Software as a Service (SaaS) - Cloud Computing
By providing the WMS solution as a service, our customers no longer pay for “owning” software, instead they only pay to use it. Rather than making an expensive investment in new software, our customers pay a monthly fee, at a price that is reasonable.
Other benefits to using a hosted application are plentiful, for example, free upgrades are introduced quickly and painlessly, avoiding additional software purchase requirements and compatibility issues. Approved users can access winery information anywhere in the world that they can access the internet. The ability to provide our customers immediate access to the latest technology is unparalleled in the Wine Industry today.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about Cloud Computing and Software as a Service.
What is this “cloud” I keep hearing about?
Generally, “the cloud” refers to the Internet as a whole. More specifically, a cloud is a private, remotely hosted network infrastructure that delivers applications and data to users over the Internet. Remember upfront infrastructure costs, space-consuming server racks, erratic updates and isolated systems? How about unpredictable computer crashes that grind your wine production to a halt?
Is cloud computing just another technology fad?
No way. The benefits of cloud computing are too great to think it will ever go away — it’s not just another Internet bubble; it’s the future of IT. Prior to the development and proliferation of cloud-based services, wine management software relied on physical infrastructure frameworks that were awkward, expensive.
One of the best aspects of cloud computing is its scalability. Cloud infrastructures are elastic, so they expand and retract as needed. You don’t ever need to worry about running out of space on your server, because your server is our server, and our servers are scalable.
Running your wine management software on the web instead of inside your operating system means it’s much faster to get up and running without having to invest in expensive local storage solutions
What is the difference between software and Software-as-a-Service?
Traditional software must be installed locally on every single machine that uses it, making it prone to computer crashes and hang-ups. Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, is software that is delivered over the Internet on an on-demand basis. It runs inside your browser window and is hosted on remote servers — no installation required.