Many clients questions that what exactly hosting an application means. 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. As well, 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 eliminated from the end-firm by placing the onus on the ASP to maintain up-to-date services, 24 x 7 technical support, physical and electronic security and in-built support for business continuity and flexible working.
A hosted cloud system can be leased or rented on a monthly or annual basis, thus discarding the need to buy expensive equipment's, the main reason is that most of the equipment's are hosted by the service provider and all communication is routed through that provider to and from your company's site or sites.
Application hosted environment 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 operate, and as usage and number of user increases, the cost advantage of hosted application systems simply disappears.
Now next question is what is Hosting means?
Hosting is a software application distribution system where clients application such as CRM, Location Intelligence or others, are maintained and managed by a qualified service provider and made available to clients, as a service over the WWW. Exactly, this means that an application exist on the provider’s servers instead of clients personnel in-house servers. The application software can be instantly accessed and shared by client sales/marketing, through a web browser.
Hosted applications are hosted and driven from the remote cloud infrastructure and are accessed throughout the world through the Internet. They provide the same functionality as locally installed software but can be updated more easily. Hosted applications also called as an Internet-based applications, Web applications and online applications, although these terms often have a larger scope.
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 support every time
- Cheaper software and hardware costs
- 24x7 maintenance, support, and security
- Automatic and frequent upgrades of the application software
- Ability to implement improvements on an ongoing
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 area’s follows:
- The client must generally accept the application as provided since ASPs can only afford a customized solution for the largest clients
- The client may rely on the provider to provide a critical business function, thus limiting their control of that function and instead relying on the provider
- Changes in the ASP market may result in changes in the type or level of service available to clients
- Integration with the client's non-ASP systems may be problematic
Application hosting is the methodology of outsourcing access to software applications to an ASP, rather than purchasing or administering the software using internal resources. The choice to use an application hosting strategy is to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Application hosting needs customers to have secured Internet access to the provider's premises to access server hardware, application software, administrative services and end user support.
Now small and medium enterprises are rapidly making the switch to Hosted cloud systems for business class features of an office phone system at minimum affordable prices. Cloud computing providers offer an economic and convenient alternative to the traditional fixed office systems. Security of business calls is a sensitive issue which is a deciding factor while going for Hosted environment because all the data is stored on the server database. Providers make use of meticulous and updated firewalls and online security tools to safeguard customer data with regular monitoring and backups in multiple locations accessible through highly secure web browsers and an authentic log in.
Hosted cloud system is growing continuously. The tax software hosting or any application server hosting is a revolutionary, technologically evolved, effective communication system that is rapidly altering the way small and medium business enterprises communicate. In order for any business to have a cutting edge and to succeed in an ever growing digital world, Hosted cloud is the right way to go as it gave the simple platform for accounting and tax software hosting like ACT, ATX, Peachtree, Drake, Lacerte and many more.
Various types of Hosting services are as follows:
- Accounting application Hosting
- Tax Software Hosting
- QuickBooks software Hosting
- ATX Tax Software Hosting
- Quicken Software Hosting
- Proseries Tax Software Hosting
- Peachtree Software Hosting
- Lacerte Tax Software HostinG
- MYOB software Hosting
- Ultra Tax Software Hosting
- QuickBooks Add ones Hosting
- Drake Tax Software Hosting
- Quicken Add ons Hosting
- Taxwise Software Hosting
- PeachTree Add ones Hosting
- Corptax Hosting
- ACT! by Sage CRM Hosting
- Taxworks Hosting
- ACT! add-ons Hosting
- Vertex Tax Software Hosting
Denor Linen is an accountant with SageNext Infotech. He is having expertise in project management, accounting operations. With SageNext, he consults the client accountants about the benefit of QuickBooks Hosting .
SageNext is a leading QuickBooks Hosting provider, dealing in all kinds of tax and accounting application hosting.