Las Vegas, Nevada – (The Hosting News) – November 9, 2005 – The first day of the Hosting Transformation Summit has concluded at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas – and it has showcased the knowledge of top-level web hosting analysts and hosting providers.
The opening address presented by the President and Founder of Tier 1 Research, Mr. Andy Schroepfer, set the tone for the day. The talk was concise and insightful as Mr. Schroepfer walked through his views on where hosting is likely to be headed. His initial premise stated that everyone will have a small, medium, and large Internet viewing window. He added that more windows for Internet viewing will equal more hosting oppotunities. Mr. Schroepfer also stressed time and again that companies need to focus on service delivery – not just traditional hosting models.
According to Tier 1’s analysis, the web hosting industry currently represents around $10.6 billion in annual revenues. The company calls for those revenues to grow by 10% in both 2006 and 2007.
Mr. Schroepfer went on to view several website examples and make comments on them. He held up Yahoo! Hosting as a web site which is well executed. He also pointed out that static web content is to be avoided, and commented that, ”Google values hosting lower than a stick of gum”.
Mr. Schroepfer concluded with his six key influencers on the web hosting space as we move into the future:
City-wide WiFi systems
Content owners and how they will release their intellectual property
Single sign-on systems (such as Microsoft Passport or biometrics)
Ecosystems (SFDC.com, Apple)
There were many additional highlights throughout the day – including several panel discussions with CEO’s and high-level executives from many major hosting brands and vendors.
The early evening concluded with a cordial reception in Bally’s Skyview Lounge where attendees had a chance to exchange ideas with the Tier 1 analysts, meet the presenters and network with like-minded web hosting professionals. Congratulations are in order for Andy Schroepfer and Tier 1 Research. Day one of the Hosting Transformation Summit can be deemed a great success, and day two promises to deliver more great insight and information.