Fasthosts Survey Shows Fear Outweighs Cost Concerns With Business IT Needs
on: August 12, 2009, 6:46 am
Industry: Internet & Online
A new survey by IT specialists Fasthosts Internet has revealed
that companies are being forced to re-evaluate their IT systems and
question what they really need due to the unsettled economy. In these
difficult times, one-third said they still hesitate to consider a
replacement server even if it is necessary. At the same time, 53% of
business owners are becoming more involved in decisions relating to
their IT needs in light of the challenging economy.
When times get tough, a company’s budget spending strategy can seriously affect the
quality and quantity of the company’s technology resources. The Fasthosts survey
showed 29% of respondents have reviewed their budget for servers in the past six
months. Nearly twice that number (54%) has analysed their finances during the last
For many people the fear of what might happen when they replace their server looms
over their decision. One in three survey participants (33%) said they would be
fearful of switching to a new provider because of a potential disruption to their
service. Perhaps bound by this fear, 22% have not updated or changed their server
solution in at least three years even though at least 25% said they want to lower
their external server costs.
Stephen Holford, chief marketing officer of Fasthosts Internet, says the company understands where its customers’
fears lay and hope they are able to clear up questions about servers.
He said: "Fasthosts products are offered by the leading provider for reseller web
hosting in the UK, and one
that is making a strong mark in the US. We try to emphasize that a background in IT
isn’t necessary to use and profit from our servers and reseller solutions so that smaller businesses can better
understand their IT needs. If given a closer look, they will see the top-of-the-line
solutions that Fasthosts offers at very competitive prices."
Getting the most value for their money is a concern many have when deciding how much
should be spent on their IT provider, especially regarding servers. Almost half
(45%) of survey participants said they felt overcharged for costs including
monitoring fees, server management, additional memory and IP addresses, back-up
space, consultancy fees and server traffic. One third of the respondents, however,
pay more than just their provider to upkeep their server.
Holford added: "Balancing a budget is difficult, especially when there is
uncertainty concerning necessary versus peripheral costs. IT solutions, like servers
and online services, are important to any company. It seems that people must realize
that there are providers out there like Fasthosts that can alleviate concerns by
offering solutions that exhibit both quality and value for a reasonable cost."
About Fasthosts Inc.
Fasthosts is a leading reseller web hosting provider and the UK's number one web
hosting company. In the US the company is based in Chesterbrook, PA. Fasthosts
provides its resellers with top-of-the-line web hosting services and 24/7 dedicated
tech support based in the US. As a web hosting specialist and the #1 provider for
web hosts in the UK, Fasthosts offers its customers an extensive range of solutions
including domain name registration, email accounts, shared and
reseller web hosting, and dedicated servers. All US customer
websites are hosted within the company’s state-of-the-art data centre in Lenexa, KS
and benefit from 30GBit high-speed connectivity.
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