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  Post #1 (permalink)   02-06-2016, 06:15 PM
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Do you think the term "server" will stay relevant in the hosting industry or will it be phased out/substituted with something else?

I am asking because we've seen the rise of cloud hosting (and the term) and with time everyone will be looking for cloud hosting/solutions (or software-centric hosting services) and standalone servers as we know them will become a thing of the past, with the word itself outdated and limited to jargon used by techies only.

What are your thoughts on this matter?
 
 
 


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Do you think the term "server" will stay relevant in the hosting industry or will it be phased out/substituted with something else?

I am asking because we've seen the rise of cloud hosting (and the term) and with time everyone will be looking for cloud hosting/solutions (or software-centric hosting services) and standalone servers as we know them will become a thing of the past, with the word itself outdated and limited to jargon used by techies only.

What are your thoughts on this matter?
Honestly I believe servers will still be "on the circuit" for those who wish to get uncompromising power and access. It like asking if houses will ever be gone even if apartment complexes are common places. Do you not see any more houses? Most likely no since some just like having their own places and "calling the shots".
 
 
 


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It isn't as much as not having servers in existence. The hardware itself will likely stay, as it will perhaps power up systems more powerful than a single standalone server. My question (perhaps a little more imaginative) is if industry folks here think that people will at some point stop shopping for a server in the form that it is sold today (be it VPS or dedicated) and instead shop for something else that will become a lot more common (cloud?) that will become the new standard.

Do you see that happen? If so, what is the time bracket do you imagine such a shift to take place in consumer minds?
 
 
 


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I might see cloud hosting competing with VPS favorably in the future but Its hard for me to imagine Dedicated servers going away anytime soon.
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Cloud hosting is similar to vps. Cloud may relace vps. But dedicated server always be needed. I dont think that "server/dedicated server" will be lost in future.
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I don't see dedicated servers going away in my lifetime, but then I never imagined the Internet would be so advanced as it now, looking back at where we were just 20 years ago.
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Dedicated servers won't go anywhere soon
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Do you think the term "server" will stay relevant in the hosting industry or will it be phased out/substituted with something else?
Since within the hosting industry the words "cloud server" is used predominately as a marketing term (as opposed to a new way to deliver the same services) you should define what it means in your questions
 
 
 


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Since within the hosting industry the words "cloud server" is used predominately as a marketing term (as opposed to a new way to deliver the same services) you should define what it means in your questions
I think he was just digging into the future in an imaginative way. "server" might change how it relates with other servers but am sure it will be here long after we are gone
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Cloud term can't affect on Dedicated Server. It can affect VPS market.
 
 
 


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The term cloud is a marketing buzz word to me. Which is slowly loosing meaning. Which I feel eventually will be replaced with another buzz word.
 
 
 


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Just remember that any cloud is built from 2 or more dedicated servers.

Servers will always be necessary for the foreseeable future, customer however will get further away from the hardware.

Containers, which is where everything is headed, or not much more/less than a VPS, but which the minimum config necessary to do what they need to do.
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But dedicated server always be needed. I dont think that "server/dedicated server" will be lost in future.
Interesting. Thank you all for your input so far. On one hand, I can see how cloud, whatever it means to you, might replace VPS. It makes sense how that can be a more natural transition.

However, WHY will a dedicated server will always be a thing?

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Servers will always be necessary for the foreseeable future, customer however will get further away from the hardware.
That sounds almost like an oxymoron. One one hand, you are saying that servers will always be necessary but at the same time customers will be further away from the hardware. Isn't that kind of the point that customers will stop shopping for dedicated servers because there will be so many connected networks that people will just seek a slice of something that never goes down rather than its own dedicated server. It will suddenly feel so yesterday, so outdated, to have a standalone server.

Unless you mean servers will always be necessary in the scope of creation of a cloud setup.
 
 
 


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Correct, as Clouds are made up of multiple servers, so the bigger the cloud the more servers it will be made up from.

The user gets nowhere near the physical tin making up the cloud, so they are "pushed further away".
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People have long been saying that cloud very quickly replace servers, but I do not think it's ever going to happen.
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