Web hosting and web presence services are being used by more than half of IT decision-makers, but fewer organizations are planning to use them this year, according to a report released Wednesday.
The 127-page report, released this week by Microsoft and 451 Research in conjunction with the Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit, digs into customer perspectives on cloud and managed services, and usage trends around infrastructure services and hosted application services.
One of the interesting takeaways from the report, which you can download in full here, is which infrastructure services IT decision-makers are planning to use in the coming year compared to what they used in 2016.
Over the last year, 66 percent of respondents used basic website hosting, 64 percent used hosted private cloud, 63 percent used dedicated servers, 63 percent used public cloud/IaaS, and bare metal servers were used by 37 percent of respondents.
So what’s in store for 2017? Hosted private cloud will be used by 66 percent of respondents, 61 percent will use dedicated servers, 60 percent will use public cloud/IaaS, 53 percent will use basic website hosting, and 39 percent will use bare metal servers.
On the hosted applications side of things, last year most respondents’ organizations used file storage, website hosting and web presence, database and data warehousing, email, collaboration and productivity apps, and CRM. This year website hosting and web presence falls to 49 percent from 55 percent, while social applications and e-commerce applications usage grows.
The report findings come as Liquid Web has found that nearly 4 out of 5 web-dependent professionals expect they will become more reliant on web and cloud technologies over the next five years.
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