If you have service with a web host, you may have wondered where exactly your web page is actually stored. Chances are, your web page is stored on a server in a very large facility; possibly a facility that takes up several acres of space. These are commonly called server farms or data centers and they are becoming one of the most in-demand businesses in the world.
According to a report on the Market Watch, the demand for data centers is projected to increase by around 14% in 2011. At the same time, the increase in supply for data centers will only be between 6 and 7% during the same year.
At the same time, that demand is increasing and supply is decreasing, web hosts are continuing to offer less expensive services to their clients. Formerly, very advanced services such as cloud hosting were extremely expensive and people still prefer a good cpanel web hosting. Today, there are web hosts who are offering this service for free as a way to entice people into their more expensive paid services. While this seems counterintuitive, the increased demand for server space will no doubt lead to more companies jumping into the business, which will make the competition even fiercer and which will probably end up benefiting consumers more than anyone else.
Web hosts aren’t the only businesses who make use of these data centers. Data centers are used by just about every type of business in the world at this point, including banks, hospitals, e-commerce businesses and many more clients.
As consumers trend away from using their computers only at home and as mobile devices become more and more popular and affordable, it’s likely that there will be even more demand on these data centers as mobile versions of websites need to be created, services designed to accommodate mobile users need to be implemented and as mobile users start hitting the servers harder and harder looking to take advantage of those new offerings.
For webmasters, this is all good news. With so many different businesses competing for your dollars, it’s likely that it will take far fewer of those dollars to get great web hosting services that it did only a few years ago.