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Exploring the Benefits of the IaaS Model of Cloud Computing

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a cloud delivery model that allows an organization to rent a service provider’s computing resources. Infrastructure components such as compute, networking, storage and databases are delivered virtually via the Internet and scaled up or down as needed. This eliminates the need to purchase, install and maintain infrastructure on-premises.

As an alternative to the IaaS model, some organizations will use cloud services through a co-location facility. In this model, you rent server rack space at a remote location for equipment you own. You can remotely manage your technology or have a service provider manage it (managed hosting).

While all three models have pros and cons, IaaS is extremely cost-efficient and flexible. With dynamic scaling, metered usage and pay-as-you-go pricing, you only pay for the resources you need rather than trying to predict IT infrastructure demands and paying in advance. Also, the service provider is responsible for managing and maintaining infrastructure. In-house IT teams can focus on strategic, revenue-producing initiatives rather than taking care of technology.

Value Across Industries

IaaS is particularly valuable in today’s highly competitive marketplace, with organizations under constant pressure to optimize operations and improve business agility. IaaS allows you to conserve capital while ensuring that IT resources are always up to date. You are no longer stuck with depreciating IT assets that must be upgraded every few years.

With IaaS, organizations are no longer limited by what their on-premises infrastructure can handle and in-house personnel can manage. You can deploy cloud infrastructure quickly and easily with minimal risk. This makes it easier to take advantage of technological innovations that speed time to market, drive collaboration and provide competitive advantages.

Cloud systems offer virtually unlimited resources and built-in redundancy. Performance is constantly monitored to ensure application requirements are met. Also, with better security tools and expertise, a cloud service provider’s infrastructure is typically more secure than an on-premises environment.

Meeting Regulatory Requirements

Organizations in highly regulated industries may hesitate to adopt IaaS, but use cases are increasing. By moving back-office systems to the cloud, you can reduce or eliminate headaches related to hardware procurement, installation and maintenance, and power and cooling costs. Customer-facing applications such as portals and mobile tools are often easier and less expensive to manage in the cloud.

Many organizations are more comfortable keeping certain data on-premises to meet regulatory requirements. However, the cloud enables these organizations to take advantage of new services and capabilities and expedite important business initiatives. For example, organizations are using cloud-based analytics and business intelligence applications to automate processes, reduce errors and mine data for valuable business insights. Anonymization and related techniques can help ensure the security and privacy of data.

Choosing the Right Provider

When choosing an IaaS provider, identify the reason for moving to the cloud, what you hope to achieve and how progress will be measured. Ask prospective providers several questions. Is there an uptime guarantee? How is data secured? What is your disaster recovery process? What kind of technical support do you offer? Which services and costs are included, and which ones are extra? What certifications do you have to prove you adhere to industry best practices and standards?

Partnering with a qualified managed services provider such as IronLogix can be beneficial. We have the expertise to help you determine if you should move to the cloud and which services make the most sense. Let us help you understand how to take advantage of the cloud and choose the right solution for each use case.

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