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The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model is undoubtedly changing the way software vendors sell and market their software. While many vendors understand what it means to host an application and provide it to customers via the Web, few fully recognize the transformational elements that are necessary to fully and successfully implement their SaaS offering.

A SaaS hosting provider is the foundation to meeting your specific SaaS needs. The right host is one that has expertise in running a standard, global enterprise infrastructure, as well as new, cutting-edge features -- such as end-to-end software development capabilities and cloud-based platforms -- to enable fast, economical and reliable deployment of your SaaS applications. Additionally, they can also provide advisory and consultative services that will be essential as you continue to strategically grow your SaaS offering.

How do you know if you need a SaaS hosting provider? What are the characteristics of a reputable SaaS hosting company? The following considerations will help you determine when to turn your SaaS infrastructure over to a managed hosting service and how to find the best host to meet your unique SaaS needs.

  • You do not have the necessary resources available to quickly and cost-effectively implement SaaS

SaaS has made it easier and more cost-effective to create, distribute and manage software; however, software vendors looking to adopt a SaaS delivery model must ensure they can still meet their customers' availability and security demands. This necessitates a secure, reliable, enterprise-grade infrastructure that can support and quickly scale to host the vendor's growing number of Web-based software applications.

To do this, many rely on SaaS hosting providers. The SaaS hosting provider you select to host and manage your SaaS offering should have a reputation for successfully implementing hosted services. They also must be focused on addressing specific SaaS requirements, including capacity planning, compliance, visibility and new technology integration. In short, SaaS should be a natural extension of the host's core business and expertise, not just a loose grouping of services packaged together to capitalize on the SaaS trend.

  • You find it harder to differentiate your SaaS offering in the marketplace


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