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Perfect host: 7 reasons to move your transport technology online

Gareth Millier | April 07, 2016

Are your local computer systems and servers becoming old? Are you under pressure to reduce business costs and improve data security? More and more organisations are embracing the benefits of subcontracting their hosting services; replacing old, physical networks of systems and servers with modern, fully reliable servers administered by Trapeze.

Are you thinking of doing the same? Here are seven reasons why you should.

1. Reduce cost

While technology changes often incur cost, moving to a hosted solutions actually allows organisations to save money and time by reducing the level of internal resource required for IT infrastructure management. Organisations can access the latest technology without replacing obsolete hardware, and there’s no risk of compromised efficiency through outdated technology. It’s even possible to reduce office space due to minimal IT infrastructure – another vital consideration in this age of austerity.

2. Security

Hosting presents the opportunity to increase security, which is vital for transport organisations storing sensitive, confidential data of passengers. Hosting services offer organisations secure data backup options, as well as system monitoring and management; patch management; and security audits and updates.

Trapeze’s hosting centre is supplied by a ‘tier 3’ provider with no single point of failure, guaranteed power and 99.9% internet connectivity uptime. Each component has also been reviewed to eliminate all possible weaknesses, with high availability options as standard for the hosting infrastructure, ensuring resilience and redundancy. This includes 3 separate power feeds, dual diverse Internet feeds, high availability, networking infrastructure (firewalling, routing and switching) and high availability server infrastructure that’s not oversubscribed.  

3. Integration

Adopting a hosting approach creates multiple opportunities for integration between your back office systems – and easy integration at that. These opportunities give organisations more time to focus on other areas of the business, as all their previously disparate systems are now taken care of by the hosting provider.

4. Easier upgrades

When your systems are all in one place, it makes it much easier to make changes and install upgrades – you only need to do once what may previously have been done two or three times. There’s a significant cost reduction here too, since many organisations often end up charged twice for system upgrades: once by the software provider and again by the IT provider.

5. Disaster recovery

Investing in hosting solutions also means investing in data back-up and disaster recovery solutions. This saves time and helps avoid potentially significant up-front investment costs, which can be significant. It also protects your data and systems from the very real IT risks out there: including cyber threats, natural disasters and human error. Using hosting services means your sensitive and business critical data and applications are protected; more so than if they were run via a traditional thick-client model.

6. Partner with technology experts

IT systems can be complicated and challenging to maintain effectively. By partnering with a hosting expert you can ensure your provider uses their expertise to ensure maximum benefit from your technology, while reducing internal staff and IT costs for your business. Trapeze employs hosting technology experts and already provides solutions for transport organisations across the UK. We can take care of your systems; so you don’t have to.

7. It’s easier than you think

While the thought of moving internal IT resources onto a virtualized server may seem a daunting challenge, it’s actually a relatively simple process – especially when it comes to migrating Trapeze systems, which are all compatible with modern hosting platforms. In reality your experience will be entirely painless, with Trapeze software engineers and data experts guiding you the whole way. We copy the data, set up the hosting environment, test the system, then go-live and pull across the copied data. Simple!

Conclusion

Just two or three of the benefits listed here should be enough to convince many transport organisations to move their business onto a hosting platform – away from all the expense and security risk of local ICT infrastructure. If you can identify with four or more then it’s really time to consider moving to a hosted environment.

Are you ready to simplify your ICT management through a single, safe, secure and affordable hosting environment?

Get in touch today to find out how Trapeze hosting can improve your technology while saving you money.

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About Gareth Millier

Gareth has over fifteen years’ experience working in IT based positions alongside software development for the passenger transport industry. In that time, Gareth helped implement systems like the Glasgow Streamline system and support the Traveline websitesas an Engineer for Trapeze. Gareth, now as IT Manager for Trapeze, is focused on delivering highly reliable and cost effective hosting solutions for customers and our developers.

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