For small business owners, there are several different ways to set up your IT infrastructure (i.e. computers, software applications, website, etc.). You could purchase your own server and attempt to support all of your IT needs on your own. However, it may not be the most cost-efficient solution, since you have to purchase or lease all of the required hardware, as well as purchase software. In most cases, any computer-based technology you invest in today will quickly be outdated within the next 18 to 24 months.
A more cost-effective option is to use application hosting and hosted application solutions. This is where all of your software apps are hosted in the Cloud on a remote desktop server. The benefits of using hosting services, include:
- No hardware to purchase.
- No worrying about updates, upgrades, and backups, as these are done for you.
- No need for your own internal, large IT infrastructure.
- Requires less frequent computer upgrades, and most computers last between 3 to 5 years.
- Reduces risk of data loss.
- Lowered risk of cybersecurity threats and attacks.
With many software providers offering software-as-a-service (SaaS) options these days, it is easier for small business owners to be running the latest software and applications, all through a hosted solution. With hosted applications, there is no software to install on computers and workstations.
Rather, you connect directly to your virtual server over the Internet, log in through a secure connection, and have immediate access to your applications, files, and data. To learn more about virtual desktops, and application and software hosting, contact CyberlinkASP today at 972-262-5200.