Security, resiliency and availability are critical when implementing a new business-critical application

C24 specialises in the hosting and cloud delivery of major ERP systems, particularly for the manufacturing sector where a robust ERP system is integral to the running of the business.

We recognise the importance of security, resiliency and availability when implementing a new business-critical application, and customers need to feel reassured that their systems are as secure, if not more secure, when hosted in a Private cloud compared to being deployed onsite in a client’s own datacentre.

Implementing a complex solution such as a fully hosted ERP system in the cloud needs to be carefully planned, designed and deployed compared to hosting standard applications due to the mission-critical nature of the application and the business operations that ERP systems underpin.

C24 have therefore highlighted a number of considerations that we feel are important when considering implementing an ERP solution in a Private cloud environment.

Considerations for complex ERP deployments:

  • ERP applications affect all parts of the business; therefore they must be deployed in a resilient, enterprise class environment with the correct levels of security, availability and resiliency. This can be complex for many IT departments to build and deploy in a short space of time, hence why it is always important to work with an experienced provider who can help to design, deploy and maintain the environment in an enterprise data centre that meets all the required resiliency and security needs.
  • Most clients have numerous other applications that need to be taken into account when they are looking at a fully managed service. It is imperative that you not only work with an organisation that understands the idiosyncrasies of your individual environment but also has the experience of deploying many other business critical ERP applications simultaneously.
  • The hosting centre location is always an important consideration, for a number of reasons but most importantly in conjunction with data location. Some clients do need to have a guarantee that their data will reside within the UK or the EU due to compliance or data regulations. The private cloud model puts security and the data location in the hands of the data owners. Real world enterprises, clients and legal bodies demand this level of control and access.
  • Private cloud solutions are flexible enough to be tailored to individual organisations, whilst having the scalability to grow easily should your business demand spike. This model is difficult to replicate in an on-premise deployment and can be very expensive
  • Working with an organisation like C24, offers you piece of mind around the implementation of mission critical ERP solutions. We understand the complexities involved and the critical nature of the initial deployment and the on-going application availability.
  • Hosting expertise is critical when looking at deploying from a private cloud environment. As a client you have to make sure that your provider not only has the hosting credentials, but also understands the importance of security, data protection, and sector expertise plus has the industry partnerships that can make the solution operate as smoothly as possible.

C24 offer solutions around the deployment of private ‘cloud’ infrastructures which are all managed from two of the UKs most secure and private data centres; both Tier IV. Our solutions have been developed as a result of our relationship with leading ISV’s and their clients, and consequently we work closely with a handful of software vendors to develop deep expertise in their solutions.