Philbert Shih is the Founder and Managing Director of Structure Research, an independent Toronto and Singapore-based research and consulting firm devoted to the cloud and data centre infrastructure services markets with a specialization in the hyperscale value chain.
Mr. Shih is based in Toronto and has covered the infrastructure services space for over 20 years. His coverage of the sector is global in scope and extends across the broader Internet infrastructure value chain. He is the conference chair for the annual infra / STRUCTURE summit and heads up the Structure Research consulting practice, which has advised and provided subject matter expertise for transactions across data centre, cloud and managed hosting, with over $3b in value.
Mr. Shih is a regular speaker at industry events and has been quoted in various publications such as The South China Morning Post, The Deal, Data Economy, The Globe and Mail, IT World Canada, National Post, The Cube, Computerworld, InfoWorld, Bizjournals, Data Center
Knowledge, Light Reading, eWeek, Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and Forbes.
Prior to founding Structure Research in 2011, Mr. Shih was the first hosting infrastructure analyst hired after Tier1 Research was sold to The 451 Group (2005) and spent six years as Senior Analyst for managed hosting and cloud. In this role, Mr. Shih helped launch Tier1’s coverage of hosting and cloud in international markets and was the lead and contributing author to all of the company’s quarterly and bi-annual hosting infrastructure sector reports.
Prior to joining Tier1 Research, Mr. Shih spent more than four years covering the web hosting industry – three of them as Senior Staff Writer for The Web Host Industry Review’s online and print publications. At theWHIR, Mr. Shih covered companies in the SMB and enterprise hosting, cloud and colocation segments.
Mr. Shih holds an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in political economic development.