ASPGulf promotes the hosting model

ASPGulf is advocating the cost and time to market benefits of using hosting model. The managed service provider is attempting to overcome the region’s historic dislike for outsourcing and win customers to populate its DIC-based high availability data centre.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  October 6, 2002

ASPGulf is advocating the cost and time to market benefits of using hosting model. The managed service provider is attempting to overcome the region’s historic dislike for outsourcing and win customers to populate its DIC-based high availability data centre.

“Our services provide clients with a range of managed IT services for hosting business applications in a secure, reliable and high availability data centre environment,” comments Tony Sparks, CEO, ASPGulf.

“Unlike other offerings in the market, ASPGulf [doesn’t just] provide rack space and bandwidth. We engage our clients from the outset with the aim of ensuring [the] hosting solution fits their business needs rather than making their business fit predefined parameters,” he adds.

However, since ASPGulf started in 2000, the local managed services market has become a lot more competitive with the IBM/DIC joint venture and Etisalat both opening data centres and entering the UAE’s data hosting and services market over the last 12 months. But there is still an educational role that has to be done in the market to dispel the misconceptions surrounding the managed services model.

“The whole point of outsourcing is to enable complete focus on core business activities. A managed services provider should be able to take managerial ownership of a client’s relevant IT requirements and ensure they efficiently and effectively underpin the overall business processes of that organisation. The provider becomes part of the team,” says Sparks.

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