Web Host Industry Review Magazine July 08 Focuses on Security, SaaS

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Hosting magazine covers the physical security issue and puts the software as a service discussion to a panel of experts.

The Web Host Industry Review (http://www.thewhir.com), the publication of record for the hosting business, is excited to announce that the July 2008 issue of its Web Host Industry Review magazine has arrived, featuring coverage of some of the key issues facing the hosting decision makers today.

The July issue's cover story is a feature on the resurgent interest in physical data center security, borne by the string of notable break-ins and thefts that has occurred at data centers in the US and UK over the past year. In his physical security feature, WHIR editor Liam Eagle examines the state of physical security, once one of the key selling features of a hosting company's services.

The content for the July issue, however, began with SaaS - crafting a feature around the changing tone of the hosted application conversation in the hosting business.

"In designing the editorial for July, we began with an idea to assess the SaaS landscape as it stands today," says editor Liam Eagle, "Unmistakably one of the major issues in hosting, the SaaS discussion has evolved somewhat from evangelizing to strategizing - as hosting providers are no longer asking 'should I?' but instead asking 'how should I?'"

Regular WHIR contributor Wayne Epperson delivers a "SaaS scoreboard," incorporating the input of a long list of platform builders, trendsetters and decision makers, seeking answers to questions like "what are the right ways to build a SaaS platform?" and "what applications are ready to put into production right now?"

One of the key venues at which this sort of discussion has taken place up to this point has been the series of web hosting conferences that take place each year - which is likely to remain an interesting venue for tracking the evolution of the SaaS message.

And in a timely meeting of purposes, the July issue of WHIR magazine will be heavily distributed at the 2008 installment of HostingCon - the cornerstone of the hosting conference schedule, and always a key position for the distribution of WHIR magazine.

The magazine is further tied in to the hosting industry event through careful coverage. A feature by Esther M. Bauer provides HostingCon attendees with strategies for getting the most out of their time at the event, and a series of notes flagging companies and people exhibiting or presenting at the event and describing how to find them.

As has been the case since the event's inception, the WHIR's presence at the event will go well beyond magazines, with a substantial in-person contingent of journalists and business representatives, and the sponsorship of a networking lounge on the show floor.

"We think our July issue will provide HostingCon attendees with a valuable resource for attendees of HostingCon," says WHIR publisher Stephen Mayhew. "And as one of the most important voices in the hosting community, it's important to us to contribute to that community's biggest event as a significant in-person resource."

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