[Software as as Service] The SaaS Dedicated Server in the Cloud Solution
In a previous blog post entitled, “Can Software as a Service (SaaS), be the cloud solution for your business?” I discussed the shift in the current traditional model of Client/Server to various types of cloud solutions.
The hosted virtual desktop, a cloud solution allowing accessibility to files and applications anywhere in the world, and the hosted email exchange server are probably the most well know SaaS out there on the market.
These service models appeal to a lot of businesses with various needs like accounting, desktop publishing, excel etc. Then there are more complex SaaS that offer full enterprise software like an ERP or SharePoint allowing for enterprise wide business management and collaboration.
The problem is however that a lot of companies use software systems that are particular to their type. These may integrate with their existing business management software or act independently, but are crucial to the functioning of a particular aspect of the company’s business. One scenario, for example a manufacturing company uses a bespoke piece of software created to extract certain key information from a database, created to record SCADA information, in a particular manufacturing process. This information, feeds into their ERP allowing for accurate cost analysis and forecasting. It’s a specific software solution unique to that company and is probably run on the local dedicated server.
You may think the only solution out there is the Client/Server model, but you would be wrong.
Another scenario would be the impact on business continuity as the business expands. This means continually having to address procuring new hardware, software and licences as well as planning installation as expansion continues. This can cause a huge strain on the company’s resources, time and money. Dedicated cloud servers are an ideal solution in this situation by taking the headache away from the IT or Facilities manager and allowing for an easily scalable expansion of IT resources.
With a dedicated cloud server you also get complete control over your firewall and security settings. There is no hardware to buy and any resources needed, CPU power, storage etc., can be added as the need arises. You only pay a set fee for what you use. You can even customise your dedicated server to fit your exact needs and any software licence requirements for running a SQL database or email server are all factored into the price.
The dedicated cloud server may not be the solution for some companies yet, but may be a great option for businesses that need to optimise IT performance without the huge costs associated with purchasing and managing a fully dedicated infrastructure. For this reason they are a popular choice for small and mid-sized businesses, and those with variable demands and workloads.
If you would like to discuss which approach is right for you company feel free to call me 061- 211444 or PM me and I’ll reply.