16.01.2013, von Matthew Finnegan
Sandstone has switched to a pure cloud services delivery model, enabling a 10-fold increase in end users supported through its online team building sessions by ditching its hosting provider.
In order to reduce costs and quickly scale its operations to meet increased interest in the online business it began three years ago, Sandstone sought an alternative to the virtual dedicated server (VDS) supplied by its previous hosting provider.
The change in business requirements convinced Sandstone to adopt a full cloud model to deliver web-based team building sessions to organisations with large remote or disparate workforces, in addition to the software it provides for on-premises projects.
Alan Hunt, Sandstone's managing director, said that the number of end users the company could support had been limited in the past due to the inflexibility of its previous hosting agreement, both in terms of capacity and cost.
"As we added to the portfolio of activities and we started to get ever-larger groups interested in our activities, that is where it became a bit more of a challenge," he said.
Hunt added that the traditional hosting service was scalable, but that the provider's terms lacked the flexibility required to meet the demands of new clients.