Let’s talk cloud hosting: What is it? Who should be using it? Why are companies using it?

Cloud hosting for ERP, what is it?

Cloud hosting allows applications (such as ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning) to run on a vendor’s cloud platform, allowing software access through the internet. Unlike traditional hosting, solutions are not deployed on a single server. Instead, a network of connected virtual and physical cloud servers hosts the application, ensuring greater flexibility and scalability. As the backbone of IT, cloud-hosted ERP software provides advanced functionalities for the fundamental processes of an organization.

Who uses cloud hosted applications?

Cloud hosting is an extremely flexible hosting solution. It supports companies like Netflix, who demand high performance, bandwidth, and 100% uptime, all the way down to startups who are in the beginning phases of scaling traffic levels and services.

According to CLOUDZERO, roughly 44% of traditional small businesses use cloud hosting services. That’s compared to 66% of small tech companies and 74% of enterprises. But wait, there’s more. The public cloud will host 63% of SMB workloads and 62% of SMB data within the next year (2023).

Why are organizations using cloud hosted applications, such as Sage 100Cloud ERP?

Sage 100C is a cloud-connected ERP platform (Enterprise Resource Planning) for small to medium-sized manufacturers, distributors, and professional service companies. Finance, budgeting, planning, inventory, supply chain, production management, reporting, and CRM are all part of the functional solution.

In addition to the assortment of reasons listed below, hosting Sage 100 ERP in the cloud minimizes the burden on IT, allowing for a redirection of resources to more value-added initiatives.

  1. Aids remote work. Since the sudden shift towards the work-from-home environment, cloud hosted networks, such as Sage 100, have allowed instantaneous remote access and real-time file sharing without having to manually interact with a workstation. Virtual databases enable remote workers to continue to collaborate and work directly with their business data all while enjoying the flexibility of being at home.
  2. Protects data with native cybersecurity. As technology continues to advance, so do concerns of cybersecurity. Luckily, Sage 100 Cloud monitors data unlike ever before. Real-time endpoint protection and human cyber intelligence can quickly identify and address hacker footprints within Sage 100. Implementing a secure cloud hosting and IT service is the most cost-effective way for SMBs to employ cyber protection for ERP.
  3. Various deployment options provide greater flexibility. There are several cloud deployment options for Sage 100Cloud ERP customers to choose from. This includes:
    1. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – completely digital, like a Netflix account accessible through a common web browser.
    2. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) – hosts IT and network resources in the cloud while maintaining control of application onsite, with additional options to how resource loads are balanced.
    3. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – environment for custom built applications.
    4. Hybrid Cloud Deployment – choose which on-premise IT and server resources to keep on and which to migrate to your digital technology stack.
  4. Remove or reduce on-premise hardware needs. When moving from an on-premise to a cloud hosted solution, organizations can significantly cut down on hardware investments. Physical workstations, servers, and other equipment, require upfront costs and regular maintenance. Eventually, these expenses turn into hidden costs; technology advances and competition force the investment of additional upgrades for on-premise solutions.
  5. Scale with available resources. When implementing a cloud ERP solution, organizations have an enhanced level of scalability which provides an environment to fit actual needs. Network resources in the cloud can be modified as needed without the huge shifts required for on-premise set ups, and without paying for expensive hardware to increase bandwidth capabilities.
  6. Build cloud infrastructure according to actual needs. Software reseller / partners can help build out the IT infrastructure for an ERP based on the mission-critical functionality a business requires. Create one seamless instance without having to splice together a system from siloed applications.
  7. Real-time visibility and mobility. Sage 100Cloud ERP allows end-users to control file sharing and access to capture data in real-time. This functionality provides on demand insight into daily operations, from anywhere at any time. Combine real-time visibility with advanced analytics and end-users have the visibility required for immediate decisions and ability to quickly pivot for developments as they come.
  8. Daily back-up and system upkeep. Real-time connections through SaaS, IaaS or hybrid environments will ensure data back-ups to the cloud to prevent data loss from any unforeseen events. Additionally, software upgrades are carried out in the background as the system stays connected to the internet and keeps applications patched for the latest cybersecurity threats.

Your Next Steps

If you’re ready to begin discussing the additional benefits of Sage 100, contact the ACC Software Solutions team. We’re backed by over 25 years of industry experience and aim to build long-lasting relationships based on trust by committing to support your business goals today, and tomorrow.

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