Application Hosting Services
Application Hosting Services refers to computing platforms that enable the delivery of software via the Internet. Application Hosting Services can provide an operational platform for virtually any type of software application. Content management applications, web development applications, database applications and email management applications serve as common examples of on-demand software that may be hosted via the Internet. Application Hosting Services are inclusive of Managed Hosting Services, which provide a higher level of service to client users, as compared to standard Application Hosting Services.
Managed Hosting Services providers deliver a level of support that goes beyond what’s offered with basic Application Hosting Services, such as: 24/7 monitoring, ongoing application maintenance (e.g. software updates) and business continuity services for mission critical applications. Manged Hosting Services providers promote an advanced level of service delivery in the following areas: availability, reliability, security, scalability and compliance (e.g. healthcare or financial industries). The most competitive Managed Hosting Services providers offer a 100% up time (application/platform availability) guarantee, which can be achieved through the proper use of virtualization and automated disaster recovery fail-over technologies.
Application Hosting Services Plans
Application Hosting Services are typically delivered as service plans with package based pricing that is based on a combination of the services delivered and the amount of support / intervention that’s required on the part of the Application Hosting Services provider. Examples of the service plans that might be made available by an Application Hosting Services provider are as follows:
- Enterprise Application Hosting Services Plan – Includes SaaS delivery with multi-tenancy. Provides complete isolation of virtual, clustered environments. Provides self-service management and rapid provisioning.
- Dedicated Application Hosting Services Plan – Includes SaaS delivery with single-tenancy. Provides superior levels of security and compliance. Customer manages the cloud services platform.
- Managed Application Hosting Services Plan – Includes SaaS delivery with single-tenancy. Provides self-service management and rapid provisioning. Provides superior levels of security and compliance. Application Hosting Services provider manages the cloud services platform.
Many application hosting vendors provide a high level of flexibility in their service offerings, including the ability to deliver hybrid cloud hosting services, which couples IaaS (infrastructure as a service) delivery with PaaS (platform as a service) delivery.