Where your business hosts your data matters. From security concerns to long-term planning, it’s important to gain an understanding of the options available to better secure your data and optimize the cost basis of doing so. You’ve probably heard of “the cloud,” but how much do you actually know about where your data is stored and how your resources could go further?
Businesses host their data in several ways:
• On-premise Hosting
• Corporate Hosting
• The SMB Cloud
SMB Suite customers have a third option – the SMB Cloud.
What is “the cloud?”
The cloud is a shared, secure, stable system of servers that allow your business to access, store and share data critical to your business’ success.
Why move to the cloud?
Moving to the cloud will save you money, grant your business access to more powerful software tools, and provide you with a higher level of security than on-premise hosting.
Isn’t on-premise more secure?
If you have an in-house IT staff that manages and automatically updates your servers to protect against cybersecurity threats, it is possible, but highly unlikely.
On-premise hosting means that you have physical access to your data storage hardware at one or more of your physical business locations. This has, historically, been how businesses have shared data. With on-premise hosting, your internal or outsourced IT staff are responsible for making continuous software and hardware updates to your on-premise hardware. This can be extremely costly, as the physical infrastructure is much like a car – a continuously depreciating asset that needs to be serviced and replaced by the owner. Additionally, on-premise hosting is more susceptible to catastrophic damage or loss from fire, flood, power surges, or other major events.
Both of our corporate software partners – Microsoft and NetSuite – maintain and manage their own cloud environments at redundant locations throughout the United States and the world. Your company data is stored on a cloud server, and you pay for this service on an ongoing basis. These environments are well-maintained and secure storage environments for your business data, but the visibility of the monthly cost can make them less immediately appealing. Over the long-term, these options are still generally less expensive than the true cost of on-premise hosting.
Microsoft Azure is the service provided by Microsoft for cloud hosting purposes. There are limitations on what applications can be installed, but this environment is becoming increasingly friendly to important SaaS applications.
NetSuite applications are natively hosted in the NetSuite Cloud. For the uninitiated, this means that if you utilize NetSuite ERP, you must do so in the NetSuite Cloud, and you will pay an ongoing fee for hosting service to NetSuite.
We believe that we’ve developed a solution that combines the best of all worlds.
The SMB Cloud is a blended, or hybrid system. We utilize the Microsoft Azure or NetSuite Cloud systems for those applications that require those systems to work (Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central or NetSuite ERP), but we use our own, wholly-owned and managed servers to host everything outside of those applications (ancillary applications, services, business intelligence) with the SMB Cloud.
This gives us efficiencies that allow us to deliver true cloud hosting services to our clients at a more cost-effective rate than on-premise hosting or pure corporate hosting.
If you have an application or solution that you use alongside your ERP system, you would need to be an enterprise license for your company to run that application on the corporate cloud – if it’s even allowed on that server. With the SMB Cloud, we reduce costs for our clients by licensing multiple installs of the same software in our cloud environment.
The SMB Cloud is continuously updated and secured. We are SOC1 Type II compliant and updates are included at no additional cost.
The SMB Cloud integrates with the full Microsoft stack.
We provide unlimited support to our SMB Cloud customers, 24/7/365
We include SMB Intelligence for free to every SMB Cloud customer so you can leverage your business intelligence to make better decisions.
Want learn more about SMB Cloud from SMB Suite? Connect with our team.
Alongside the cost savings and inherent technological efficiencies involved in our implementation on the SMB Cloud, we understand that compliance is an essential part of the finance side of your business. SMB Suite and the SMB Cloud are SOC 1 Type 2 compliant, which means that we’re rated to protect and secure your financial data, and can help shorten any potential audit process.
Lastly, we can help you take advantage of time and cost-saving applications available in the SMB Cloud to improve your business workflow, and every client hosted on the SMB Cloud receives SMB Intelligence. SMB Intelligence is our proprietary configuration of Microsoft’s PowerBI (the leading business intelligence software in the world) with more than 90 pre-configured dashboards so that you can start using your business data to drive better decision making right away.
If you’re currently hosting your business software on-premise, or you’re hosting in the corporate cloud and want to gain efficiencies while reducing cost, contact us and speak to our team about moving to the SMB Cloud today.
Steve’s been with SMB Suite since 1998 and has been involved with nearly every aspects of the Company’s business as a strategist, professional services executive, cloud solutions architect, and senior consultant. In his current role, Steve is responsible for SMB Suite’s revenue and oversees the execution of ERP, CRM and BI projects for customers across a broad range of industries. Steve combines his expertise in MS Dynamics GP, CRM and other Microsoft products with a strong foundation in accounting and business to identify gaps and streamline customers’ processes. Prior to co-founding SMB Suite, Steve was previously Corporate Controller for MEHLE Behr and, prior to that, Audit Senior for Ernst & Young. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Jeremy is responsible for SMB Suite’s technology vision, strategy and implementation and is the architect of the Company’s Dynamics Cloud Platform. Highly adept in every facet of managed services, ERP systems and e-commerce platforms, Jeremy’s expertise spans the implementation and support of business and financial software solutions, as well as the customization and integration of SMB Suite’s cloud ERP technology stack. He holds numerous Microsoft and industry-related certifications, and was primarily responsible for designing the Company’s progressive business services platform in the early days of the Cloud. Prior to SMB Suite, Jeremy served as the financial analyst, systems administrator, and information systems liaison for a $2 billion financial services corporation.
Monty is responsible for SMB Suite’s day-to-day operation and, most importantly, its customers. As a leader, motivator and mentor, Monty creates loyal high performance teams willing to “walk through walls” to accomplish their goals. Prior to SMB Suite, Monty served as President of The Bradshaw Group (TBG), a global distributor, manufacturer, and repair facility for digital printers. In this role, he was the Company’s ambassador to its most important domestic, European and Latin American customers and TBG achieved a best-in-class Net Promoter Score of 74 for its superb customer satisfaction. Prior to TBG, Monty served as the General Manager of Sam’s Clubs three highest grossing U.S. stores and was named Regional Operator of the Year in 1999. Monty holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech University and is an active member of Business Navigators. He has been active in Vistage International, Executives in Action, the Dallas/Fort Worth Retail Executives Association, as well as, A.P.I.C.S., the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management. Monty also volunteers with Hunger Busters and ManeGait, a therapeutic horsemanship organization.
David is a proven financial and information technology professional with expertise in providing business accounting software and computing solutions. He began his career by starting and managing a successful independent consulting practice for several years. He then launched the local systems consulting unit of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services Group, leading the office into the hi-tech consulting arena. After successfully developing the unit for Ernst & Young, David founded NextCorp (which became SMB Suite in 2013) to serve the business software needs of clients throughout the US. David has made SMB Suite one of the best cloud ERP providers in the industry. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur and leader, he is a software and technology specialist, holding certifications in various Microsoft and other technologies.