Hosting Infrastructure Services
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IDC's Hosting Infrastructure Services examines the dynamics of a rapidly evolving market that has moved far beyond its origins as "Web hosting." Distinctions between public Web sites/applications and corporate IT business functions continue to blur, and outsourced infrastructure now takes many forms — from colocation to cloud. Businesses continue to look to hosting infrastructure services as a more flexible and optimization-oriented approach to "big IT" issues (enterprise datacenter/IT consolidation and extended enterprise enablement) and as a tactical solution for specific needs such as Web sites, digital media delivery, and distributed enterprise applications. As cloud-based IT infrastructure models gain momentum, hosting providers are incorporating cloud options and architecture principles into their business strategies. IDC's Hosting Infrastructure Services research keeps clients informed of the market and end-user trends, technology developments, and shifts in the service provider landscape (particularly the impact of "cloud native" challengers.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Hosting infrastructure market segmentation
  • Cloud infrastructure services and service provider strategies
  • Hosting/cloud infrastructure market ecosystems
  • Service provider strategies and competitive positioning
  • Industry alliances and partnerships
  • Content delivery network (CDN) services

Core Research

  • U.S. Hosting Infrastructure Services Forecast and Analysis
  • Content Delivery Network Services Forecast and Analysis
  • U.S. Hosting Infrastructure Services: End-User Survey
  • U.S. Hosting Infrastructure Services Competitive Analysis

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Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the market for hosting infrastructure services? Who are the market leaders and what are their strategies?
  2. How does the emergence of cloud-based infrastructure delivery models affect the strategies and portfolios of "traditional" hosting providers?
  3. How will the different types of hosting infrastructure services — legacy shared/Web hosting, dedicated servers complex/managed hosting, and colocation and public/private cloud — evolve over time?
  4. What are the market dynamics in the CDN services space, and how are providers positioning themselves in this market?

Cloud/On-Demand Delivery Models

Source: IDC

Companies Analyzed

IDC's Hosting Infrastructure Services research examines the ways in which various types of service providers position themselves in the hosting/cloud market. This service reviews strategies, market opportunity, competitive differentiation, value proposition development, and the future direction of key market players, including:

Akamai, Amazon Web Services, AT&T, CenturyLink/SAVVIS, CSC, Equinix, Go Daddy, Google, HP, IBM Global Services, Internap, Level 3, Microsoft, NaviSite/Time Warner Cable, Rackspace, SoftLayer, Sungard, Verio, and Verizon/Terremark.

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Meet the Experts
Melanie Posey
Research Vice President, Hosting & Managed Network Services