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Half of Business Owners Seek Greater Involvement in Procurement of its Services

July 30, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsGloucester, UK – Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, today released a study showing that 53 per cent of US business owners seek more involvement in the purchasing of their IT services, such as hosting, than ever before. The survey of 132 US business owners(1) found that in the past year, over half (53 per cent) have purposefully sought a greater understanding of the IT services they use as a direct result of economic pressures, and intend to be more involved in selecting their IT service providers going forward. Interestingly, from those businesses that use dedicated hosting services, 1 in 4 owners wish to renegotiate associated costs this year. As businesses worldwide scrutinize IT costs, Fasthosts is helping UK businesses to lower their server costs by slashing its dedicated server prices with discounts up to £480 per annum for the life of the contract.

Data released from Fasthosts underlines the extent to which companies in all corners of the globe are reviewing their IT spend. A study of over 130 US small to medium sized firms finds that over half of owners have responded to economic pressures by reading-up on exactly what IT services they require. Companies that use dedicated hosting services claim to be more well-informed about their requirements than at any time in the past.

In re-approaching their IT spend, a significant proportion of US firms believe that there is scope for reductions. Remarkably, 45 per cent of firms paying for managed hosting suspect that they have been over-charged for elements such as back-up and monitoring during the past year. Some 26 per cent of owners indicate that they intend to review server costs in the coming year.

Here in the UK, Fasthosts is encouraging UK companies to review their hosting costs and seek out the best possible technology for their money. Fasthosts has responded to the financial pressures on UK SMEs by further lowering its dedicated hosting prices. Importantly, the savings of up to £480 per year are for the life of the contract.

Fasthosts dedicated server solutions have been tailored to support business needs with high-speed performance and connectivity, no bandwidth charges and 24/7 UK-based support. All dedicated servers are housed within a state-of-the-art data centre in Gloucester. Business owners can contact advisors at Fasthosts to discuss their requirements and potential cost savings for their business.

Steve Holford, CMO Fasthosts commented, “Every business owner understands the importance of procurement. One should review their web solutions periodically, and push through necessary changes. In a challenging operating environment, it is imperative that every business gets what it pays for and pays only for what it needs”.

Fasthosts’ range of Dedicated Server packages comprises the DS250 (80GB disk space), now priced from £39/month+VAT, DS450 (250GB disk space), priced from £59/month+VAT, the DS650 (500GB disk space), now priced from £89/month+VAT and the flagship DS850 (1000GB disk space), priced from an impressive £149/month+VAT. All servers are available in either Linux or Windows configurations and feature root admin access and remote KVM connection.

Fasthosts dedicated servers are designed to provide demanding users with high specifications and excellent service levels. Fasthosts is a leading provider for shared and dedicated web hosting and business-class email solutions, and is the UK market leader for reseller web hosting.

(1) 132 US enterprises that pay for a dedicated server solution via electronic feedback form

About Fasthosts
Fasthosts is the UK’s number one web hosting company. Based in the UK and operating 24×7 from their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains running smoothly and ensures over 6 million emails are delivered safely each day. All Fasthosts services can be self-managed through the award winning Fasthosts web-based control panel that provides customers with unparalleled online control, enabling them to manage hosted services including domain registrations, shared web hosting, business-class email, dedicated servers, software-as-a-service, internet merchant accounts and unlimited broadband. Fasthosts’ highly successful reseller channel has recently been rated Number 1 for reseller hosting by industry portal Web Host Directory.

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