More and more businesses are giving up on shared hosting and opting for either a dedicated server or cloud hosting. The main reasons behind it are exceptional power, security, and control.
With a dedicated server, the website owners don’t need to share their resources with other websites. Both the dedicated servers and cloud offer stronger security, scalability, better performance, ability to attract more traffic and handle it.
As per a report by Statista, the dedicated hosting market is growing rapidly. In 2016, it was valued at $5.12 billion and is expected to reach $6.53 billion by 2020. On the other hand, the cloud computing and hosting market will hit $156.4 billion by 2020, from just $85.96 billion in 2016.
Having said that, the following are the latest trends in dedicated servers and cloud computing market that will mark the year 2019:
Top Dedicated Server Trends
1. Increased affordability
Dedicated servers are becoming more economical than ever before. The reason behind it is that more people are choosing dedicated hosting to meet their demands. This has increased competition among web hosts. As a result, they have started to offer the service at a lower price.
Another reason behind affordability is that the bandwidth costs are also witnessing a decline over the last several years.
2. Emphasis on cyber-security
Cybersecurity Ventures forecasted that cyber-threats will cost around $6 trillion per year by 2021. This shows that cybercrime is going to be more profitable than the trade of illegal drugs around the world.
DDoS attacks, data breach, and ransomware are becoming mainstream. While these threats aren’t supposed to stop people from using online services, but there is a high demand to boost IT security.
Therefore, the web hosts are focusing on providing stronger security features with the dedicated servers and other web hosting plans. For instance, some of them offer free SSL certificates and standard DDoS attack protection, while others offer such security features at a cost.
3. Rise in demand for dedicated gaming servers
The modern online games can be played best when they are hosted on a dedicated server. Imagine a game that loads slow, drops connections and lags in performance every now and then. It can be frustrating for users.
That’s why the gamers are now turning to dedicated servers to play their favourite games without any impact on performance and stability.
4. Storage technology will move to SSDs
Hard-disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SDDs) are the storage technologies in dedicated servers. HDD has been around for decades, reducing in physical size while increasing storage capacity. On the other hand, the SDD is a modern technology which offers high storage capacity and performance.
Dedicated servers will increasingly use SSDs rather than HDDs in 2019 and beyond. The main reason behind it is the performance. While HDDs offer throughputs of up to 200 Mbps, the SSDs can read data at up to 3,500 Mbps and write at up to 2,100 Mbps.
Top cloud computing trends
1. Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud
Adoption of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud is becoming a dominant model for enterprises. According to RightScale 2019 State of the cloud report, 84% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy.
This is because the public cloud doesn’t fit perfectly for every business need. With a hybrid cloud, enterprises have control of what to move to the cloud and what to keep on-premises. Additionally, the hybrid cloud can also minimize transition risks and overall costs.
On the other hand, a multi-cloud strategy allows them to manage their workloads and applications on any cloud on the basis of technical demands.
2. Backup and disaster recovery (DR)
Spiceworks report suggests that organisations are spending 15% of their cloud budget on backup and DR solutions. This is the highest part of the cloud budget.
The aim is to recover everything in case of disasters and cyber-threats. Further, it also helps in meeting compliance requirements and data privacy regulations like GDPR.
Cloud storage solutions for backup are also more economical than physical datacenters. Organizations can go for the pay-per-use model and spend only for what they use.
3. Serverless computing
Serverless computing is a transformation of cloud computing from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) to function as a service (FaaS).
There are a number of reasons why serverless computing will be trending in 2019 and the coming years. First, it delivers greater scalability, more flexibility, and faster time to release. Second, the serverless architecture of an application avoids the need for developers to purchase, provision, or manage backend servers.
Third, apps developed using serverless computing can scale automatically in case the number of users or app usage increases.
4. Edge computing
Edge computing is becoming a trend because of IoT devices that need real-time data analysis. Driverless cars, smart cities, wearable devices, etc. are significantly driving the demand for edge computing.
It will play a key role in the oil and gas industry where IoT devices are used for monitoring temperature, pressure, humidity, and other factors. All the data generated using these devices need to be analysed in real-time to prevent incidents.
5. Artificial intelligence
AI has the power to transform the way businesses work, reduce operational costs, automate repetitive tasks, and make processes seamless.
There is no industry that can’t gain benefits using AI. In entertainment and e-commerce industries, Amazon and Netflix are using machine learning algorithms to analyze user behavior and improve their experience by showing personalized shows or products.
These are the top trends in dedicated servers and cloud computing that will define 2019. While dedicated hosting will dominate the web hosting market, cloud computing will be the foundation of every modern digital technology.