At almost 1 billion websites that are live today on the internet, web hosting is at the moment one of the hottest online tech industries. From data centers to cloud hosting, from unlimited shared web hosting to cloud containers, the hosting industry offers an impressive number of options for you to host your online infrastructure, be it a single website or application.
Like any other industry, the hosting market is dominated by trends that shape and change it significantly. 2017 is set to be a year marked by deep changes in how we perceive the internet, with a big focus on online privacy and security.
Listed below are some of the trends that are currently developing on the web hosting market:
Cloud Hosting has been around for at least 10 years, but only in the last 2-3 years it has gained enough traction to make it the fastest growing segment of the hosting industry. From LXC containers to fully fledged KVM’s, the global public cloud market size is expected to reach 140 billion US dollars by the end of 2017 and everyone is trying to grab a piece, through PaaS, SaaS or IaaS solutions.
As the market is not yet settled, we expect 2017 to be an explosive year for cloud hosting, and the real cloud leaders can emerge from the ranks of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Adobe and SoftLayer.
With the election of Trump in the US, Brexit happening in Europe, online privacy is diminishing for individuals while states and secret agencies are trying to hoard as much private data as possible. People are becoming involved and more aware of the fact that online privacy is an inalienable right, as such buying more virtual hosting solutions to host their VPN, proxies or VPS through which they can ensure their privacy and freedom online.
While 2017 is just the beggining, we can expect the market for privacy related hosting solutions to grow so it is good to keep an eye on it for the latest developments.
Content Delivery Networks
In 2017, Internet Penetration Rate is expected to reach 50% of the global population, which means that up to 4 billion people will be online. As social and online media are the favorite online activities for the majority of users, we expect data consumption to explode worldwide, meaning that content providers are looking for a way to send their data in a fast and reliable way to every consumer on the globe. While in general international internet speed is still slow, on the local plan things look a little better. In an effort to provide high availability and high performance experiences, content owners and media companies are building Content Delivery Networks to serve content to end-users and dramatically decrease loading times for online media.
Content delivery networks serve a large fraction of the Internet content today, and in 2017 that number is expected to increase dramatically.
With the biggest DDoS attack ever, at over 1 Tbps, hitting a french hosting website in 2016, DDoS Protection has been on everyone’s lips in 2016, with a 125% increase in DDoS Attacks worldwide. DDoS attacks are expected to increase in size and number in 2017, that is why hosting providers have started offering DDoS Protection on almost all of their products, while customers are resorting to CloudFlare and SolarFlare to protect their websites against DDoS Attacks.
In 2017, the number of organizations that offer DDoS Mitigation solutions to enterprise customers is expected to grow drastically, as the internet is becoming increasingly less secure, meaning that the need for internet bandwidth will increase tenfold.
Internet of Things
With the practice of putting internet on every device imaginable, from home security systems to washing machines or microwave ovens, IOT is the new kid on the block and it is here to stay. Looking for a remote server to communicate with and relay data, millions of devices will increase the need for web hosting solutions that can host, compute and use the data sent from IOT devices.
In 2017, IOT market penetration is expected to reach a healthy growth rate and focus on deployment of actual systems, meaning that a lot of hosting infrastructure is needed to be built in order to hold the increasing demand for IOT devices.