Even though everyone is shouting “cloud hosting” these days and I’m also a big cloud fan, I still feel that our hosting infrastructure is far from the cloud. We’ve done extensive testing on the Amazon AWS services , running multiple jiffy boxes for internal projects in parallel with our t3n.de hosting infrastructure that we do not want to run on a server with our live operation of t3n.de, and I have even cloudcontrol , heroku and alternative virtualization solutions to the Citrix Xen server such as KVM, OpenStack, etc. looked at.
That’s all great development and I’m sure that with t3n.de here, too, soon be ahead, but as long as we are still responsible for the operation of our core components (web server, MySQL server, MessageQueue, …) I will not change anything at first, but rather spend my time optimizing our software solutions.
My opinion is that the view of professional webhosting customers will change. We will finally see the long-predicted change from server to application hosting. Where the customer used to be happy that he no longer had to worry about managing his server hardware, he will wonder in the future why he should take care of the configuration of a MySQL server, where as 2,000 other customers with the same provider similar requirements and you could just use a centrally managed by the provider MySQL cluster via MySQL proxy.
We will see a shift from monthly fixed-price hosting to usage-based billing where, in addition to a low base rate, you only pay for what you really need in terms of resources. It will establish standards that allow the relatively simple change from one application provider to another and be it simply that both providers provide technically similar solutions.
The necessary technological basis for all these things has been in the starting blocks for a long time in the form of ever better open source solutions. Issues such as scalability, high availability and realistic cost / benefit ratio are taken for granted. At the same time, however, we are again more dependent on anonymous solutions from giant corporations without telephone numbers and global special providers.
Despite all the euphoria, one should never forget that the topic of hosting also has to do with people in the end. On Amazon AWS, I can not call and ask what they say about building my virtual machines. If I wanted to switch to cloudcontrol, I would not be able to run a MessageQueue, Solr server, or cronjobs at the moment. In addition, the servers behind cloudcontrol are back in the Amazon AWS data center in Ireland. For a microsite certainly good, but the great response time and calculability of our server in the RZ in Berlin is not detrimental. Jiffybox I think is great for small projects, but is also only a half cloud solution, because you have to take care of key issues such as scalability and performance,
Each hosting solution is only as good as the people behind it. Whether cloud, own server room or managed Xen server. No matter how good you are, what great technologies you use or how reliable the hosting solution is – who has ever operated a web server knows:
It always burns something. Be ready.