I couldnt say for sure how much it is worth. But it seems like everyday a new host is popping up and another is shutting down. Anyone can become a webhost and that is not a bad thing at all, but a lot of people dont take it seriously enough and sadly for their customers they soon after have to find a new host because the host they were with magically "disappeared". If you are interested in getting into the webhosting industry and are serious about it you could very well be a big host with a large client base. But beware if you arent willing to work for it and put in some time you dont really have a chance because of all the new hosts.
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I would like if you would be able to show me some proven facts on this, where have you read that?
But anyways, sound pretty good. This business and industry can only grow. Its estimated that by the end of 2012 year, there will be 1.6 billion computers in the world, which is 50% more than there is today. That shows hosting industry and computer industry as a whole, have no choice but to grow, and the growth will be natural and expected. Good stuff.
Excepted forecast from Frost & Sullivan's 2004 Sector Forecast/Report- for what it's worth they are one of only a few that continues coverage on the sector Gartner and Forrester et. al do so sporadically at best. No actual 04/05 numbers are currently available- 20 billion seems rather optimistic
"3-Year Forecast and Outlook
In 2003, U.S. hosting revenues grew 9.3% to $4.45 billion. This is $27.3 million less than we had originally forecasted for 2003. Tracking the hosting market on a quarterly basis provides us with the ability to more accurately forecast long-range trends in the market. Based on 1H04 revenue data we have also revised downward our original forecast for 2004 from $5.1 billion to $4.7 billion. Hosting revenues in 2004 will have 4.8% growth. Stratecast Partners expects the hosting market to continue to grow revenues through 2006, albeit at a modest pace. "
Wow. Don't tell Microsoft or Google about that figure please...
hi, i believe hosting is very different from software or hardware. there is no clear winner who dominated this industry yet. even 1and1 who have strong grow still not coming even close to own a big piece of market share like Dell does in hardware or Microsoft in desktop.
that's why i love hosting....it's everyone's game.
I think it also depends on what you count as hosting... Is a designer selling hosting hosting ? Is an ISP adding hosting to their dial up a hosting company. I guess that is why some guys say its 20 billion and others say its 5 billion.
Everything hosting should be counted hosting, right ?
Serious, the span of this business is what interest me, and I coudn't find anywhere the real information from some analyst groups or industry watchers, which is very strange. That kind of information for all other industries is much easier to find.
I suppose, in reality, there is no price on the hosting industry. Every day the industry is expanding and the worth growing. Maybe its $15 BIL, maybe its $30 BIL, I don't know. It would be unbelievably difficult to calculate the industry's worth, very, very difficult!
February 12, 2002 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- The dot-com bubble has burst, corporate spending is in a holding pattern and enterprises are deferring e-business infrastructure technology and services purchasing. As a result, revenue growth in the U.S. Web hosting market has definitely slowed. The market which had approached $4 billion in 2000, representing a 100% growth over 1999, grew only 25.5% from 2000 to 2001. IDC research still shows revenue in the Web hosting services market will begin to accelerate in 2002 eventually reaching $20.8 billion by 2006.
In case you didn't notice, those figures that were talking about 4-5 billion were all US only numbers, whereas the 20 billion figure seems to be a global count, this could easily explain the gap between them.
Well, acctually, the figure shown is for the US market only. It's written clearly. We can just estimate the global market forecast, which can be pretty impresive, if nothing than at least +50% of the US alone, which is awesome.