Hosting a Web site in-house can be expensive, as it requires the necessary hardware and software and power and security precautions—not to mention the cost of bandwidth. To reduce costs and increase both security and performance, some companies are turning to “shared” solutions such as managed hosting and colocation. Before implementing one of these solutions, learn what your options are, and the questions to ask vendors.
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Inc., SAVVIS, AT&T and Verizon Business, with a host of competitors, including Peak 10 Inc., OpSource, SunGard, Terremark Worldwide and ViaWest, trailing them. To set themselves apart in a crowded field, providers employ strategies such as automating the provisioning of hosting services and catering to vertical markets needs to combat competition and establish market share. In order to compete effectively, some providers, like their customers, must outsource services that are not their core competencies