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If you are involved with web hosting in one way or another, you may wonder where is web hosting going in the future in South Africa? A web hosting company hosts or stores website(s) on its server, which, in turn, is a computer or computer program which controls access to some central resource if you are new to world of web hosting.
Strong opinion predicts that future website hosting will be in the cloud. It has become well-known that most website projects do not require a dedicated server, and that cloud solutions produce several extra advantages. Cloud computing is an IT (information technology) model that enables access everywhere to computer networks, servers, storage, and services.
Have a look at what the experts have to say about the future trends of web hosting.
Users no longer view web hosting in terms of specific hosting services, but are rather wanting complete solutions. Words such as “hosting” and “web hosting” are fading compared to 10 years ago. Instead of clients going for specific hosting services, they now are favouring a more comprehensive and integrated approach, where e-commerce, SEO, and emails are all part of the same web hosting package. E-commerce is when commercial transactions are done online. SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is a method used to improve a website’s prominence on Google Search by improving search rankings for the website without using search adverts.
Another expert opinion highlights the fact that we have this centralised hub mentality about hosting, where clients such as cell phones and laptops communicate with some central data centre. The world trend, however, is the exact opposite, namely, one of decentralisation. This is largely since cell phones and laptops are more powerful computers than data centres themselves. The trend of decentralisation will apply to web hosting itself. Client devices can store as much data as central servers can, and this has bearing on how software will be developed.
In a recent 2017 survey of IT managers, 84% were using cloud technology instead of data centres. A massive increase in demand for the use of cloud technology has been witnessed by cloud-computing service providers such as Google Cloud Platform.
It is predicted that in a decade from now, we will no longer see corporate data centres or web hosting infrastructure being used. Cloud computing is effectively becoming cheaper, with enhanced performance (autoscaling), and maximised security. Autoscaling is a process used in cloud computing, where the number of active servers in a data centre scales automatically, depending on the computational load of the data centre.
Cloud computing web hosting resellers will grow in numbers over the next 10 years. A web host reseller is where a hosted client uses space on the server to host other websites.
Cloud hosting’s most powerful advantage lies in its flexibility, simplicity, and unrestricted scalability, where fast access to various resources such as servers is the order of the day. Other advantages are that minimal interaction is required with the service provider, and the requirement to monitor is minimal. Web host companies will depend progressively more and more on cloud computing and cloud hosting. Self-hosted WordPress, for instance, is only just flexible enough to still can compete with cloud hosting companies, but for how long? Self-hosting refers to using a computer program that is part of an operating system which makes new versions of the same program.
Another opinion states that web hosting will change to super-performing web hosting, where web hosting companies and cloud companies will come synergistically together. Competitors for this scenario are Microsoft and Google. Hosting websites on a single server will be something of the past, as a slow website with some downtime will be considered unacceptable and archaic by users.
Bundling refers to a marketing strategy where products and services are combined as one package, which fits in with the idea of hosting clients wanting a ‘one-stop shop’. Users want everything together.
Users are concerned about all their personal files and information stored in the clouds, and ask themselves how safe are they? Users quite rightly want to know how protected their files are.
Never mind how fancy the computing system such as cloud hosting may be. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and if cybersecurity is not what it should be, the result will be many disgruntled users accompanied by a loss of income for cloud hosting companies. Cybersecurity refers to safeguarding computer systems from theft, as well as from hardware or software damage, and any disruption of services.
Many companies and users are constantly at war against internet fraud and phishing attacks that are trying to steal data and conduct online fraud. Phishing is carried out by cybercriminals, who scam users into releasing vital computer or banking information.
Future web hosting companies including cloud hosting, will have to take the appropriate steps to counter this scourge effectively.
Cybercriminals are constantly trying to hack into cloud systems to steal data. Cloud system providers are trying to devise all sorts of ways that can prevent such hackers form getting into their systems. Hosting companies go to great pains to show their clients how secure their systems are, by showing them the huge investments they are making in security upgrades.
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