All businesses monitor costs and look for ways to improve the bottom line. You may be the one responsible for finding the most cost-effective means to maintain a critical IT infrastructure. If so, have you considered managed hosting? Not only can managed hosting provide the highest levels of reliability and security, but it can also boost ROI for your company.
Reduced Construction and Maintenance Costs
Capital expenditure is a constant concern for businesses small and large. The amount of money required to build and manage your own data center can be hefty. By choosing a managed hosting solution, that capital expense is spent using the server hardware and equipment from a managed hosting provider. You simply pay the provider a monthly fee, which also covers on-site management, security and monitoring. Your organization realizes a high ROI because you don’t have to purchase data center equipment or invest in additional human capital for its operation and maintenance.
Supported Flexibility and Expansion
With many IT departments focused on flexibility and agility, it’s no wonder that the demand for managed hosting has skyrocketed. Managed hosting allows organizations to easily scale their IT infrastructure as their business needs evolve, even on a seasonable basis. For example, if your organization has a significant increase in business during the holiday season, you don’t need to purchase equipment that is only required for two or three months of the year. Instead, you can add additional resources to cover your needs.
ROI is difficult to measure, especially when it comes to reliability. Consider that managed hosting provides greater returns than your on-premise solution for two reasons: downtime and disaster recovery. Many managed hosting providers have support teams available 24/7 so that your problem is quickly identified and a plan is in motion is as soon as an outage occurs; there’s no need to spend resources on separate support staff dedicated to troubleshooting. Also, you can consolidate your backup and recovery expenses since most managed hosting providers can provide those additional services and will handle those functions as part of your contractual agreement.
With your equipment and IT infrastructure safely housed away from your business’ main premises, managed hosting allows operations and productivity to remain unaffected by what occurs at your headquarters. The support systems and redundancy procedures built into a data center add additional layers of protection to keep your operations up and running.
Potential for Technological Upgrade
Most businesses struggle to predict how or when they’ll grow and expand. In the same way, organizations are hard pressed to project how long they’ll be able to skate by with their current IT solutions. By switching to managed hosting, your company is no longer bound by the aging and potentially outdated equipment you own, or plagued by the cost of purchasing new technology as it becomes available. You’ll have the option to upgrade as new needs arise and only pay for what you need.
A smart business investment is not always about buying more equipment; it can be about investing in a relationship with a service provider that facilitates cost savings, flexibility and reliability—and ROI.
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