The exponential increase in the number of Internet users over the past few years has caused a need for servers to evolve, becoming faster, bigger, and better in order to keep up with the pace of Internet growth. Below we’ll take a look at some of the biggest server breakthroughs in recent history and how they’ve helped revolutionize the web hosting and server administration industries.
#1: Data Security
Perhaps the biggest concern shared by today’s Internet users is the security of his/her personal information. It has been an issue of concern to so many that it lead to various privacy legislation and acts in US. The biggest breakthrough in data security has been data encryption. A well secured data transfer from a secure server ensures the highest level of encryption using public-private key cryptography and further encryption of public key using symmetric cryptography. The variety of cryptographic scheme ranges from 8-bit encryption to 256-bit encryption.
In addition to encryption, the development of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) prevents packet sniffing and data sniffing from a data transmission between two servers. This further enhances the security as the data being transferred is encrypted first and then sent through SSL transmission that blocks any unauthorized extraction of user data. Security has played a vital role in web hosting revolution, as it has allowed web hosting to become secure and reliable.
#2: Real-Time Data Analysis
Data warehousing, when combined with data mining and cloud computing, has revolutionized the way data is treated. The problem with data warehousing used to be that it only allowed analysis of data once it had been stored. Real-time data analysis, or the data manipulation of data ‘in motion,’ was a breakthrough that brought about a revolution within a revolution.
The ability to provide real time analysis has not only increased the effectiveness of high-level decision making, but it has also decreased the time needed to perform such tasks. And the advanced architecture used for the implementation of the software ensures minimum data loss, even in the worst case scenarios. This revolutionary breakthrough introduced a new level of data integrity and performance at the server end of the decision making process.
#3: Cloud Storage and Cloud Computing
Data analysis is a heavy task to perform that requires powerful machines that are far more robust and faster than typical PCs and laptops. For such tasks, powerful servers are required, and this has resulted in the development of cloud servers. Cloud servers are virtual servers that allow access to websites, data, and software as if they were stored locally. They also give users the ability to scale up or down the resources used by an application, dynamically making the whole process faster and more resource efficient.
The latter half of this decade saw new business startups being hosted by cloud servers, as they cater specifically to the requirements of developing business according to their fluctuating demands. The administration of software, data and file storage on cloud servers is not a daunting task, as it is on a local server or machine. Cloud servers also offer unlimited space, which eliminates the need to delete historical or old data.
The server breakthroughs we talked about in this article have already revolutionized the course of the web hosting industry. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, so to will the server technology being used behind the scenes. Only the future knows what the next big server revolution will bring!