Hosting and Hardware advice
The optimal functioning of your software depends to a large degree on hardware quality. Schouw Informatisering helps you to choose the right hardware or hosting options in the cloud for your Dynamics ERP solution. We are working together with Microsoft and a number of specialised hardware and hosting partners with whom we have been able to offer our customers top-notch service over the years.
In the Cloud or on site?
You can fully outsource your hardware in the cloud - be it the Private Cloud or the Public Cloud. Your hardware is therefore not on site. You have permanent access to all your documents, wherever you are in the world.
When does it make sense to put your ERP system in the Cloud?
- If you don't have a system administrator on the books
- If you don't want to invest time in IT administration
- If you don't have a server environment at your disposal
- If outsourcing secondary processes is part of your organisational strategy
- If you use (or intend to use) Office365
- If you want to be able to access your software from anywhere with every mobile device
- If you have a stable internet connection
When is it a good idea to install your ERP system on location?
- If you do not have access to a stable internet connection
- If you have your own IT administrator on the books who is of strategic value to your organisation
- If you already have future-proof servers at your disposal
- If you wish to connect complex equipment to your ERP system, (weighing scales or sorting machines, for example)
Public cloud (Microsoft Azure)
The Public cloud consists of shared physical hardware owned and operated by external providers. Schouw advises its clients to use Microsoft Azure for this purpose. Your solution is fully protected on a server also used by other parties. You share the maintenance costs with other users by agreeing to a kind of 'rental construction'.
- You do not need to make an initial hefty hardware investment.
- A scaleable solution: It is easy to submit and remove extra users. You pay a monthly fee per user. This is helpful for companies with fluctuating demand.
- In addition, companies can up or downscale their computer power within a few minutes according to requirements thanks to the enormous volume of public clouds.
A private cloud is an infrastructure specially developed for your company and hosted within a service provider's datacenter. The private cloud offers the same flexibility, scaleability and efficiency as the public cloud, but provides additional control and security. This makes it an ideal option for larger companies or those with rigid obligations related to data, legislation and governance. Another significant advantage of a private cloud is the option to adjust computing, storage and network components to your specific IT requirements. Something that is a little less easy to achieve in a public cloud environment.