What is Hosting?

Simply put, hosting is where we take your applications, be they Internet applications such as Web and Email or what was previously LAN applications such as File Sharing and/or ERP platforms and host them remotely on a highly available and highly scaleable platform.

What are the benefits of Hosting?

Many years ago, the pricing of WAN and Internet lines for corporate use meant that most companies needed to run all their infrastructure on their LAN. This was necessary because of the high-bandwidth and low-latency requirements of those applications.

Things have changed. The pricing of Internet lines and the proliferation of IPsec site-to-site VPNs means that long distance bandwidth is cheap, and latencies are also lower due to the updated technologies that transit carriers are using. Newer applications are also now more 'web-aware', by which we mean that they have been designed to function well over a MAN / WAN topology and are not restricted to LANs.

Now, and even more so in the future, it makes sense to host some infrastructure outside of the company's physical domain.

The design empowers your workforce to work remotely, allowing them to have the same access when on the road as they have when they are in the office.

Disaster Survivability

Years ago many companies devised Disaster Recovery Plans (DRPs) which involved them managing cold and/or warm-sites only for use should a disaster occur at their main operating sites. This had a huge impact on their operating costs, not just the cost of leasing real-estate that wasn't used, but in the cost of updating the plan as the IT infrastructure developed around them.

By hosting your applications in Disaster Survivable facilities this problem has been solved. Your workforce can adequately work from home in the event of your main premises becoming unavailable with near 90% of the efficiency that they would have at the office.

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