Sage 200 can be deployed in three different ways, on-premise, hosted or in the cloud. For those using Sage 200 Standard, the software is entirely cloud-based so the on-premise and hosted options are not available.
For those using Sage 200 Professional, the software does require on-premise or hosted servers as standard, however there are options to host Sage 200 Professional in the cloud.
Below we’ll take a look at the three main ways Sage 200 can be deployed, and the benefits that each hosting option has to offer.
Sage 200 On-premise
Hosting Sage 200 on-premise means the software is installed onto a server at your business location. On-premise is by far the most reliable way to host Sage 200, because the server is located on the local network and isn’t reliant on internet speed and connectivity. This means the software will be fast with maximum up-time. However, it’s reliability does depend on how well the server and local network is maintained by your internal IT team, or external IT partner.
Although hosting Sage 200 on-premise is the most robust option, it can also be more costly and time consuming than other hosting options. Servers can be costly to install, maintain and update, requiring an in-house IT team or an IT partner.
Although this option is more costly, there is no denying that it’s the most reliable option in terms of access to and speed of the software. Again, we want to note at this point that Sage 200 Standard can’t be hosted on-premise as it is entirely cloud-based.
Sage 200 Hosted
This option has similarities to on-premise in that the software is installed on a server, however the server is not located at your business location. Instead, the server would be hosted by a third-party, with the hardware located at their business location.
Users would then simply login to a hosted desktop to access Sage 200. This option isn’t as robust as on-premise as it still requires internet connectivity, but it does have some serious benefits over the on-premise option.
Firstly, you won’t require costly hardware on-site, nor the costs of maintaining and updating it. All of this would be managed by your hosting partner, with you just paying a fixed cost for the hosted server.
Secondly, because users would login to a hosted desktop to access the software, it could be accessed from anywhere at any time proving users have an internet connection. Using a third-party hosted server is a popular option for many businesses, and can be much quicker to set up than on-premise servers.
Again, this option is only available to Sage 200 Professional users, with Sage 200 being entirely cloud-based and unable to be installed on a server.
Sage 200 Cloud
Hosting Sage 200 in the cloud is becoming an increasingly popular option. This option is similar to the previous option of using hosted servers, however access to the software is through an app installed on your device. This means the software can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, and on any device providing you have an internet connection.
Sage themselves host the software themselves in the cloud, connected to remote servers. They maintain and update the software, meaning your version is always completely up to date with the latest updates and enhancements.
It’s unsurprising that this is quickly becoming the chosen option for hosting Sage 200. With no costly servers to install or maintain, and round the clock access on any device, hosting Sage 200 in the cloud offers a financially sound option. The only downside to hosting Sage 200 in the cloud is that software performance could be impaired due to poor internet speed and connectivity issues.
Sage 200 Standard is by default hosted in the cloud. There isn’t an option to use on-premise or hosted servers. Sage 200 Professional is by default not cloud-based, however through cloud-based platforms like Microsoft Azure, Sage 200 can be hosted in the cloud, offering all the benefits cloud-based software has to offer.
Sage 200 on Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is a sophisticated cloud-computing platform consisting of over 200 cloud products and services. It offers a complete hybrid solution by allowing businesses to run a number of applications in the cloud, on-premise, or a combination of both.
Businesses can create virtual machines (VM), host independent software vendors, run third-party applications and securely store data in the cloud, with the ability to carry out high-performance computing tasks at incredible speeds.
Increasingly, Microsoft Azure has become a popular place to host Sage 200 Professional, benefiting from all of the previously mentioned benefits that cloud-computing has to offer. Businesses can host their Sage 200 Professional Software securely in the cloud, eliminating the need for on-premise servers.
With Microsoft Azure boasting an impressive 99.95% uptime, and with 24 hour round the clock support included, businesses can access the software from anywhere, at any time and on any device.
Not only can businesses host Sage 200 Professional in the cloud with Microsoft Azure, they can also digitally transform their entire business to the cloud. With limitless potential, Microsoft Azure is fast becoming the go-to cloud-computing platform for businesses wanting to move their operations to the cloud.
For more information on hosting Sage 200 on Microsoft Azure, you can read our informative article Sage 200 on Microsoft Azure – A Full Cloud Solution.
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Why choose Eventura for my Sage 200 project?
As Sage Partners, Eventura has helped countless businesses implement successful Sage 200 projects, on time and within budgets. Our team of expert business analysts, developers, consultants, technicians and support staff will help you identify all of your business requirements, and design a Sage 200 solution that works on every level.
As a provider of managed IT services and hosting, we can also look at your Sage 200 project as a whole, identifying the required IT infrastructure needed to support your project. We have also transitioned businesses and their software into the cloud with Microsoft Azure, creating a truly digital transformation designed for future growth.
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