Sage is one of the most popular accounting software systems in South Africa, with numerous versions available to suit every business size and requirement. However, many versions of Sage have still not made it to the cloud and are running on servers sitting in offices or traditionally hosted Virtual Machines.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the limitations of running Sage on office-bound servers or VMs hosted in a datacentre began to show themselves. As businesses took to working from home, new business requirements kicked in. Business owners now needed to deal with things like the need to implement Virtual Private Networks and Remote Desktop Applications, which added several new layers of complexity and licensing costs to their operations.
On top of this, security requirements skyrocketed as cybercriminals began exploiting the chaos created by the pandemic. IT staff were faced with implementing new firewalls, tightening their overall security stance, and doing the constant checks and testing that accompanied those.
Even worse is the lockdown load-shedding that cut some businesses off from their Sage servers completely when UPS’s couldn’t keep them up for long enough.
With all of this in mind, backups and disaster recovery strategies for your Sage solution are more important than ever, but these too come at the cost of complexity and added expense.
Clearly, running Sage on a server inside your office, or even on a VM hosted inside a datacentre, is a less-than-optimal way to operate.
Can the cloud solve these challenges?