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"Web hosters in the small business area [in 2009] will see a dramatic expansion of their services away from just Web hosting and domain names to software and services," Rob Lovell, director of

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


itle='Dramatic Expansion of Services' Expected}

"Web hosters in the small business area [in 2009] will see a dramatic expansion of their services away from just Web hosting and domain names to software and services," Rob Lovell, director of the Worldwide Partnership Program of Web hosting software provider Parallels, and former CEO of Hostway, said in a recent keynote address at his company's Vision conference.

"Low-attrition services are required for companies to continue to grow rapidly in the industry, and with hosting companies already having a huge network of customers, they can simply add on services to suit," Lovell said. "Web site hosting for the consumer will continue to consolidate and commoditize. The big few really are now established, and entrances to the market from Yahoo, Google and Microsoft will impact the lower end of the hosting market considerably."

There are a number of types of hosting services that range from traditional online subscription-type  services to the rental or leasing of data center space within a stand-alone building, in which enterprises utilize the provider's secure space and power draw.

On the site rental side, for example, is 365 Main, which provides infrastructure but no Web services. Located in downtown San Francisco, 365 Main serves as home to Charles Schwab Financial Services, Craigslist.com, RedEnvelope.com, a substantial part of the Sun Microsystems grid system and a number of other sites.

365 Main sold out its space months ago and is expanding to new centers in Oakland and Los Angeles.




 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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