Top Four Reasons to go to Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting


First, peace of mind - With Cloud Hosting, your system is up and running 24/7 by 365 except for scheduled maintenance. Even with the threat of hurricane Sandy, First Option's iSeries server remained up throughout the entire storm! Intermittent connection problems with Internet Service Providers were identified, escalated and resolved on a timely basis.

Second, avoid the cost of hardware and software maintenance, monitoring, backup tapes, PTF's and operating system upgrades - Cloud Hosting your applications in our shared environment allows you to share the cost with other customers.

Third, Focus resources on your business not IT - The internal cost of hiring, managing, and training IT resources can be costly. Use First Option's experienced network of IT resources for business critical projects which allows you to grow your business not your IT staff.

Fourth, Archival Services - Some companies have decided to get off the platform but need some place to store and access their data. First Option provides a shared environment with very affordable rates. 

Over the years, First Option has built our  portfolio of outsourced IT services to keep pace with the changes and demands of the market. In 2001, First Option began offering iSeries Cloud Hosting services to our customers and business partners. 

Today, many IT providers have begun offering iSeries Cloud Hosting Services but not all iSeries Cloud hosting provides are the same. What makes First Option different is that we are a software provider as well and have a strategic partnership with MindSHIFT to ensure our customers have the best data center environment and 24x7 support 365 days per year. 

Case Study Regarding Partnership with MindSHIFT

First Option Inc. has been in business for over 22 years, specializing in the AS400 (iSeries) environment. With offices in Boston and Phoenix, First Option serves customers across a broad range of industries including software, financial, telecommunications, nonprofit, asset management, textile, retail and legal. 

In addition First Option can provide programming support, modernization and legacy integration services. All our AS400 hosting systems are monitored by Watchdog by First Option, an (iSeries) monitoring tool. 


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