Application hosting model or ASP (Application Service Provider) model is now very popular. When it emerged as a new model for providing hosting services, it instantaneously attracted the attention of almost every major hardware maker, software supplier, and integrator serving the mobile workforce marketplace. This relatively simple evolution of computing technology has been benefiting small to mid size companies in many ways since its inception. Application hosting model is also being adopted by large companies as well.
Now only few companies still opt to license and install software solutions on their own network server, as for the majority of the others the Application hosting model or ASP (Application Service Provider) model provides the alternative. ASP (Application Service Provider) model involves, in the simplest of terms, leasing the use of software applications for monthly or usage fees. Application Service Provider hosts many business application programs on its powerful servers, usually at redundant data centers, and access is provided via an Internet browser like Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, or others.
Benefits of Application Hosting
Team of Experts
When you move to a hosted application solution, it appears as if you suddenly have an entire staff of experts working for you, serving as an extension of your IT department, and allowing your in-house team to focus on the other critical aspects of your business. Application hosting service provider hires only the best of the best, and do everything to create a great place for them to work. Very high employee strength of application hosting service provider entails very high customer satisfaction.
Fully Reliable Accessibility
Application hosting service providers are committed to providing a reliable and very high uptime. They know that if servers go down, your productivity goes down, and result is loss of revenue. They try their best to keep you fully satisfied with their hosting services. If you are not satisfied, they are also not satisfied.
As application hosting service providers focus on their specific area of expertise, they can stay on top of the latest advances in their industry. They also have the all the required resources to implement and maintain a variety of robust technologies to deliver the best in hosted applications. Hosts partner with the world's leading developers to ensure that they always use and provide the cutting edge technologies for all of their hosted applications.
Automatic Backups, Easy Data Recovery, and Enhanced Security
Hosted application providers acknowledge the criticality of your business data and therefore design their systems to protect that invaluable data. They have the complete set of resources to implement fully exhaustive and robust backup and data recovery procedures. Hosting service vendors back up your data every night, in multiple geographic locations, in their top-tier data centers. If, in any case, a data file gets corrupted, you can restore it easily through the host at no cost, even up to many days after the data was corrupted.
Access Data Anywhere
With hosted applications, you get a multitude of data access options. Your company's employees become more flexible, productive, and collaborative compared to employees who are limited to use only few locally installed specific desktop computers on the premises of your office. With hosting solutions, location of your employees no longer remains an issue of concern. You can access your business critical data and software from any personal computer or laptop or mobile device connected to the Internet. Data transmissions are fully secured and there is not even a single possibility of data leakage.
Get Hosted Almost Any Application
You get any of the various application software programs hosted on the host's robust servers. You can get hosted QuickBooks accounting software, MS SQL Server, MS Project, etc.
You Get Automatic Software Upgrades
Choosing hosted software ends your worries about installing software upgrades or security patches. Upgrading of software is done by the host.