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Take a few moments to relive the journey of Cloud Server Hosting in the UK so far.

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Stats – at a glance

Internet penetration

The table below shows how internet has grown in the United Kingdom.

2000 - Year
26.8 %Penetration Percentage (of Population)
The internet penetration in the United States was 52% at a time when UK’s penetration was a nominal 26.8 %. Over the next few years, the UK’s internet proliferated faster than the US’s.
2005 - Year
70 %Penetration Percentage (of Population)
By 2005, 70% of the population had access to the internet. In a span of 5 years, the internet’s reach expanded to more than two thirds of the population.
2010 - Year
77.8 %Penetration Percentage (of Population)
From 2005-2010, the growth was rather slow. The average inflation rate per year was less than 1.6 % per year.
2017 - Year (estimated)
90 %Penetration Percentage (of Population)
The UK becomes one of the few countries where the internet has penetrated to 90% of the population.

Scenario at present

Year 2019 – How internet and social media users stack up against the population.
Under considerationNumberInference/Additional data
Population67 millionThe United Kingdom is somewhat sparsely populated, with the population contributing to only 0.88 % of the world’s population.
Active Internet usersApprox. 60 million45.1 million people are persistent in using the internet and use it at least once every day.
Social Media users45 million45 million people are active on at least one social media platform. Like any other country, the majority of traffic comes from social media.
Mobile users95 %Almost 95 % of the households own a mobile. This figure has remained more or less the same since 2015, suggesting that mobile phone penetration has reached stagnation in the kingdom.

Social media

Here’s an idea of how social media contributes to the overall internet traffic in the country.

Social Media Stats
Go4hosting35.6 million monthlyWith more than 35 million monthly users, YouTube is one of the most widely used video-sharing platforms in the country. Gender wise, the users comprise of 55 % males and the remaining (45 %) females.
Go4hosting36.34 millionAs of April 2019, almost 36.34 million residents used Facebook in the UK. The number of users active on Facebook went down from 39.01 million (Sep 2018) to 36.34 million (present).
Go4hosting16 millionMicroblogging platform Twitter has almost 16 million users throughout the United Kingdom. Twitter is yet to gain some momentum in this kingdom compared to other countries.
Messenger Apps
Go4hosting58%WhatsApp is the most popular application in the country, and shares a whopping 79 % of the internet-usage corresponding to social networks.
Go4hosting16.2 millionSnapchat expects to reach 16.2 million count this year. Once the figure is achieved, 5.0 million (31 %) Snapchat users will be between 18 and 24.
FigureSpinoff
283There are 283 data colocation data centers in 65 areas in United Kingdom.
$ 135bnThat’s the expected worth of data centers by 2025. The country is witnessing increased investment in servers and IT.
150, 000 sq. ft.The total server space in UK’s biggest data center – KAO Data.

The market for data centers in the UK

Despite being a sparsely populated country, the United Kingdom is one of the top contributors to the worldwide internet traffic. The country is home to some big firms, not just in IT, but also in aerospace, automobile, and manufacturing. Most of these firms have their footprints in nearly every continent, and are thus acutely aware of the importance of a common virtualized server.

The same can also be inferred from the fact that the UK’s market for cloud server hosting has grown at the speed of light in the past few years.

Cloud Services

Cloud services are dominating not just the UK in particular, but also the global server market. Consequently, migration to clouds is proceeding at full pace.

The country has always had a burgeoning IT market that has attracted both domestic as well as foreign IT investors, especially cloud companies.

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YearTotal Market (in nearest Billion USD)
2018182
2019214
2020250
2021289
2022331

Cloud Server Hosting – Hurdles

Ever since its inception, Cloud hosting has invited mixed reactions, primarily because of certain disadvantages. However, what we feel is that merits and demerits are a matter of perspective. So, what one company may perceive as advantageous is likely to be deemed as negative by another.

As with every other technology, Clouds servers, too, come with their own set of demerits.

Read on below to know why some companies have still maintained a distance from Cloud computing.

  • RESTRICTED CONTROLS - Cloud server hosting is sure to cost you some admin-level rights, especially the ones relating to hardware and physical network. However, the advantages are also equally high in number and when weighed along with merits, giving up on a few controls appears justified.
  • PRIVACY BREACH - The most feared aspect of cloud hosting is granting business-sensitive data-access to a third-party.

