Benefits of cloud computing
No server to maintain
RB9 is hosted in the cloud, eliminating the need for your own server, data storage, and IT staff.
Instead, it runs on Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Services. This network of remote servers hosted on the Internet stores, manages, and processes RB data, instead of using your server or personal computer. It’s always up and always on — no worries about server crashes. And no need to buy and maintain server hardware, move your RB Server to new servers, or upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server software.
Better disaster recovery
RB9 is protected by Microsoft SQL Server’s AlwaysOn Availability Groups, which means your RB data is duplicated on multiple servers in real time. If the active server should go down, another server takes over with no loss of data.
This is better than a back-up system, which only saves data up to a specific point in time, so any data entered since the last back-up is lost if something happens to the primary server. With RB9, the most you will have to do is re-log in and keep working.
Repository storage included
Your repository is in the cloud too, so you don’t have to worry about those files either. No need to maintain your own data storage facilities or use a 3rd-party data storage site. It’s all part of RB9.
RB9 is more secure than an in-house system in many ways. One way is open port security: If you're trying to log in remotely without a secure connection, you do not need to keep the well-known default SQL port open; nor do you need to keep any custom ports open for RB Repository downloads. (And that’s one less thing you need IT to do.)
And since it's on Microsoft Azure’s Cloud Services, it has security and privacy safeguards beyond what a single court reporting agency could provide.
Economical & scalable
RB9 saves you money in three areas:
- Direct costs, such as on-going expenses for electricity to power your server, HVAC to maintain the proper environment in the server room, even the server room itself or other dedicated spaces, such as for your file repository.
- Indirect costs, such as IT staff to maintain all of that third-party hardware, troubleshooting its problems, fixing software bugs and coordinating with OMTI Support.
- Hidden costs, such as low productivity due to server downtime or remote connection problems.
You can add or cancel user licenses as needed. The basic system includes one user license. RB9 also includes 100GB of cloud storage in the basic system. As your business grows, you can add more storage in 500GB increments. If later you don’t need extra storage, you can cancel those additional increments.
Work from anywhere
With your RB system in the cloud, you and your staff are not tethered to an in-house server. As long as you can access the Internet, you can work from wherever you want.
Just like RB9’s PDF Transcript Creator and the Form Manager eliminate the need for 3rd-party transcript apps or a word processor, RB9 eliminates the need for other 3rd-party software, such as SQL Server, or 3rd-party cloud storage or hard disk space in-house for repository files. You don’t have to spend time contacting other service providers to fix issues with their hardware or software.
Better service for your clients
If you have RB Connect online offices, those pages load faster than RB Web pages did with an RB8 subscription. This improved performance is because RB9 SQL Server resides next to the Web Server in the cloud so information is relayed quickly.
Your RB Connect site content is safeguarded to the highest level. And your clients get the fastest downloads possible (depending on their Internet connection speed).
No need to move or re-install
Without a physical server, you never have to deal with server crashes, upgrading server hardware, or moving/re-installing your RB Server. You never have to transfer your RB database to another computer in your system and have it re-attached. And with Microsoft SQL Server’s AlwaysOn Availability Groups, you never need to restore your RB database from an earlier back-up.
- No downtime
- No maintenance
- No SQL Server
- No in-house server equipment
- No lost data
- No need to back up data
- Always most recent version of RB9
- Repository storage included
- More secure
- Connect from anywhere
- One source
- Easily add plug-ins
- Faster speeds from RB Connect
- Never have to move servers/databases again
RB9 disadvantage: Solved!
With all of this going for it, are you wondering what’s the downside? RB9 users cannot create custom reports for their business, either with Access or other reporting tools. This is due to security issues with directly connecting to RB databases in the cloud. However, in August 2018, OMTI released Data Reader, a plug-in that allows you to use your RB data in other applications so you can create your own custom reports and more. Of course, if you prefer, we can write custom reports for you.