Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a cloud-based computing model, where all your traditional IT Infrastructure is now virtualised. Your chosen service provider will host and manage all of your company’s virtualized servers and storage solutions, within their cloud service. IaaS offers benefits that traditional IT infrastructure lacks.
Here’s three that might work for you:
1. You can deploy virtualised Infrastructure much faster.
Acquiring and deploying physical infrastructure can take weeks, even months. Quoting and ordering, shipping and installing, all takes time. Not to mention resources. But with IaaS, fill out a web form and your new server could be up and running almost immediately. In a fraction of the time it would normally take you can begin to configure your company’s new virtual server.
2. Easily scale up, and resource accordingly.
In the IT world, scaling can mean a few things. In this context, we’re talking about increasing resources. Like CPU processing power, memory (RAM), or disk size and data storage. The strength of IaaS lies within its ability to increase the size and scale of virtualised IT infrastructure, in real time You simply cannot do that with your company’s existing physical infrastructure.
Typically, IaaS offers two ways to scale up. First is manually, allowing you to adjust your computing resources as you see fit. The second is dynamic scaling, that automatically adds or subtracts resources as needs change. Either option can help you to manage your resources if, when, and where you need them.
3. Reduce your IT Infrastructure spend
Acquiring and maintaining physical IT infrastructure is extremely expensive. The up-front costs for the hardware is just the beginning. Your company may need to hire and train qualified staff, pay for space to house equipment, electricity costs to power and cool the hardware, and so on and so on. Physical infrastructure can also limit your company’s ability to adapt to fiscal changes in business. Coupled with the rapid pace of advancing technology, it can be difficult to estimate the costs of your future requirements.
Depending on your chosen provider, IaaS is generally billed on a metered basis. Typically, your company will only pay for what they use. You’ll know exactly what you’re paying for, and how much. This alone is often reason enough for companies to make the move away from their physical equipment. Some providers may have additional fixed fees, but they’re likely to be outlined in any contracts offered.
In summary, by eliminating the need to manage physical infrastructure, it could result in massive cost savings for your business. The freedom to redirect your company’s resources to where they belong will allow to focus on growing and expanding your business.