, drastically scaleable cloud without a concrete location or will the spine of the internet remain a mishmash of physical, virtual, and cloud based solutions closer to what we already have today?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Photo by Todd Cliff