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You might be familiar with the concept of hosting a service or application in-house on your own server units, and if you are, you know all about the struggles that come along with doing so. But what if we told you that you can get the same benefits of hosting your own applications and IT systems without the need for any of the bulky equipment taking up space in your office? Yes, that’s right—you too can host your business applications, even if you do not have the space to do so, and it’s all thanks to the cloud.
Small businesses often struggle with the traditional methods of application hosting, and it’s really due to no fault of their own. If you think about small businesses, you might notice that many simply do not have the space to accommodate hosting technology. They also might run into challenges with procurement due to limited budgets, and if they do manage to procure the correct technology, it can be a challenge to maintain it and keep it functional.
One way that companies can circumvent these challenges is by working with a managed service provider who offers hosting services. Take Preferred, for example. Our cloud services give small businesses the ability to leverage the technology without any of the struggles of your traditional methods. Basically, we can host aspects of your technology infrastructure, like your email, line-of-business applications, or Voice over IP telephone system, so that you don’t have to worry about hosting it yourself. You might be surprised by how convenient cloud hosting can be for a business like yours.
We cannot discuss cloud hosting without first discussing the limitations of traditional hosting. It used to be the case that hosting applications on your in-house network would limit how and when you could access it. For example, if you host your own email server, if it’s not configured to allow remote access, you can only access it while on the in-house network. This is why the cloud has really taken off in the business sector; the anytime-anywhere access idea is just too good to pass up.
Most services your business implements can be accessible online via the cloud, and as long as you are working with a managed service provider for your hosting needs, you don’t have to worry about where those services or applications will live. Best of all, outsourcing the hosting and management of your services means that you can focus elsewhere within your organization, like keeping operations running in the most efficient way possible.
Preferred can help your business achieve this hands-off approach to its IT management and maintenance. To learn more about how we can change your outlook on technology hosting, reach out to us at 708-781-7110.