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On-Premise Hosting Continues to Lose Luster

Whether it’s something as simple as making a cloud-based database accessible to remote workers or managing a Microsoft Hosted Exchange implementation relied upon by the entire company, LOGIX is the comprehensive source for supporting anytime, anywhere productivity.

Businesses around the country have tightened their belts in recent years, and IT departments have been tasked with finding creative ways to help their companies do more with less. But before that collective goal can be realized, it must first be achieved on a smaller scale within the tech team itself. As a result, IT administrators have taken a keen interest in transferring everything from email hosting to firewall management tasks to specialized third-party solutions providers equipped to handle day-to-day challenges with superior efficiency. In turn, in-house staffers suddenly find themselves with more time to dedicate toward developing the innovative concepts and systems their business directors demand.

Writing’s on the wall

It wasn’t long ago that a certain stigma was associated with asking third-party contractors to host select servers and applications. Part of this came from an irrational fear of anything connoting outsourcing, but such strategies also carried an implicit admission that in-house IT teams may be passing the buck. While it was understandable that smaller firms with limiting technological means might be reaching out for assistance, it was almost inconceivable that a large company would not have all of the resources required to efficiently watch over its own IT assets.

Times have changed, however, and the central issue has evolved from a matter of if a company can handle hosting in house to a question of whether or not they should migrate the basics off-site.

“If I can pay a fair price to have someone else set up, maintain, secure and support an online service for me that eliminates the need for me to own my own hardware and manage my own server software, I will take that offer every time,” veteran tech columnist Ed Bott recently wrote for ZDNet.

Consumers came to this realization some time ago, according to Bott. And as the age of consumerized IT begins in earnest, a number of those same individuals are investigating what a partnership with LOGIX can bring to their business. Whether it’s something as simple as making a cloud-based database accessible to remote workers or managing a Microsoft Hosted Exchange implementation relied upon by the entire company, LOGIX is the comprehensive source for supporting anytime, anywhere productivity.

More than merely money

Cost-cutting impulses are often the driving force behind managed hosting strategies, and for good reason. LOGIX customers gain affordable, predictable, high availability business solutions with no capital investment required. Flexible service models also negate the wasteful spending formerly associated with ill-fitting contracts. Resources can be scaled up or down as commerce demands to ensure subscribers are not just getting what they paid for, but paying only for what they’re getting.

But as managed hosting and cloud computing arrangements become less the exception and more the rule, companies are realizing that the benefits can extend to both top and bottom lines. In the latest global survey conducted by Microsoft and 451 Research, it was discovered that more than half of the companies are now stepping into the cloud with the specific intent to grow their business and/or engender a fundamental realignment of organizational strategy. Hybrid cloud services, in particular, were tapped as the most popular choice moving forward.

“The next two years will be the era of hybrid cloud, with 68 percent of customers planning to adopt hybrid cloud models – up from 49 percent today,” noted Microsoft vice president Marco Limena.

LOGIX is uniquely positioned to cater to this emerging demand as well, with our hybrid cloud services capable of being securely calibrated to the exact specifications our customers need to succeed.

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