Whether you’re adapting to the demands of a growing workforce or simply keeping your system up to date, there comes a time when every company needs to expand or upgrade its on-premise server equipment. This project is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and expensive. It's also the perfect opportunity to implement a more sustainable solution - cloud hosting.
Here is some important information you should consider before pulling the trigger on your next server refresh.
The Problem with Upgrading On-Premise Server Equipment
Many small to midsize businesses use equipment located in their building to host and manage critical software, data, email, and other digital essentials. Hosting your servers on-site may seem appealing under the assumption that you’ll have more control. Unfortunately, building your IT infrastructure on this assumption includes several drawbacks.
Beyond the sizable investment to implement, on-premise servers require ongoing expenses to keep both software and hardware updated and secure. On-premise systems also require dedicated IT staff for regular support and maintenance, which further increases your labor costs. Upgrading or expanding your existing on-site system keeps you trapped in the IT business and an endless cycle of repairs, replacements, and upgrades.
The Benefits of Moving to the Cloud When It’s Time to Upgrade
If you are running a successful business, your next server upgrade will not be your last. The average hardware refresh cycle is 3-5 years with even more frequent software updates. With a dedicated cloud hosting service, all additional upgrades are included. Instead of constantly reinvesting in your on-premise system, consider transitioning to the cloud and escape the IT business once and for all.
Apart from regular updates to keep your system running smoothly and securely, additional upgrades are necessary to accommodate growth. Cloud hosting offers more affordable scalability than on-premise systems. Through a combination of hardware reconfiguration and load balancing, the size and functionality of your system can be adjusted as needed without purchasing and implementing additional equipment. That means your business will always be optimized for success with virtually zero downtime.
Other Benefits of Cloud Hosting
- Fast implementation time, providing quick access to full functionality
- Comprehensive IT support and maintenance
- Hardware, operating systems, and database system upgrades included
- Disaster recovery management with backups at the data center and offsite location
- Industry-leading security beyond what you can provide on-premise
- On-the-go access from anywhere with an internet connection
- High-speed performance from leading-edge technology such as solid-state drives
- Scalability to support changing business needs and supporting growth
- Rapid return on investment
To learn more about the cost-effectiveness of moving your ERP system to the cloud, read our article “What Is the ROI for Cloud Hosting?”.
If you’re tired of using outdated systems and the extensive costs of managing on-premise servers, transitioning to the cloud may be for you. Through the Attivo Dedicated Cloud, we have helped clients regain control of their company’s IT costs through world-class hosted infrastructure while significantly reducing costs. Click here for more information about transitioning ERP systems like Macola to the cloud or visit our FAQ page for answers to the most common questions.
If you have questions about cloud hosting and how the Attivo Group can help effectively transition your business give us a call at 877-428-8486.