Las Vegas, Nevada – (The Hosting News) – November 10, 2005 – The Hosting Transformation Summit has concluded in Las Vegas after a lively two days of information-packed sessions on a wide range of web hosting topics.
One of the highlights of day two was a session moderated by Philbert Shih, Senior Writer at theWHIR. The session was entitled, ‘Dividing Line Between Shared and Dedicated â€“ Do Shared Hosting Customers Upgrade to Dedicated Solutions? Should They?’. Panelists were: Simon Anderson, Affinity Internet – Thomas Strohe, Intergenia AG – Robert Miggins, Peer 1/Server Beach – and Warren Adelman, Go Daddy.
The panelists revealed some keen insights into the cross-over between shared and dedicated hosting demogrphics. Mr. Anderson stated that cross-over between shared and dedicated hosting plans was less than .1% at Affinity.
Mr. Strohe explained that dedicated server prices are so low in Germany now, that nearly 60% of low cost dedicated servers sold by Intergenia are used by individual consumers and not businesses.
Warren Adelman from Go Daddy stressed customer support and consultative selling – much as he did a few weeks ago at ISPCON 2005. Additionally, Mr. Adelman regaled the audience with an engaging story of William Hung of American Idol fame – and how his site (hosted at Go Daddy) was deluged with traffic after William’s appearance on American Idol. This necessitated moving the site over to a dedicated server to handle the traffic and bandwidth loads.
Mr. Miggins of Peer 1/Server Beach articulately stated that it is important to make it easy for those who need help with their server to find it. Overall it was an excellent exchange of important information on both shared and dedicated hosting.
Here are some final thoughts and insights from a show attendee and the show’s organizer:
”The hosting transformation summit was an extremely valuable event that brought together some of the top minds in the hosting industry.Â Many industry leaders provided very insightful viewpoints on the ongoing evolution of web hosting.Â In particular, the conference affirmed our belief in software as a service as a major driver for the next wave of growth.Â We look forward to attending the Hosting Transformation Summit again next year.” – Lou Honick, CEO, HostMySite.com.
”The feedback has been entirely positive! We respect and appreciate our role in this important industry and are very pleased to have contributed to the success potential for some many companies through this event. The summit willl certainly be repeated annually and we thank all sponsors and attendees to create the premier event for enterprise hosting and infrastructure services. – Andy Shroepfer, President and Founder of Tier 1 Research and organizer of the Hosting Transformation Summit.