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How Will You Host Your Website In 10 Years?

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.

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  1. I both agree and disagree with you on some levels. On "just wanting it to work", it's a lot like computer OS's. At the end of the day, people don't REALLY care what operating system they are running...they just want to run applications. That's part of the attractiveness of things like Google Chrome OS and projects from Mozilla. On the other end, people who make a living online have certain needs and desire certain features that require a tremendous overhaul at the infrastructural level. Take for example cross country backups and synchronization, something that people really really want. That would require incredible software that could simultaneously sync databases in different timezones, not to mention having duplicate IP addresses and really fat pipes to move that information fast enough. On the surface, it sounds reasonable and like something that is just a few command line taps away, but in reality it's hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of investment with technology that only partially exists right now. Thanks for your comment!
  2. Scalable means a lot. Internet changes all, more and more peoples will come in and asking more and even single website of unknown person will still get a big traffic. Normal customers known nothing about load-balance, cloud, physical, virtual and etc. They just want to focus on what they want to do on internet and they just want it work. That is my thought.
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