According to the research firm Gartner, more than 90% of the smartphones in the world use either an Android or iOS operating system. It’s easy to see why: Android and iOS together support more than 1 million unique applications, while the Windows Phone operating system (with a mere 3% market share) has the ability to run only 100,000 or so applications. Without applications, smartphones are just normal cell phones, and their users—no longer able to receive and answer emails, browse the Internet, conduct research, and work on projects—lose the ability to remain informed, connected, and productive no matter where they are.
For as much as smartphones depend on applications, however, it’s even more important for users of more powerful computing devices (such as desktops, laptops, or end-user devices that rely on the processing power and storage capacity of servers) to have applications that are compatible with desktop or server operating systems. A computer that had a Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, or Linux operating system but that didn’t have the ability to install or access applications wouldn’t be of much use to anyone. For example, just as it would be impossible for a user to create professional-looking documents on a PC without Microsoft Word or a similar word processing application, users would also have to switch back to old-fashioned paper-and-pencil bookkeeping if their operating system didn’t support QuickBooks, QuickBooks Premier, QuickBooks Enterprise, or Sage 50.
While users depend on applications to be able to complete their work quickly and effectively, a business, in turn, needs its workers to be as quick and effective as possible if it wants to be efficient enough to make a profit; therefore, it’s important for businesses to maintain the performance, security, and reliability of their applications if they want to succeed. Unfortunately, it’s beyond the budget or expertise of most businesses to optimize and manage their own applications.
At the same time, however, it’s easy for companies to obtain optimally fast, secure, and reliable applications by signing up for Application Hosting from IronOrbit. Each of our Managed Application Hosting solutions is built with performance-boosting Atomic Speed Technology; protected by our advanced Orbital Security System and automated backups; and backed by 24x7x365 technical support, around-the-clock performance monitoring, and a 100% uptime guarantee. No more dealing with the hassles or costs of deploying and managing applications—IronOrbit’s technicians and engineers will take care of everything, and all for a low, flat monthly fee. As an added bonus, businesses can also access their Managed Application Hosting solution from anywhere with any Internet-connected device (including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones).
To get started with Application Hosting, Managed Application Hosting, or QuickBooks Hosting, contact an IronOrbit sales representative today. We have the flexibility to host ANY application (including legacy and customized software), and can help businesses transfer over their files and software licenses from existing deployments for a small fee.