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Subject: Client Paying Late or Not Paying - What Do You Do? | The best of AI | News from around the hosting industry
Date: March 27th 2024

March 27th 2024

Client paying late or not paying - What do you do?

Flash has a client who pays monthly for him to host about 4 websites. He's been doing this for about 3 years for her, having developed the websites and been paid separately for them. Payments have always been on time, until recently. A few months ago things turned a little sour - The client wanted to end or reduce any contracts and the hosting is all that now remains with about 6 months left. It became clear to Flash that the sites were being redeveloped elsewhere and that he was old news. Each month the payments are arriving later and later, waiting to the very last reminder/warning, but now even a 7 day warning has gone unheard and the accout is 20 days late. The client has control of her own DNS and the technical ability to change it. So what action should be taken? In the case of large hosting companies, it's more likely that automation has already acted and the account and site(s) suspended automatically, but in the case of small to medium hosts, where more direct interaction with clients exists and long term relationships apply, it's more likely that the actual host has to take the decision to suspend. What would you advise in this case?

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The best of AI

Steve is finding it increasingly hard to keep up with AI development, so thought he'd ask the WHTers here for their input on the best AI programs currently on the market, and how they've used AI to benefit their firms or offerings. He's seeing mentions of IBM Watson Assistant, Synthesia, Databricks Data Intelligence and others, but hasn't personally delved into AI to date. Whilst it's generally acknowledged that there are dangers asscociated with AI, and there's a rush to legislate to control or reign in the less favourable potential uses for AI, it's clear that it's here to stay. Have you embraced AI and put it to use successfully in your business? Or are you fighting against its implementation?

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially our Web Hosting Lounge. Here we highlight just a selection of some of the interesting items from around the forum:

  • Meta planning new data center near Minneapolis, MN - The tech giant has announced plans to open a new data center in Rosemount, a township next to Minneapolis, MN, in 2026. The $800 million facility will be entirely powered by renewable energy. A Meta director said initial site work will begin this month, with foundation building beginning in late summer or early fall.
  • NTT expands in Thailand with a third data center - NTT Global Data Centers has broken ground on the data center in Bangkok. The new data center will offer 12MW of capacity, while its two original facilities have 1.6MW and 3.6MW. NTT has $90M invested into the new data center which will cover 4,000 square meters. The goal is to go live in 2H 2025.
  • Tract plans for massive data center campus in Arizona - The data center park developer is planning a new campus in Phoenix. The company is apparently plotting a $14 billion master-planned data center complex in a suburb of Phoenix. The development will span nearly 30 buildings and 5.6 million square feet. The project is due to start in 2025 and continue for 15-18 years.
  • Google to build billion dollar Kansas City data center - Last week Google announced it will be constructing a data center in Kansas City, representing a significant $1 billion investment aimed at advancing the company's efforts in artificial intelligence. This will be Google's first data center in the state of Missouri. Google said this data center will play an essential role in supporting the company’s AI innovations.

Got some news of your own to share? If it's news from your own company it belongs in Web Hosting Industry Announcements (no ads please!). If you've scooped some news about something else going on in the hosting industry we'd love for you to share it in our Industry News section! Also look out for threads marked with our new [NEWS] tag, when members have posted newsworthy items in various sections of the forum. You can search for them using Advanced Search, search by prefix "NEWS", and "show results as posts".

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