Hosting Data Centers: Your Content Stays Where You Put It
Jan 18, 2011
I’ve pointed out that production data centers have
five different variations, and I’ve covered four of them in previous blogs.
Today, I’ll talk about the fifth—hosting data centers.
Hosting production data centers come from the
classical hosting services market. These
providers started by hosting servers for customers who did not want to maintain
their own server farms. Unlike having
your content in a cloud, you know exactly where your content is—it is in the
servers that the hosting provider manages for you.
Many of these production data centers are regionally
based and serve businesses either in a specific geographic region, or for a
particular type of application.
Due to certain government regulations, various types
of content cannot leave their countries of origin. Records of
certain types of
transactions must be kept within geopolitical domains. This excludes global cloud data centers from
providing services to these companies and concerns.
Hosting providers are moving towards offering aaS
services as well. This is convenient for
their existing customers who may wish to have a more flexible model of
outsourced support while still knowing where their data is located.
The hosting business is going through perhaps the greatest
transition of all the different types of data centers. There are multiple variations of companies
which provide hosting, access, internet and various services which are
expanding into adjacent markets to allow hosting to be a part of their
traditional or new service menus.
providers expand to offer hosted services as well as connectivity
services. An example of this is Zen
Internet, who wanted to create a streamlined, cost-effective
and manageable data center infrastructure that delivers the reliability and
scalability required to support its growing number of business customers.