Web hosting or Cloud hosting. Which is right for you?

Choosing the right place to host your website is crucial. It could mean the difference between a safe and secure website or a site that is down, damaging your brand’s reputation and even severe financial loss.

With the rising popularity of cloud-based solutions, more eyes are on cloud hosting as a solution.

> Register now for W.Media’s next digital event to find out if cloud hosting is right for you!

Unlike traditional web hosting methods of storing a website or app on a single data center server, cloud hosting spreads the data across multiple connected servers.

Cloud hosting is said to offer greater flexibility, security and speed in scalability as well as reliable uptime to keep your services live even if a server goes down.

Driven by the gaining momentum of cloud hosting, rapid internet penetration and digitalisation, the Southeast Asia web hosting market is expected to reach US$4.7 billion by 2025, with many startups and global giants like Google, AWS and Alibaba Cloud setting up in the region.

The demand for cloud hosting is likely to continue, particularly from large enterprises who cater to huge customer bases that process growing data loads and experience large traffic surges.

Hear from the man who sold his cloud hosting business for $30 million

During W.Media’s next Inside Asia flagship event, we will hear from Alvin Poh, a tech entrepreneur who sold his cloud hosting business Vodien Internet Solutions for US$30 million.

Mr. Poh will share his inspiring story of going from $0 all the way to Singapore’s number one cloud hosting provider with 35,000 clients and a team of 150 people.

We will also discover how data center operators can work effectively with cloud hosting providers to ensure a fantastic user experience for customers.

Find out how to select the best hosting solution for you

With a plethora of choices for hosting platforms, selecting the best one can be a difficult decision.

In our first panel session, we will be joined by Lionel Legros, the general manager for Asia Pacific at OVHcloud, and Hideaki Tsumita, the Country Manager for APAC and Japan at Wix.com.

Mr. Legros, with more than ten years of experience in the enterprise technology industry, will share his insights on the ever-changing hosting landscape and the strategies you should consider when choosing the best hosting platform for your business, particularly in a time when traditional brick and mortar organisations have been forced to go online during the pandemic.

With the fragmented nature of cloud hosting, consisting of public, private and hybrid cloud, Mr. Tsumita, an expert in enterprise cloud services, will enlighten us on the process of building a website on a cloud platform and getting the most value for your money.

Discover the best practices for migrating to the cloud

Web hosting migration is one of the most common scenarios in cloud migration, but if done incorrectly, this could expose your website to errors, security vulnerabilities and a lack of preparedness by staff.

In our second panel, we will explore how you can successfully and safely migrate to a cloud host with industry experts Faheem Iftikhar, Demand Generation Team Lead from UpCloud, and Jeffrey Tay, the VP for Global Strategic Market Development at SpaceDC.

With strong industry experience, Mr. Iftikhar will take us through how CTOs and CIOs can prepare a migration to the cloud and the solutions available to keep a website running during the transition.

“Join me to learn about the capabilities you need in order to assess your organisation’s cloud maturity and jump-start your migration. Discover the benefits of developing a cloud migration plan, and find out how to manage a successful migration,” said Mr. Iftikhar.

The digital infrastructures behind web hosting platforms are crucial to ensure your website remains live. Mr Tay, a 25-year veteran in the technology industry, will detail the importance of data centers for the hosting industry and how data center operators like SpaceDC can work successfully with hosting providers to deliver the best customer experience.

“I look forward to sharing insights on how big data has driven new patterns and behaviors of end users and businesses. It has created new challenges and opportunities for the cloud ecosystem,” said Mr. Tay.

Moderating both panels will be the esteemed May-Ann Lim, the Executive Director at Asia Cloud Computing Association. Ms. Lim has extensive experience in public policy, technology policy development, and government relations communications across Asia Pacific.

> Register now for ‘Inside Asia – Cloud Hosting. Which is Right for You?’ on Thursday 17 September to get all the latest on the hosting industry!

Thank you to our sponsors at OVHcloud, SpaceDC, UpCloud and Onion Technology as well as all our supporting partners for helping to bring this event to you!

Asia’s $3bn Cloud Gaming opportunity needs strong IT infrastructure and edge data centers to become a reality

Cloud gaming is a US$3 billion opportunity for Asia, but for the game streaming technology to take off, it needs strong and reliable IT infrastructure like edge data centers to become a reality.

This is what we discovered during our first GameTech digital event with experts from Tencent, OVHcloud and Nazara Technologies.

“Asia is a very interesting continent where you have established and evolved games, to very young, casual or first-time gamers. That makes it very exciting,” said Manish Agarwal, the CEO of Nazara Technologies.

Tech giants like Google, Amazon, Alibaba Cloud and Tencent are looking to take on established players in the gaming industry such as Microsoft, Sony, EA and NVIDIA as well as cloud gaming pioneers Vortex, LiquidSky, Parsec and Shadow.

“The beauty of a lot of these countries in Asia is they have no preconceived baggage of what gaming should be. The adoption of the new age technologies is going to be super fast, because what gaming offers is a pure, uninhibited, unhindered interactive entertainment,” added Mr. Agarwal.

However, for cloud gaming to be affordable by providers, it is important to reduce friction of price points, lag and latency, processing and optimising infrastructure.

“Asia is a very value conscious market. Cloud gaming is poised for the big boys who have very, very deep pockets because it entails building technology infrastructure, consumer acquisition retention and content acquisition,” said Mr. Agarwal.

The critical importance of reliable IT infrastructure and edge data centers for cloud gaming

To ensure a successful cloud gaming future, strong and reliable IT infrastructure is of critical importance to ensure low latency and lag, which is absolutely necessary for gamers who need a seamless experience.

As a result, user experience depends on the last mile speed, meaning that the end user needs to connect to its nearest location with high speed connections.

Davy Wang, the Chief Solutions Architect of Tencent Cloud, said: “Tencent has built a lot of data centers and edge locations all over the world and we are trying to build as much as possible for the bandwidth to make sure that the connections between data centers, the user and pop locations will be big enough and the performance will be high.”

Mr. Wang expected cloud gaming will consume more resources than traditional games because everything needs to be processed on the cloud, consuming CPU, memory and hard disks. Tencent optimised multi tenancy to make good use of their hardware resources and lower the cost of operation.

OVHcloud invests heavily in their network to enable seamless and affordable gaming. This is why their network capacity almost doubles every few years to respond to the constantly growing number of gamers in Asia.

James MacKenzie, the Technical Product Manager at OVHcloud, said: “Since I’ve been working here, it’s about almost five times as big as it was. Globally, today, we have about 30 data centers with 34 points of presence.”

OVHcloud also works with startups and partners like AMD to develop solutions that could empower the future of cloud gaming.

“Even though sometimes it’s not 100% there yet, there is technology that is emerging where we can get our hands on it, test it, and see if it’s going to work for these new use cases,” added Mr. MacKenzie.

Looking forward to the future, both Mr. Wang and Mr. MacKenzie agreed that advancements in edge data centers and 5G as well as virtual reality and augmented reality could have a significant impact on the cloud gaming industry.

5G in particular could fulfil the mission of cloud gaming by enabling gamers to play anywhere at any time since cloud gaming is similar to video streaming platforms like YouTube or Netflix for end user devices, so even the oldest of phones could have the potential to play high performance games.

How will cloud gaming impact the future of game design?

For the cloud gaming industry to be successful, content is still king. If the games available on cloud platforms are poor, then the future of cloud gaming could be in question.

In our next GameTech digital event on Tuesday 27 October, we will focus on how cloud infrastructures and cloud gaming will transform the way games are designed.

Register now to explore how we can work together to create your next favourite game on the cloud!

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