The hosting market offers us surprises along the way. Its structure is changing as the web changes, but as any market, it does have some consistent characteristics that we observed over the years. We’ve concentrated on an analysis meant to help those interested in understanding this market as well as those who are trying to figure out what’s all about with the Cloud, hosting, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Big Data as service providers.
The overall model is a so called Longtail model (Paretto distribution), as many other markets have. We split it into several categories: Shared, VDS+VPS, Dedicated servers. We overlaid Cloud offerings to find that the Cloud, in its various incarnations, covers many traditional segments.
We’ll also make references to a research made by Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Microsoft, depicting another segmentation based on workload type and frequency.
At the end, we’ll try to point out different application types to different vendor types. Continue Reading