Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Application Hosting

Many clients of mine asked me that what exactly hosting an application method. It has an easy concept, hosting an application or we can say application hosting is a web based solution that enables clients to run software applications via cloud on a recurring basis and is generally provided by an ASP I.e, Application Service Provider.

The requirement for ASPs has evolved from the increasing costs of specialized software that have far surpassed the price range of small to medium sized businesses. in addition, the growing complexities of software have led to maximum costs in distributing the software to end-users. With the help of ASPs, the complexities and costs of such software can be cut down. In addition, the problems of upgrading have been deleted from the end-firm by placing the onus on the ASP to continue up-to-date sets, 24 x 7 technical sustain, physical and electronic security and in-built sustain for business continuity and flexible working.

A hosted cloud system can be leased or rented on a monthly or annual basis, consequently discarding the need to buy expensive equipments, the main reason is that most of the equipments are hosted by the service provider and all communication is routed by that provider to and from your company’s site or sites. Application hosted ecosystem setup has an advantage in terms of cost of operation, and it is also easier to install, increases the flexibility and allows communicating from any part of the world with just an ease.

Hosted cloud solution is very inexpensive to function, and as usage and number of user increases, the cost advantage of hosted application systems simply disappears

Now next question is what is Hosting method?

Hosting is a software application dispensing system where clients application such as CRM, Location Intelligence or others, are maintained and managed by a qualified service provider and made obtainable to clients, as a service over the WWW. Exactly, this method that an application exist on the provider’s servers instead of clients personnel in-house servers. The application software can be immediately accessed and shared by client sales/marketing, by a web browser.

Advantages of good hosting service solutions:

  • No loss of data security/control
  • Easy and quicker implementation and quicker ROI

  • No steep learning curves, and also provides ease of use to clients

  • Reduced Sales, Marketing and IT sustain every time

  • Cheaper software and hardware costs

  • 24×7 maintenance, sustain, and security

  • Automatic and frequent upgrades of the application software

  • Ability to implement improvements on an current

The biggest advantage is that clients are sharing and accessing important information with all their sales and marketing teams, instead of it all residing on their separate desktops. In addition, clients should get: Sales & Marketing on the same page, sharing the similar information all the time Enhanced company image and customer loyalty Reduced costs and increased revenue and ROI.

Some inherent disadvantages areas follows:

  • The client must generally accept the application as provided since ASPs can only provide a customized solution for the largest clients

  • The client may rely on the provider to provide a basic business function, consequently limiting their control of that function and instead relying on the provider

  • Changes in the ASP market may consequence in changes in the kind or level of service obtainable to clients

  • Integration with the client’s non-ASP systems may be problematic

Evaluating an Application Service Provider security when moving to an ASP infrastructure can come at a high cost, as such a firm must estimate the level of risk associated with the ASP itself. Failure to properly explain such risk can rule to:

  • Loss of control of corporate data
  • Loss of control of corporate image
  • Insufficient ASP security to counter risks
  • Exposure of corporate data to other ASP customers
  • Compromise of corporate data

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