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A History of Web Hosting [Infographic]

Building and hosting your own slice of the web has gotten a lot easier over the years.

Back in 1991, in order to host a website, you would need your own server. Today, you can sign up with any of a countless number of web hosts (even free ones) and stand up a website in minutes.

Like the cell phone, web hosting has evolved at a rapid pace — in fact, it was one of the first areas of IT with an obvious path to the cloud.

CloudTweaks has shared an infographic from Peer 1 Hosting, which tracks the evolution of the technology.

A few highlights from the graphic include:

  • In 1995, GeoCities, offered 1 megabyte of space, while Angelfire offered 35 kilobytes
  • In 2002, HostGator was founded in a Florida Atlantic University dorm room with 3 servers
  • In 2008, the average web host’s storage was 171,000MB
  • According to stats from 2011, there 2.1 billion users on the web
  • By 2015, 50 percent of Integration as a Service will be consumed as an embedded feature of other IT offerings

Check out the full infographic from CloudTweaks below.

History of Web hosting

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Feb 24 2012 Spice IT

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