The global host computer market demand is expected to grow owing to need for web presence expansion of organizations. With the increase in the technology required for processing & hosting websites, the level of expertise required for effectively and efficiently managing the data centers is anticipated to witness a considerable growth over the forecast period. The small & medium-sized businesses require complex websites which serve mobile & tablet interfaces, and desktops. These businesses further require value-added website design & management services from the industry operators along with web hosting.
Host computers are accessed by a user working at a remote location where the computer systems are connected by modems and telephone lines. The host computers consist of unique IP address that provides the infrastructure for a computer service. The IP addresses are further configured either automatically at start-up by means of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), stateless address auto configuration methods, or manually by an administrator. The host computer networks which participate in applications use the client-server model of computing and can be further classified as client or server systems. Furthermore, the network host computers may also function as nodes in peer-to-peer applications, wherein all the nodes share & consume resources in an equipotent manner.
Virtual hosting is the provision of web server hosting services wherein a company doesn’t need to purchase and maintain its own web server & the connections to the internet. Virtual hosting is also engaged in providing customers websites with registration assistance, an allocation of file storage, and directory setup for the web site files which includes e-mail addresses, HTML & graphic image files, and web site creation services. In case of the individuals or companies with a website, a host refers to a computer with a web server that serves the pages for one or more sites. Virtual hosting implies that the services provided by them are transparent and furthermore, each website will have its own set of e-mail addresses and domain name.
The host computer market can be segmented into four types of web hosting services which include free hosting, shared hosting, dedicated hosting, and collocated hosting. Each hosting account further has its own secure virtual space on the server where the files of the subsequent site can be uploaded. Free web hosting is preferred in case of a non-critical website wherein the connection speed is slow and also advertising banners are automatically added to the website. The shared hosting account offers multiple software solutions like database, different editing options, and e-mail. With dedicated hosting, the web site is hosted on a dedicated server and is preferred for web sites with higher traffic further using special software’s. In collocated hosting an ISP will have dedicated resources which include regulated backup power, high-security against fire and vandalism, and dedicated Internet connections.
Cloud hosting has virtualized networking and storage. With the increase in the adoption rate of the cloud computing services, the infrastructural level of services is expected to drive the host computer market considerably over the forecast period. The cloud computing services include both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Under the IaaS offerings the client is being provided with the virtualized hardware resource wherein the software environment before building the web application can be installed. Additionally, on a PaaS service, the client is provided with the software environment, such as a solution stack further including database support, web server, software operating system, & programming support wherein the web application can be directly installed and developed.
The key host computer market players include AT&T, Equinix, and SAVVIS for collocated hosting. Shared hosting includes players such as Yahoo, and NTT Verio. AT & T offers web hosting environment which, includes share hosting and virtual & managed dedicated servers. These services enable shared space and applications without the need for complex multi-server environment of enterprise hosting.
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In contrast to its related industries like consumer electronics and semiconductors, the data center and communications infrastructure industry is expected to be more buoyant with continued strategic investments made to support the increased network traffic and data usage for remote working during the lockdown phase. From school closures necessitating students to use virtual offerings (Google Classroom ) to the governments using business analytics services (Power BI) for communicating virus updates, the demand for communication services and related infrastructure has witnessed an unprecedented rise amidst the global pandemic. Digital services including telemedicine are expected to remain popular even after the pandemic is contained, thereby ensuring strong growth in the communication infrastructure industry. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.