    However, cloud vendors are also bound by the terms and conditions laid down in the work-contract, and will never indulge in any act that breaches privacy. If you still have enough reasons to believe your data has been mishandled, you can legally sue the vendor.
  • LACK OF ZEAL - What companies lack is the zeal to upgrade their IT until it becomes a need. Some smaller organizations already run on a shoe-string budget, and cannot afford to scrap older technologies and adopt new ones entirely.

GLOSSARY OF IMPORTANT TECHNICAL TERMS RELATED TO CLOUD SERVER HOSTING

There are some terms you must be aware of before you buy a Cloud server hosting plan in the UK.

1. Tiered-Data Center System

Based on redundancy and fault-tolerance, cloud data centers are tiered into four levels, namely Tier – I, II, III, and IV.

  • Tier I - Tier I data centers only have the basic facilities and sit at the lowest level of the hierarchy. They have a single path for both cooling as well as power. There is virtually no power backup, and if the power-line undergoes a failure, the entire operation is disrupted. Maintenance of Tier –I data center is not as exhaustive as other tiers, primarily because the data center needs to be shut down for maintenance.
  • Tier II - There is not much difference between Tier I and Tier II data centers except that the latter has a redundant power line. As such, a power failure does not affect operations; nor does maintenance.
  • Tier III - Tier III is an upgrade of the tier II data center. III-tiered centers boast of multiple cooling systems and power paths.

    Power failure, maintenance, and component failure have no impact on the operations. However, every module in the Tier III data center might not have a redundant component.
  • Tier IV - A Tier IV data center is completely fault-tolerant as it has multiple redundancies for a single component. But on the flip side, tier IV is somewhat expensive.
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TierUptime Availability (%)
i Up to 99.6 %
ii Around 99.7 %
iii Less than 99.98 %
iv Nearly 99.99 %

2. Manageability

With cloud hosting, you get more or less the same level of control that you would get with any other hosting. Since the server is procured over a vendor’s infrastructure, the hardware and server-side controls lie with the provider.

As a webmaster, it is logical to worry-free yourself from server-side management and focus on the website instead.

3. Industry compliance

We adhere to the following compliances as part of our blueprint towards being a leading provider of cloud services in the UK.

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013 – for the commitment we have made to manage risks and to secure the information we hold.
  • ISO 9001:2015 – for consistently delivering excellent quality of management services.
  • ISO 22301:2012 – for leak-proofing our data centers against downtime that could lead to an interruption in services for our clients.
  • PCI-DSS – for the secure environment that we have built for you to carry out transactions.
  • CMMI level 5 – for a rationalized structure that allows us to simplify the software development process, and also enables us to strive towards improvement continuously.
  • MEITY Empanelled – we are empanelled with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (India). We achieved this accolade for our genuine services in the field of Cloud computing.

4. Upscaling

In simple terms, upscaling means upgrading the server. This upgrade could be done to accommodate more traffic, or to reduce downtime. Conventional servers are not easy to upgrade, given that there are a number of things to be configured at each upgrade.

Because the server-side configuration is dealt with by the vendor, cloud servers are relatively easier to upscale – in fact so easy that these servers can be upscaled in a few clicks.

5. Security

Stringent security is one that deploys multiple security layers to make the server virtually non-hackable.

  • Application server security – The first line of defence – application server security – primarily focuses on guarding against malware, and keeping malicious programs away from the server. This is achieved by deploying a number of filters, including firewalls and intrusion detection techniques.
  • Database server security – We have restricted access to the database, and the same is permitted only through requests. This allows us to prevent unauthorized use of your database, and any illicit request is brought to attention in no time.
  • Additional Security – To strengthen the security a bit more, we make use of threat detection, vulnerability testing, and SSL encryption.

All the above three techniques, when combined, build a highly secure environment that leaves little scope for malware attacks.

6. Reliability & recovery

The more reliable the system is, the lesser are the chances of it running into glitches. The redundant systems are considered to have better fault tolerance than ordinary systems.

Tier-IV data centers are touted for complete fault tolerance but are rather expensive. Tier III systems are generally the go-to for companies as they are not only fault tolerant, but also comparatively economical.

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