IaaS is an offering of on-demand and scale-able compute resources, complemented by storage, security and networking capabilities which are all owned by a service provider. As a client you can self-manage your cloud hosted infrastructure using a web portal. You can also increase or decrease based on your business demands and seasonal trends, so you're only paying for what you need.
If you use Facebook, Twitter or even Gmail for that matter, you're essentially using an application which has to hosted at an (ASP) application service provider. Your business applications are no different If you run a business and have the need to share an application such as quick-books with you team, the most cost effective and reliable way to distribute traditional client server based applications is to centrally locate and share then from the cloud, hence the need for a cloud hosting provider who offers application hosting services.
Application Hosting is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software.” or is also commonly referred to as “software as a service,” or SaaS. There are a number of different application provider types. They are:
A vertical market ASP – Application solutions are packaged for a specific type of customer, such as a doctor’s office
A specialist or functional ASP – Offers a single purpose application, such as the processing of credit card payments.
Enterprise ASP – Delivery of broad spectrum commonly used application in a corporate /enterprise environment.
Localized ASP – Offers small business hosted application services, which are delivered to a finite geographical area.
Volume ASP – A specialist ASP which offers a hosted application or service designed to deliver low cost solutions through their own website. PayPal is a great example of this type of service.
Access from anywhere on any device
Hosted application bring a new level of productivity and efficiency enabling your workforce to access your hosted applications from any device, at any time from any location.
Boost employee productivity
Hosted applications also enable your employees to work at their pace and get their tasks completed by being able to perform their work around their personal schedules and still meet occupational goals.
There are many benefits to hosted applications, then main an obvious benefits of hosting your applications in the cloud with a reputable and reliable cloud service provider are that, there is no need for vendor installation or upgrades, low costs of operating hosted applications over the traditional on-premise application server model, and there is hardly any risk, and no long-term commitment.
In almost all the cases cloud service provider takes care of backups and viruses, and there is absolutely no need to purchase or maintain hardware and software, the investment in local software and hardware is reduced, and there is no need for data to be synchronized with multiple devices which in itself is a big relief, access is available globally for all users with privileges. However the catch is that there does have to be a reliable Internet connection to access hosted application.
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