Self Hosting a New Way of Web Hosting!

Will the continuous fall in pricing of reliable bandwidth and computing Equipment, along with the simultaneous explosion of ‘user-generated content’, Augur a transition towards ‘self-hosting’?

Traditionally, hosting companies and ISPs have provided facilities, equipment, and software that allow individuals and entities to host their websites and web-services with them. Continuous availability, high bandwidth, large storage space, and reliable equipment traditionally made hosting with ISPs an attractive option.

The evolution of infrastructure and เว็บตรง technologies however raises the question whether we are at stage where one can directly web-host from any internet connected PCs and even PDAs – sort of self-hosting. The voluminous growth in the quantum of user-generated content and advances in technology (web 2.0) makes self-hosting attractive. Firstly, user content is never required to be stored on third party servers, and secondly, there is no need for repeated uploads to third-party servers.

Improvement of Retail Infrastructure

Retail/home internet connections have rapidly become faster and have high uptimes. Broadband connections routinely deliver 1Mbps rates both ways, and provide uptimes in excess of 99%. Similarly, Personal Computers today are more powerful and reliable than the ‘Server’ machines of barely a few years ago. For many non-mission-critical applications, the uptime and reliability of home equipment is adequate to host websites and web services thereby making a case for self-hosting.

Apart from the infrastructure improvements mentioned above, which have more or less tilted the balance towards self-hosting, three other barriers traditionally dissuaded individuals and small entities from hosting off their home / office PCs.

1. Internet Addresses

2. Security

3. Ease of use

Internet Addresses

Individual PCs and Handheld computers usually do not have network addresses (IP address), which are required to connect PCs and handheld devices to the internet. In many cases, IP address is dynamically assigned and therefore change every time the computer connects to the Internet. (This is known as dynamic or non-static IP). A computer without an IP address is incapable of web-hosting.


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