When choosing your next ERP software, it is important to understand the difference of using web hosted services vs. those in data centers. A cloud service is similar to a data center in that it hosts and maintains the software and services provided on it. A cloud system is hosted offsite, and lets you access data through an internet connection. Data centers are typically in house hardware that access data through a local network. Data centers are great for companies with intense workloads running through various applications but are limited by capacity. They can only contain so much before they require an upgrade to maintain size or workload. Cloud systems on the other hand have an effectively unlimited capacity while still capable of integrating with multiple systems to create complete solutions.
Cloud services are all about having security in your software. This goes beyond just information security, and encryption of data. It extends to the security of your business. Not being able to be taken down when things go wrong due to no fault of your own. This is where true cloud solutions really excel. How can they be better than what I’ve already got you ask? The answer is simple: redundancy.
Redundancy gives you extra layers of security and reliability where, on paper, there are not any required. Assuming systems run to perfection and there are no outside variables hardware should operate consistently and without issue. The trouble with assuming is that things never seem to go as smoothly as planned. Whether it’s in the first days of setup or years down the road a hardware issue can cost your business hours of work that you are powerless to remedy. Having a redundant system prevents this.
What they do is split the workload maintained by specific devices such as cooling hardware, for example. Rather than one operational system running to prevent drives from overheating and causing irreparable damage, there are multiple, each capable of performing the job individually, but only managing a portion of the workload. If there is an issue within one of the systems, the others can quickly compensate, and the conflicting part can be shut down to prevent further damage. While it is in repair the systems maintain the increased workload so that the problem does not extend out to you, the customer. Everyone is capable of continuing to operate normally, and no one has to lose income from customers or work hours. Your operations should not be able to be halted based on any single piece of equipment. Not a power supply, hard drive or even a cooling system. In the world of true cloud it’s all about redundancy.