These days, many businesses turn to hosted solutions to take advantage of services that they haven’t been able to use in the past. Whether it’s because they don’t have the staff to properly look after the services or they don’t have the in-house infrastructure for it, organizations continue to take advantage of hosted solutions to varying degrees. We’ll walk you through your options for whether you should build, rent, or buy your hosted solutions to best fit your business’ needs.
Building Hosted Solutions
When you build a hosted solution, you’re doing just that--building it to suit your organization’s specific needs. Regardless of whether or not it’s hosted on your infrastructure, it’s still something that you put together based on your exact specifications. Be sure to consider exactly what kind of solution your business needs--whether it’s an application, storage space, or connectivity with other applications. Either way, the end result is something that you can expect to be just what you ordered.
Buying Hosted Solutions
Purchasing a hosted solution outright means that you’re investing money into a solution, but it’s not going to be customized to be exactly what you want it to be. Rather, you can think of it as a “template,” built to work for the majority of users rather than any specific one. This is great for businesses that might not know specifically what they want, or if they just want to dabble with a solution before going all-in on building something specific; but it’s not recommended for organizations that know exactly what they want or expect from their hosted solution.
Renting Hosted Solutions
Once you have an idea of what kind of hosted solution you want to implement, you’ll need to make the choice of how it’s going to be hosted. In this case--renting--you’re purchasing space on someone else’s infrastructure to host your solution. While it’s not on your infrastructure, it’s worth mentioning that this type of hosting has its benefits. In particular, your organization won’t have to be responsible for managing or maintaining the solution, which adds in a whole new level of value for hosted solutions.
Ultimately, how you proceed with hosted solutions is up to you, but you don’t have to make this decision alone. For more information, reach out to the technology professionals from Washington Works at 301-571-5040.
Washington Works has been serving the Bethesda area since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.