2 ways UNIT4′s cloud approach benefits customers
Posted by Chai Lau
The cloud market is confusing. Some newer vendors offer a public cloud only approach, some offer products that are either on premise only or public cloud only (usually acquired), but very few provide a quality hybrid cloud model that has developed organically, which empowers businesses to run a solution based on the same code base all the way from public cloud to private cloud to on-premise.
This guarantees that customers do not need to make important decisions upfront, but can change the way their solutions are consumed and run as requirements evolve.
For customers it is not cloud or nothing! UNIT4 enables them to choose any public, private, on-premises combination. All based on the very same, market leading solutions, running on the same code base as they always have. New business requirements and the need to adapt quickly to external drivers for sustainable competitive advantage will lead to the introduction of cloud-based infrastructure, but the key to getting it right is ensuring it works hand in hand with the existing infrastructure.
Most cloud companies offer just one version of cloud, with limited or no customer choice. We deliver cloud the way they want it – with two primary differentiators:
Portability – With UNIT4, solutions stay portable, agile and scalable. We enable customers to move from on-premises to the cloud or vice-versa, and from public cloud to private cloud or vice-versa, and they gain the guaranteed freedom to choose and keep adjusting their solution and deployment options to absorb and adapt to ongoing business change.
This is possible because:
a) On-premises, public cloud and private cloud deployment models are based on the same application software. Meaning, cloud is not a stripped-down or a “light” version of the software. No re-implementation or switching software is required for portability.
b) Separate databases for all deployment models, which supports seamless portability since data was never co-mingled amongst multiple customers.
c) Data is in a commonly available format which allows internal IT to easily re-deploy if moving back to on-premises.
Upgrade elasticity – Our customers retain the independence and control to move up to new main releases at the time that suits their needs and situation.
- Chai Lau, Product Manager, UNIT4 North America