Using Hosted applications in the cloud now a real alternative to buying a server

Giving small business users the applications they want, available everywhere? It’s actually easier than you think. With Windows Server 2008 R2, the venerable Terminal Services gains a host of new capabilities including the ability to provision hosted applications in the cloud.

These new features enable you to create an affordable remote cloud application infrastructure in even the smallest of business environments.
Terminal Services isn’t new technology. First released in 1988 with Windows NT Terminal Server Edition, this technology enables a way to serve centrally-hosted applications over an internal network. With its new components that are freely available in Windows Server 2008 R2, specifically RD Web Access and RD Gateway, those same applications can also be securely hosted across the Internet.

However to do this still requires a lot of expensive hardware and specialised skills to setup. So if you would like to be able to access your applications from anywhere on the internet using almost any device then you should consider outsourcing your core business application to a specialist provider. One of the first things you need to decide is do you want a completely managed service where you do nothing but use the software and get on with your day to day business or do you want just rent a server from someone and manage the application yourself.

If you decide on an unmanaged service then you should make sure you are fully aware of what is and is not included. With this type of service you are usually responsible for:

  • Installing the Software
  • Making software available to the internet.
  • Managing your data
  • Backups
  • Anti Virus
  • Disaster Recovery

Also the terms and conditions of an unmanaged service usually states that in the event of a problem with the server they will just re-install the operating system which can leave your business without access to critical applications for days. There are lots of these providers about and they usually sell there services advertising VPS (Virtual Private Server) or Hosted Desktops.

With a good managed service all you will need to do is provide the number of users who require access to your application along with the software and they will take care of everything else.  You don’t need to worry about backups or anti-virus or how to access your data. The provider you choose will depend your individual requirements.

Your Office Anywhere provides exactly this kind of service so if you are thinking about replacing your server or want an end to end solution then contact us now and we will be more than happy to discuss any requirements you might have.

Categories: Hosted Applications, Remote Desktop

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