Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Concerns Over Vulnerability, Cyber Security and Expandability Promotes the Cause of Hosted Servers

In-House or cloud? Companies Face an Increasing Dilemma Regarding Data Storage
Shipping News Feature
UK – The salad days of computer technology for freight forwarding and other logistics companies have now long gone. Following the initial adoption of computers within the industry by the brave and the biggest came a technology gold rush which provided users with cheap efficient systems of data storage. Sadly those days are no more. Meanwhile, out in the global hinterlands there be data gobbling dragons waiting to steal business information.

So where does one look for the next generation of computer technology? Something compatible with existing systems, adaptable enough to future proof an organisation, secure against cyber-attack and completely recoverable in an instant (well a day or so) should the worst happen?

The answer of course comes in the form of a hosted server, a major shift for many in the shipping business which has always kept its cards very close to its chest as regards data and information generally. Customer identity and terms of sale have long been seen as the basis for any freight associated company and many are loathe to divulge any information outside the four walls of their own offices.

Today this of course is an illusion, and this was confirmed by one company which has been providing hosted servers for more than 10 years and continue to see an increased uptake by their customers of public and private cloud solutions. Albacore Systems, based in Southampton sees the future for freight customers in the cloud and makes a good case for such saying the increased reliability and scalability of hosted servers offer more flexibility and the ability to better control costs.

Hosting avoids the expense associated with in-house hardware and takes the edge off the constant entropy of software. There are no worries about cooling and electrical failures and the knowledge the data is held off site in case of fire or other major business interruption. A ‘hosted solution’ can be email, file storage, or any other business application. The actual hardware will exist at a location with good physical security, a provision for maintaining the airflow needed to run the it reliably, and with a focus on stability and resilience of power and Internet connectivity.

Albacore says that freight industry customers requiring connectivity to CHIEF for customs declarations can trust in its decades of experience in the provision and support of those links within a hosted server. The use of an offsite server can provide other benefits, many of which are rarely considered when updating a system.

Offsite hosting negates the need to relocate hardware when moving a business address, whilst remote access frees up staff to work from home or on the move. Tighter security is available on the network whilst expansion of the business is accommodated by the fact the offsite servers have almost limitless capacity. Hosted systems run on enterprise level server hardware that is more reliable, and there is generally resilience in server hardware within the facility that creates fault tolerance and increases availability of the hosted servers.