ICT infrastructure for rent
I founded my own SME two months ago. For an upcoming project we are going to need a better communication and information infrastructure than we currently have. Since we only need it for a limited period of time, it is not worth buying anything. Are there any alternatives? What do you suggest?
Today, few SMEs can survive without communication and IT technologies like emails, a company website, online backups and external data storage. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly complicated and time-consuming to operate such infrastructure as a result of technological developments, security issues and the limited sustainability of investments. One practical solution for SMEs is to avoid operating these kinds of systems themselves, by outsourcing, hiring or subscribing to hosted services offered by professional service providers. The provider looks after all important issues to ensure secure operation of the ICT infrastructure, allowing the SME to focus on its core business.
There are many advantages: hired services and storage can always be adapted to precisely suit the company's current requirements. Do you need more data storage space for a follow-up project? No problem – with hosted services, you can easily purchase more memory. Other benefits include further savings on maintenance and the upkeep of the system, up-to-date security software to protect against spam and virus attacks, and above all, more time to focus on your core business.
Hosted services could be a practical solution for your SME and your next project. With a rental infrastructure, you are not bound long-term to the products you require only temporarily and you'll also benefit from state-of-the-art technologies. This kind of solution can benefit start-ups who are undecided about their expansion plans, SMEs who would rather invest resources in their core business instead of ICT, as well as companies whose employees travel a lot and want round-the-clock access to business documents. Hosted services offer a wide variety of opportunities, so it's best to ask a SME consultant at your nearest SME centre for advice.