Cloud Based Solutions

Hosting Services

CCG Systems is taking all necessary precautions around the Covid-19 pandemic. All our resources such as server platforms, transactional capacity, and video meeting facilities, have been configured in the cloud and are 100% operational. Not all organisations are ready to move to cloud-based accounting services because, in many cases, these services do not have the comprehensive functionality they require. However, there is now no reason why an organisation cannot host desktop applications on a virtual private server. This provides an organisation with the best of both worlds: the ability to continue using our Accounting Systems combined with hosting them in a secure, private cloud infrastructure.

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Our Hosting Platform

CCG Systems’ specialised virtual private server (VPS) hosting is a unique service in South Africa, aimed at organisations using Accounting or Financial services and wanting to move them to a private cloudhosting service. We have also been backing up the Accounting and Financial systems of our clients in Africa since 2014.

CCG Systems has built a dedicated hosting environment for accounting and financial systems. It is hosted in a private cloud infrastructure and offered with additional services to ensure safety, cyber security, and disaster recovery availability. 

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10 reasons to consider hosting in the cloud

1. Eliminates the need for a server

There is no need to buy a server, so no capital expenditure, just a fully deductible monthly operational expense. You will reduce your hardware support costs, insurance costs and Electricity costs.

2. Makes upgrading easy

When you purchase physical hardware, it is often specified to the maximum amount of RAM, CPU, and hard drive, which you may never need to use. With a virtual private server, you can set it up and adjust it on the fly for optimal performance and cost management.

3. Ensures physical security of your servers

Safety and security are major issues in South Africa. Should your office be broken into and all your equipment stolen, or equipment vandalized due to protests, you would need a comprehensive backup strategy to recover your servers. This problem disappears when you have a virtual private server (VPS) hosted in a tier 3 data centre.

4. Manage server cyber security

Cyber security is a major headache, with malware, ransomware, and disgruntled employees able to wreak havoc in an organisation. If a staff member opens a ransomware email that infects all connected devices then it will not infect a virtual private server because it does not sit in your network, the hosted server should be in a tier 3 data centre with full Internet security and have adequate cloud hosted cyber security software installed.

5. Enables business continuity

A natural disaster or pandemic would prevent access to your office but not to your virtual private server. So, if you moved your staff to a backup location, they would connect their laptops or new hardware to the virtual private server and carry on working.

6. Makes it easier to perform disaster recovery

When a server is hosted in a virtual environment there are many tools to create an up-to-date image of the server at a point in time. Should the virtual private server be damaged or unable to run, this image can be used to reinstate the service very quickly in another location.

7. Improves RPO and RTO

RPO = recovery point objective is the time of the last backup of a server.

RTO = recovery time objective is the time it takes to recover a server from a backup and have it available to use. Recovering a server is difficult when it sits on-site at your office – first a new one must be sourced, either at the office or in the cloud, and connectivity to it must then be established. In a hosted environment the provisioning of a new server can be quick, so your recovery time objective is low

8. Management of power failure and load-shedding

You can continue to run your organisation through a power cut if:

  • Your servers are hosted in a virtual private cloud, and
  • Your staff have laptops, and
  • Your fibre or ADSL router and all internal network switches

are connected to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Since the UPS then only needs to maintain a router it will last far longer so, in most cases, fibre and ADSL networks will continue to run during a power cut

9. Enables access from multiple locations

A virtual private server is accessible from wherever you and your staff are, if an Internet connection is available.

10. Streamlines your auditing and accounting support

Straight from our auditor: “It’s much easier for me to manage the auditing and accounting support for a client if they’re hosted in the cloud. I simply login using remote desktop and can very quickly produce my own reports and help where required.”

With a virtual private server hosted in a tier 3 data center, you can keep your full-function accounting services up and running and benefit from the advantages listed above.

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