Application hosting is increasing in popularity as more companies look to make their applications available to both customers, vendors and employees. This also requires that the application be available 24/7 so the choice of application hosting provider is critical as well. Unfortunately trying to find an application hosting provider that is qualified is difficult.

Application Hosting Expertise

Go to any search engine and type in Application Hosting and you will be inundated by companies that claim they can provide this service. However, if you visit their web site you will soon realize that there is very little information provided about their application hosting service. In fact most of the time you will be taken to their web hosting page. But don't be fooled. There are very important differences between hosting a web site and hosting a high volume application.

Critical Application Hosting Issues

It is very important you get the application server configured correctly the first time. This configuration will determine how well the application performs, how easy it will be to increase the throughput, and how easy it will be to back-up. Your application hosting provider also must be familiar with your application or have the technical depth to be able to learn it quickly. An application is much more dynamic than a web site, so your application hosting provider must be technically skilled.

There can be great value to having an application available on the Internet, but only if your application hosting provider can properly configure and maintain it.