Good news for Web professionals -- today GoDaddy announced their new Windows-based Web hosting offering which includes Parallels Plesk Panel to help Web professionals simplify and manage complex tasks.
Web professionals typically manage websites for small businesses, acting as an “all-in-one” designer, trusted advisor, and tech guy (or gal) for these companies’ web presence. We estimate as many as 50% of SMBs outsource their web design, management and hosting to web professionals – making them a crucial part of the hosting ecosystem – and almost all web pros (over 70%) use a control panel, like Parallels Plesk Panel, according to Parallels research conducted this summer.
We are about three months away from Parallels Summit 2014. For me, this is where I get to focus more on reflection than execution so that we can provide the most relevant experience for our guests. I spend a disproportionate amount of time browsing the internet, looking at Twitter feeds, reading analyst’s reports, talking to our customers and our customer’s customers. Much of this recent exploration has me thinking about how businesses make their buying decisions (versus how they are using cloud services). What are they looking for in a vendor?
The explosive growth in cloud computing has created a tremendous challenge for storage. Available storage options have inherent risks and shortfalls, and the growing opportunity simply won’t wait for service providers who take a “do nothing” approach. Fortunately, new solutions are available that enable you to avoid the risks and cash in on the cloud storage opportunities in front of you.
A $15 Billion Opportunity
Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™ research finds cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) revenue doubling, from $15.8 billion in 2012 to $31.3 billion in 2015. That’s a $15.5 billion opportunity for growth. It’s happening right now, and it’s right in your back yard.
manage complex environments and customer requirements, and typically team with
world-class System Integrators and OEM’s like IBM to ensure they meet the
dynamic needs of their customers. From ensuring that Parallels technology
is validated for IBM hardware to integration with IBM’s software offerings,
Parallels and IBM are working to help service providers maximize their
return on cloud investment. I am frequently asked by service providers
how alliances can help them get to cloud more quickly. The answer is:
If you’ve sat in front of a television lately, chances are that you have seen an advertisement for a Do-It-Yourself website for your small business. Who would believe that in this hyper-wired world we live in that some businesses still don’t have a website? Clearly some don’t. And the fact that we’re getting bombarded with these offers every night during prime time shows you just how significant an opportunity exists.
DIY websites are all the rage. For the end-user, they are low-cost, low-risk, full-featured, and easy-to-use. For hosters, they are a great way to attract and retain new SMB customers, and to eventually sell them more services and increase ARPU. And, because of intuitive WYSIWYG design and editing tools, they are also fairly easy to support.
The jump from having no web presence to having a basic website can be dramatic for a SMB – suddenly they are discoverable and contactable – but it’s not the same as having a storefront with goods and services available for purchase 24/7/365. It’s like the difference between having a ‘business’ or a ‘business card’ at your web address.
Enter e-commerce, SaaS-style.