LONDON, August 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
As businesses become increasingly frustrated by shelf-life hardware and out-of-the-box software, hosted solutions have grown increasingly popular, with 81% of corporates already using or planning to use cloud-based services according to recent research.
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42% of SMEs who subscribed to hosted services did so in the last 12 months, showing the swift emergence of cloud solutions.
These solutions, such as cloud hosting from TalkTalk Business, could help revolutionise your business for the better. Let's see how:
Businesses are always looking to drive additional value with ICT. Hosted services allow businesses to operate with increased agility while keeping costs under control at the same time. Which works well, considering 75% of businesses reported that cost savings were needed to justify using hosted services.
Service providers will manage your infrastructure, meaning less work for end-users. 67% of cloud hosting users said that easier maintenance is a key benefit of hosted services. Furthermore, 79% of cloud hosted users saw technical benefits which wouldn't have been possible through in-house data centres.
Cloud hosting solutions offer regular, automatic service updates, which 64% of respondents said was a crucial benefit. Service providers are incentivised to offer these new upgrades in line with their competitors so as not to lose customers, making it a win-win situation for users.
Cloud hosting moulds itself around your businesses demand - it can be scaled up or down depending on your peaks and troughs in activity, making it tailored to your business niche. 80% of users changed to cloud hosting because of this increased organisational agility.
If businesses consolidate servers by using hosted solutions, savings of £1.2billion and a 50% reduction in C02 emissions could be achieved by 2020, according to The Carbon Disclosure Project.
Cloud technology means employees can work from any location (including on the move), via an internet-enabled device, offering an 'anytime, anywhere approach'.
Hosted solution providers are motivated to offer the best security available - one breach could cause irreversible damage. Very few individual businesses could afford this level of protection.
In the event of a disaster, your data and files are backed up off-site by your infrastructure provider, minimising losses.
Andy Lockwood, Director of Product & Marketing at TalkTalk Business, says most "ICT services can be provided more cost effectively and technically better with higher reliability from a cloud service."
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