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Subject: WebHostingTalk Insider - Premium Domains | Web hosting in the 90s | News from around the hosting industry
Date: May 22nd 2024

May 22nd 2024

Premium Domains

Dustin has been shopping around for a few domain names recently and one of them has been deemed "premium" by the registrars, but is not currently registered. He's done some research and found that there's clearly a lot of flexibility and variability in the premium pricing for the domain. Registrars seem to vary pretty aggressively on both initial cost and renewal. His  question therefore is who is your go-to for domains like this? Who offers the best deal? And if it's not already registered, is it premium? Who decides if a domain name is premium, what factors are used to determine the price, and is that price negotiable? Share your thoughts in the thread.

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Web hosting in the 90s

Tom's first post on WHT is to look back at web hosting in the 90s and remark that it all sounds like a total pain. By 1995 you could create a personal website on geocities.com. Everyone knows that. But what's less well documented is how real companies (e.g. amazon.com) hosted a website behind their own domain. 1995 strikes Tom as an interesting time because it's before HTTP/1.1 (there's no "Host" header, so virtual hosting is out of the question), most internet is dial-up and major web sites still used today launched (Amazon, eBay). He'd like to know what options companies had to host a website on their own domain in 1995. Could companies buy a dedicated server from a hosting company? What was the process? Did each server come with its own IP address as standard? What were the costs? Over to you to explain!

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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:

  • Microsoft's new AI Recall feature records your PC activities - Microsoft have revealed that its new AI-powered feature called "Recall" will record PC activities including those performed in apps, communications in live meetings, and websites visited. The purpose of this new feature is to allow Copilot+ PC users running Windows 11 with the ability to retrieve their past activities. Recall uses AI features "to take images of your active screen every few seconds." Despite encryption and local storage, the new feature raises privacy concerns for certain Windows users. For example, someone with access to your Windows account could potentially use Recall to see everything you've been doing recently on your PC. Microsoft stated users can pause, stop, or delete captured content and can exclude specific apps or websites.
  • Power company wants data centers to pay in advance for electricity in Ohio - American Electric Power Co. proposes data center developers will commit to energy purchases. This means that new, large data centers would need to commit to 10 years paying for a minimum of 90% of the electricity requested, even if they use less. AEP Ohio has stated that power demand in central Ohio is expected to double from 2018 and 2028, driven by data center requirements. AEP has agreements to add 4,400 megawatts of power to central Ohio by 2030, making total demand for electricity in the region about equal to that of Manhattan.
  • Broadcom unveils 400G PCIe Gen5.0 ethernet adapters for AI data centers - Aiming to revolutionize the data center environment, Broadcom has launched its newest line of scalable, high-performing, and energy-efficient Ethernet adapters. With the rapid expansion of XPU bandwidth and cluster sizes in AI data centers, these new devices would offer an advanced, open, standards-based Ethernet NIC and switching solution to meet connectivity challenges. Broadcom's new switch portfolio would mark a significant milestone as one of the industry's first Ethernet adapters built with 5nm process technology, providing a power and thermally efficient design. The Ethernet adapter's capabilities include driving passive copper cables up to five meters, supporting ultra-low power linear pluggable optics transceivers, and integrating with Broadcom's high-radix Ethernet switches.
  • Microsoft continues Atlanta data center expansion - They recently paid more than $56M to add 161 acres to already existing land in the Atlanta area. Since February, Microsoft has acquired almost 320 acres across the city's Southside, paying roughly $115 million in total for developable land. This land spending is happening as Microsoft's planned corporate campus on the city's Westside remains uncertain. Last year Microsoft paused the campus project, yet its real estate activity in the metro area has only accelerated for its data centers. Since last year, Atlanta data center construction has increased 211%. It is the fastest among major data center markets across the country.

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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