The International Data Corporation (IDC) recently released their Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, which forecasts that by 2020, 48% of total spend on IT infrastructure will be spent on IT infrastructure for cloud environments, equaling roughly $57.8 billion. What does this mean? Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) isn’t going away anytime soon.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is one of the biggest trends in cloud services, and there are a few solid reasons as to why. Along with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), IaaS is one of the key elements of the cloud-computing stack and offers businesses on-demand virtual services such as networking, storage, and hardware.
But, how can utilizing IaaS help to grow and advance your business and IT environment? Here are a few ways you can benefit from IaaS:
1. Increased Performance, Decreased CapEx
With IaaS, your infrastructure is provided and supported by the cloud provider of your choice. Typically, a cloud provider has a more advanced and powerful infrastructure set-up than what would feasibly and financially be in an office environment. This means that you will be able to save your business the upfront costs associated with purchasing, maintaining, and operating hardware, decreasing overall CapEx for your IT spend. It also means that you are able to achieve a higher performance level from your infrastructure. When working with a cloud provider, your SLA can ensure that you are getting the best performance from your cloud provider’s infrastructure. This holds your cloud provider accountable for continuous upgrades on their end to provide the best possible service to you and your business. With IaaS, your in-house IT team is able to spend more time focusing on how they can help further your business goals and objectives through technology rather than buying the latest hardware for your infrastructure.
2. Increased Security
Security should always be a critical element of any aspect of your IT environment, but it is an extremely important factor when it comes to your infrastructure. If your infrastructure is unsecure in any way, your business is at risk. Most cloud providers make significant investments in their IT security operations to ensure that the data they manage (your data!) is safe and secure. Many cloud providers have strict access guidelines to the physical location, raised floor setups, and multiple forms of authentication. Additionally, they have intensive information security measures, such as end-to-end encryption and encryption at rest for private and confidential data. This means your business may be getting a higher level of security and protection than if you were hosting your infrastructure onsite. However, when selecting a cloud provider, it is vital to ask about their security policies and the measures they take to protect their data. This helps to determine whether or not their security procedures meet your business’ security requirements.
3. Scalability and Flexibility
By utilizing IaaS, your business has the ability to scale up and down on an on-demand and as-needed basis. For example, let’s say your business is hosting a national digital campaign that drives traffic to your website in an extremely short span of time. IaaS ensures your business infrastructure can handle the boost in traffic to your home page through procedures such as the automatic provisioning of resources. Additionally, when your business opens a new office location, you do not need to spend the cost and time needed to purchase and initiate new hardware to support that office; instead, you can virtually connect to your infrastructure. This means that as your business expands, you won’t need to continually invest in additional infrastructure. IaaS gives any growing business the flexibility it needs from their IT infrastructure.
4. Increased Support for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
If your infrastructure went completely down, do you know what the cost would be to your business? Most cloud providers host their equipment in highly secure, available, purposely built datacenters that have redundant power, cooling, and network connectivity. In traditional office-based deployments, if the office is uninhabitable or power is out, employees stop working. By being hosted in the cloud, if a storm hits and knocks out your office power, your employees are still able to work from home and be productive, saving your business from losing precious uptime. Additionally, by using IaaS, if your business did face a disaster event, the time it would take to fully restore your infrastructure would be greatly minimized.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service allows businesses to further utilize the cloud to get the most out of their IT. Interested in winning with IaaS? Contact us for a strategy session on migrating to IaaS.