Heysham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 13, 2011 -- The SharePoint Initiative is currently the only providers of UK based SharePoint 2010 Hosting. This means that your data stays in the UK and is stored under stringent UK data protection laws. As one of Microsoft's hottest technologies this is a huge step forward for all UK businesses large or small.
Why hasn't it been done already? One reason is simply because many hosting companies prefer to focus on standard Web Hosting as it purely involves renting out server space and due to the facilities available this model is easier to setup and manage due to such large volumes of customers. To host SharePoint takes more time and effort and as a result hosting companies are slowerto setup and host the latest versions. It is also much cheaper in the US due to the cost of licensing and server space.
If you are a UK based company why take the risk of storing your data in another country where the UK's data storage regulations don't apply? Costs may seem lower but are they low enough to take the risk? Such a risky decision for each business owner to make as your data although fronted by a US company may be hosted in the Middle East and available at anyone's disposal.Up until now the choice just was not there and many companies were forced to take that route.
The Directors at The SharePoint Initiative said "There are huge numbers of businesses reviewing the idea of hosting and unless they are a large organisation the chance to host SharePoint 2010 in the UK has not been there. It's not just the storage of data but also the level of support provided".They go on to say "We have been involved in SharePoint consulting and support for over 18 months now and felt we should address this ridiculous delay being forced upon UK based companies".
By working with one of the UK's largest and highly respecteddatacentres The SharePoint Initiative are able to offer unrivalled support and the latest data centre technology. They offer accounts for 1 user up and pricing can be as low as £7.50 per user per month. The comparison with the costs of in-house servers makes hosting a "no brainer". With the added assurance of a 99.95% uptime service level agreement and a Microsoft certified support team it allows companies of any size to obtain a document management solution that would otherwise would have cost tens of thousands.
In closing the directors state "We not only aim to provide high end solutions for the larger corporate clients, it's the smaller one user accounts that are just as important to us".