Cloud-based hosting and application services are constantly evolving. Almost every business or service will have a website, an app, or some kind of online presence through social media.
But with the rapid development of the online world, CEO Michel Paulin OVHcloud (opens in new tab)that it was by no means a revolutionary movement.
Instead, he sees it more as an evolution, as the growth of gaming, streaming and other large online platforms and organizations is likely to outpace web hosting (opens in new tab) The solution it’s in.
The evolution of web hosting
In recent years, web hosting products have evolved significantly, allowing users to build their website in a more straightforward way than ever before. Paulin told TechRadar Pro that there are now two types of requests from customers.
“Small hosts provide small building blocks Create a website (opens in new tab) The big players in web hosting need to provide from E-commerce platform (opens in new tab) to payment gateway (opens in new tab)it’s much more complicated,” he noted.
“On one hand you have a solution that simplifies the ability of a small business to access an e-commerce platform in web hosting, it provides a super easy solution to design your own website that has all the features you need, but on the other On the one hand, you have very large sites for gaming, streaming and other tech companies that need custom solutions. Obviously the latter is growing very fast. Smaller web hosting providers may have reached them in terms of development Ability.”
Migrate to the cloud
The cloud is not a new concept, as it has been working its magic behind the scenes for years as organizations transition from traditional hosting (opens in new tab) Data center to cloud, or choose a hybrid solution.
“One of the big trends I’ve seen is ‘moving to the cloud,'” Paulin added. “Historically, tech companies (what we call digital natives) have used the cloud because they know how to use cloud solutions effectively, and there are many different solutions you can learn about,” adds Paulin.
“Some companies are migrating to the cloud with legacy systems, most of them on-premises or outsourced, and they want to move new technology to the cloud. For most companies, moving to the cloud is a complex journey because you need to transform your IT systems in order to be ready for cloud solutions.”
Cloud adopts the concept of virtual cluster, putting resources and application services behind it for developers to use.
One of the most popular cloud-based web hosting providers is Amazon Web Services (AWS (opens in new tab)), which is compatible with OVHcloud and others Cloud hosting (opens in new tab) The company enables its users to have a global infrastructure and is able to distribute services globally at affordable prices. But as appealing as it sounds, it’s never been smooth sailing.
“It’s not as simple as saying, ‘I’m going to move to the cloud.’ So we’re now seeing a number of tools and solutions that help customers move to the cloud, which enables them to move from their legacy systems to the new cloud,” Paulin said
“Our goal is to give our customers the freedom to do so, but also to give them a choice.”
OVHcloud recently announced the general availability of its Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) service. This new tool was created to aid in network planning when migrating to a company’s services in a “move to cloud” scenario against a backdrop of increasing scarcity of IPv4 addresses.
BYOIP services are available for Bare Metal Cloud, Managed Private Cloud, Public Cloud offerings, as well as vRacks and IP Load Balancers, and will soon be available in all OVHcloud datacenters if its customers qualify IP address (opens in new tab).
“Cloud is growing in all areas, and it’s very broad, but at the same time, we see artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance storage, containerization are very active and fast-growing areas. The overall market is growing very fast, But those areas are growing faster,” Paulin said.
The future is cloud web hosting
Throughout the history of OVHcloud, the company started out with cloud-based web hosting and is currently the second largest provider in Europe.
“We are the top web hosting provider in France, Spain, Italy and Poland. We are not number one in the UK, but web hosting and cloud hosting is a very important business for OVHcloud as it accounts for 24% of our total revenue %, and we’re growing,” Paulin noted.
“We have to be able to expand into new areas in the cloud space, that’s why we launched public cloud and private cloud, we are growing faster. Web hosting is something we keep because it is the beginning of the OVHcloud story.”
Paulin told TechRadar Pro that if he wasn’t in the cloud industry, the only other area he would be interested in would be mathematics.
“I like math, but I’m not good enough, so I decided to turn to IT,” he said. Still, he said he wouldn’t have it any other way because he has a huge vision for how the tech industry will evolve.
Paulin met OVHcloud founder Octave Klaba, fell in love with the company and wanted to get involved:
“Klaba still owns 70% of the company and is a geek in a sense. He loves product solutions and technology and is able to assemble innovative solutions. This is the key to his success in creating cloud solutions from the ground up Except for the little money his father gave him to open the company, he has no money, no connections, and no resources.”
Seeing all this is exactly what Paulin needs to be part of a cloud web hosting company.
As the industry evolves, Paulin explained that one key trend he will be watching closely is data sovereignty.
“People increasingly want to know where their data is, who can access it, and what their data actually does. During covid-19, there have been a lot of questions about what happened to health data,” he noted.
“This is an example of how we are seeing data privacy become a growing global concern. More regulations on data protection are emerging in key regions around the world. In Europe, we have GDPR (opens in new tab) Protection of personal data, but interestingly, these markets now have similar regulations in India, Singapore and South Korea. “
Data is now at the heart of everything, even more so at the center of cloud hosting — and there’s a lot of money around it too. Cloud-based hosting already exists, but it is by no means the ultimate destination for web hosting growth.