Whether you know it or not, you probably already make use of remotely hosted software on your phone or tablet. Why not do the same for the software and applications you use at work?
Prior to the introduction of cloud computing, anything technology-related was a lot more work for those using it. That’s really the core benefit of the cloud as a whole – it took all the work and stress that came with needing effective hardware and software and moved it off-site. Away from businesses and users, so that they didn’t have to worry about it, but they could still access it whenever they needed to.
One such solution based on this model? Remote hosting.
Remote hosting is a method for delivering software applications, databases, and files to users from remote servers that are housed off-site in data centers. This is opposed to the traditional, pre-cloud model in which all software was hosted directly on the user’s PC or laptop, or in nearby hardware.
When needed, the user can access the application and their data by securely logging in to the remote server via the cloud, usually through an Internet browser. Once logged in, the user can make use of the software, access and modify data, and more, all without having to actually be at the data center, or install the software on their own device.
Like all solutions offered by the cloud, remote hosting provides a number of key advantages when compared to the conventional method of hosting software and data.
It’s a comprehensive model with few downsides for the user. You get all of the benefits with none of the downsides, meaning no money has to be spent on maintenance or the personnel to handle it.
Compare that to the initial investment required to purchase software (and or the hardware needed to host it), and the difference in financial commitment is clear.
Regardless of where the user is (at the office, at home, in transit, on vacation, etc.), or what device their user (desktop PC at work, personal laptop at home, tablet or smartphone on the go), so long as they have an Internet connection and their credentials, they can access work whenever they need to.
Furthermore, there’s no need to pay for all of the infrastructure required to host software locally – servers, cabling, network materials, etc. – or the staff to handle its maintenance.
This once again removes additional work from the user’s plate and makes it a part of the provider’s service, covered by the monthly rate.
So, what’s the bottom line when it comes to remote hosting for applications? Answer this question: would you rather handle a complicated, time-consuming and expensive process yourself? Or pay a small monthly fee to have someone else handle it for you?
You probably have your answer.
Author: Joe Martin, Date: 2018-08-04