Global Hosting Services Category - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

  • Published: Feb 2019
  • Pages: 108
  • SKU: IRCMSTR10517-1
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Key findings: Hosting services


This hosting services procurement research report offers a comprehensive analysis of the pricing dynamics across various significant economies that can facilitate a comprehensive total pricing outlook for this category. Additional information includes an analysis of the regional spend potential, negotiation strategies while purchasing hosting services, and supplier selection criteria.


The faster penetration of internet-enabled hand-held devices is being capitalized by the leading industries who are leveraging the mobile applications to promote their products and services to a wider audience. This is consequently increasing the demand for mobile application hosting services. The e-commerce industry is one of the primary beneficiaries of this service who is expected to register more than 70% of e-commerce sales on the mobile platform. This will significantly contribute to the category spend momentum in the coming years. 

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Insights delivered


The hosting services procurement research report provides buyers with insights into the category spend and cost and volume drivers impacting the pricing of the products. It also offers information on the critical growth enablers that are responsible for impacting the overall supplier cost structure. This procurement market intelligence report has enlisted the globally preferred top hosting service providers.

Our portfolio of reports on the information technology category help buyers understand:

  • Global and regional spend potential for hosting services for the period of 2018-2023
  • Top suppliers and their cost structure
  • US supply market scenario
  • Incumbent supplier evaluation metrics

Analyze the global category spend for hosting services


Exponential growth of the e-commerce industry is acting as one of the primary growth drivers for the hosting services market. This demand for hosting services can be substantiated by a recent estimation of approximately 2 billion people who will leverage the internet for purchases in the next few years which will boost the e-commerce sales on a global scale. The importance of an online platform to boost sales is also compelling several brick-and-mortar retailers to procure from the hosting service providers, thereby; accelerating the category spend growth rate.

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This hosting services procurement research report offers coverage of:

  • Regional and global spend dynamics
  • Cost drivers impacting pricing
  • Market favorability index for suppliers


Optimize category spend for hosting services


Data security poses as one of the primary concerns while procuring hosting services, particularly while subcontracting services that are not a part of the buyers preferred suppliers portfolios. It is recommended that buyers must specify clauses that limit or control a subcontractors accessibility to the private data of clients that are loaded in a server.

This hosting services procurement market intelligence report also offers coverage of:

  • Cost drivers impacting pricing
  • Total cost of ownership
  • Overview of pricing models and their cost structure


Assess category spend for the US region


Factors like growing employment and the consumers changing purchasing preference are driving the e-commerce industry in the US. This will create a huge requirement in the hosting services market. To cater to consumers growing penchant towards mobile shopping, the hosting service providers in the US are innovating capabilities to provide services for buyers' applications/websites from such mobile devices. This is also offering a significant boost to the hosting services in the region.

Additional information offered in this hosting services procurement research report will help buyers analyze:

  • Category cost drivers in the US
  • Margins of suppliers in the US
  • Price outlook and forecasts until 2023

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Build strategies for effective supplier selection


This technology-driven hosting services market is characteristically dynamic because of the unpredictable consumer behavior and newer technological strides. To sustain in such a dynamic market, it is essential to procure from hosting service providers that are capable to provide scalable hosting services. Essentially, these services should be able to cater to future growth requirements that include upgrading accounts and server space.

This hosting services procurement research report identifies the significant costs incurred by suppliers and provides additional information on:

  • Cost-benefit analysis of pricing models
  • Supplier relationship management practices
  • Technology-facilitated procurement metrics


Devise effective category management strategies for hosting services


Procurement in the hosting services market can be a costly proposition and to devise a specific pricing strategy in order to stick to the budget in this dynamic market can be an extremely daunting task. In this respect, category managers must conduct a careful demand forecasting that will enable them to choose between complete or partial outsourcing of hosting requirements. This has been proven to facilitate substantial cost-savings in the long run.

Key insights offered in this hosting services procurement market intelligence report will help the buyers identify:

  • Supplier margins and selection criteria
  • Buyer ecosystem and factors influencing the procurement process
  • Strategic sourcing and category management strategies


Determine the spend dynamics for key geographies


The increasing penetration of SMEs in APAC is creating huge requirements for a range of hosting services. The SMEs are adopting cloud hosting services to support web hosting and e-mail hosting. Factors such as access to technology, skilled labor, better financing framework, favorable regulations, and the necessary infrastructure facilities that are creating a formidable platform for various entrepreneurial ventures in North America and Europe. These businesses are leveraging online platforms to improve their interaction with consumers and collect key consumer data. Consequently, this is creating a substantial requirement for a range of hosting services such as web hosting and data center hosting in the regions.

Key geographies analyzed in this hosting services procurement research report include the following:

  • APAC
  • MEA
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Information on the top hosting service providers and significant risks faced in the hosting services market are offered in this procurement market intelligence report. Download a free sample to access the reports complete scope of coverage.

