A good data host should be something like a suitable dinner host — stable and reliable with good table manners and some seriousness of purpose.
But with web hosting, we often do not know what is actually being served on our plates.
How reputable is the host? What kinds of security is in place to protect both data and accounts? Will the hosting provider guarantee a 100% uptime? How much data can be served and stored? How up-to-date are the host’s hardware and the software? Can you call the host with questions or have a quick chat about the weather?
There is one question that we will increasingly be asking: How green are the hosts with whom we trust our data?