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hosted services

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Hosted services are outsourced information technology (IT) systems and functions. A hosted service provider owns and oversees infrastructure, software and administrative tasks and makes the system available to clients, usually over the Internet. 

The three main elements of hosted services are software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). In combination, the three elements encompass software and  network capacity as well as the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. 

Hosted services may be provided on a dedicated or shared-service model. In a dedicated hosting environment, the service provider reserves servers and infrastructure elements for each client. In shared hosting, services are provided to multiple clients from pooled resources and charged for on a per-use basis.

Hosted services are essentially the same thing as cloud services, although some experts argue that cloud services are more interconnected with other Web-based offerings.

This was last updated in April 2013

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Can anyone advise how your companies Change Management process fits into hosted services. Do they follow your CM process in detail as they have their own in-house CM process or do you create a Standard Pre-approved change and just schedule according to your in-house process.

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Hosting services is very important at this time, without it you have to face more problems in business. Small and Medium businesses have many business application software which have requirement of hosting. Hosting make easy work of accounting and saving data to loss.
Your definition is perfect of Hosted services.
Thanks for share it.
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Hosting is the basic need of any person without hosting everyone are feeling unsecured for own data. You write there a very good line.

The SageNext provide Cloud hosting services for SMBs applications as like Quickbooks, Sage, Drake, Act, and Peachtree etc. They are specialized and famous for best hosting services.


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