Key Features of Report

Supply Market Insights
Procurement Best Practices
Cost Saving Opportunities
Pricing Models
Negotiation Strategies
Category Risk Analysis
Key Supplier Analysis
Supplier Capability Matrix


Hosting Services - Category Spend Analysis

According to SpendEdge analysts, one of the key growth contributors for the hosting services supply market is an increase in in-house designing costs. In addition, factors such as a rise in ownership costs of websites and increased demand for websites from startups, especially e-commerce companies will drive the growth of the hosting services market.


Hosting Services – Procurement Best Practices

Buyers must ensure the participation and collaboration of related cross-functional teams (hosting service providers, web designers, IT department, and procurement teams) in category management and planning activities. These teams can help adopt measures that can reduce the risk of data loss, and ensure maintenance of web servers and quality of services.


Hosting Services - Procurement Challenges

Based on the analysis in this report, a major procurement pain point experienced by the buyers is the migration of data. To mitigate the challenge, SpendEdge’s procurement specialists predict that the buyers must perform RFI processes to gauge the technological capabilities and knowledge of providers, and to weed out those offering the outdated technology. The buyers should also thoroughly discuss details regarding costs involved.

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PART 01: Executive Summary

PART 02: Market Insights

  • Global category spend
  • Category spend growth
  • Spend segmentation by region
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional influence on global spend
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers

PART 03: Category Pricing Insights

  • Pricing outlook
  • Supplier cost structure
  • Outlook for input costs
  • Total cost of ownership analysis
  • Overview of pricing models
  • Comparison of pricing models
  • Supply chain margins
  • Cost drivers impacting pricing
  • Volume drivers impacting pricing

PART 04: Cost-Saving Opportunities

  • Supplier-side levers
  • Buyer-side levers
  • Quantifying cost-saving opportunities
  • Quantifying cost savings by negotiation strategies

PART 05: Best Practices

  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence best practices
  • Procurement best practices
  • Sustainability practices

PART 06: Category Ecosystem

  • Market favorability index for suppliers
  • Competitiveness index for suppliers
  • Buyer power
  • Supplier power
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Buyer ecosystem
  • Supplier ecosystem

PART 07: Category Management Strategy

  • Category management objectives
  • Supplier and buyer KPIs
  • Outsourcing category management activities
  • Risk management

PART 08: Category Management Enablers

  • Procurement organization
  • Category enablers

PART 09: Suppliers Selection

  • RFx essentials
  • Supplier selection criteria
  • Service level agreement
  • Incumbent supplier evaluation metrics

PART 10: Suppliers Under Coverage

  • Overview
  • Supplier positioning
  • Profile: Amazon
  • Profile: Equinix
  • Profile: AT&T
  • Profile: Verizon
  • Profile: CenturyLink
  • Profile: NTT

PART 11: US Market Insights

  • Category spend in the US
  • Price outlook
  • Supplier cost structure in the US
  • Margins of suppliers in the US
  • Category cost drivers
  • Category volume drivers
  • Overview of best practices in the US
  • Procurement best practices in the US
  • US supply market overview
  • Supplier positioning for the US
  • Regional category risks

PART 12: Category Definition

  • Category hierarchy
  • Category scope
  • Category map

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations
  • Key Notes
  • Global category spend (2018-2023)
  • Category spend growth (2018-2023)
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Comparison of category maturity across regions
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers (2018-2023)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Input cost dynamics
  • Total cost of ownership model
  • Benefit comparison of pricing models
  • Pricing models – comparison matrix
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Supply-side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Demand-side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunity matrix
  • Negotiation grid
  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management metrics
  • Strategic sourcing and category management metrics
  • Technology-facilitated procurement metrics
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Sustainability practices: Impact on the category
  • Sustainability best practices
  • Market environment score
  • Market competitiveness score
  • Buyer power score
  • Supplier power score
  • Ease of market entry score
  • Ease of substitution score
  • Buyer ecosystem: Outlook
  • Supplier ecosystem: Outlook
  • Ecosystem disruption threats
  • Key category management objectives
  • Supplier KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Buyer KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Category management enablers
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category enablers: Procurement model
  • Category enablers: Technology
  • RFx questions
  • Phase I RFI considerations
  • SLA terms
  • Supplier performance benchmarking criteria
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Amazon – Key information dashboard
  • Equinix – Key information dashboard
  • AT&T – Key information dashboard
  • Verizon – Key information dashboard
  • CenturyLink – Key information dashboard
  • NTT – Key information dashboard
  • US category spend (2018-2023)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Strategic sourcing and category management
  • Technology-facilitated procurement
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category definition
  • Category nuances
  • Importance of category relative to other categories

Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings


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