According to a review of 2017 Cloud Market trends by Synergy Research Group, IaaS showed the largest growth rate (47%) of any cloud market segment in 2017. In the words of John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group, “in 2017, cloud was the new normal. Major barriers to cloud adoption are now almost a thing of the past.”
Should your organization adopt IaaS too? Read on, and I’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Here are 8 reasons that IaaS is a big win for most businesses out there:
#1 : Cost
Simply put, with IaaS, you eliminate capital investments in hardware. You also eliminate all of the associated costs of maintaining your infrastructure: paying for the physical space, the utility costs, staff time to maintain it, etc. This is probably the single largest cost savings. Another bonus, the subscription model spreads any necessary purchases into small, predictable, monthly bills.
#2 : Scalability
With the ability to offer on demand resources, IaaS can transform the way an organization grows and changes. Unveiling a new initiative? Doubling your work force as a result of seasonal demand? These challenges are easily tackled when your IT department does not have to procure, set up, configure, and test new IT infrastructure. With IaaS, desktop resources, storage systems, servers, and networks can be managed and supported from a central console.
Rapid response. On demand. These are not terms typically associated with major IT infrastructure enhancements. Yet with IaaS, this is the new reality. It’s simply a matter of changing your cloud server allocation. IT teams can now pull together entire computing platforms at a lightning fast rate. That means that businesses large and small can adapt to changing market needs. Plus, with the subscription model, if you downsize, you’re only paying for what you use.
#4 Strategic Focus
No more upgrades to worry about. No more maintenance. IaaS can transform the way your in-house IT team works. When freed from the grind of daily maintenance, your team can concentrate on strategic business initiatives. How will you reallocate those hours typically spent on maintenance? Think of the productivity gains! Providing more challenging, strategy-driven work for your team is also a great way to make sure you can attract and key top IT talent.
#5 Cutting Edge Technology at Your Fingertips
Given the costs of traditional, on-premise server infrastructure hardware, it is simply not feasible for most businesses—particularly SMBs—to keep up with the newest and latest technology. For IaaS providers, offering the latest technology is standard operating procedure and a competitive necessity. By choosing Infrastructure as a Service, that competitive advantage gets passed to you.
#6 On Demand Access and Availability
With IaaS, no matter what kind of disaster strikes, you can always keep your business up and running. Cloud-based infrastructure can provide anywhere, anytime access so even if your office location isn’t accessible, you can still access your valuable corporate data and keep your business running full steam ahead—all you need is an internet connection.
Perhaps the single most significant benefit of IaaS is the advanced security technology. IaaS providers have built-in incentives—their business model revolves around the security of their own IT infrastructure and assets—to provide state-of-the-art security for their clients. Are you one of the 70% of IT executives concerned about data protection? Cyberthreats are everywhere these days. IaaS can put your mind at ease by offering advanced cybersecurity AND physical protection of IT infrastructure with built in redundancies.
One of the key advantages with cloud services is that compliance for your data becomes a bit easier. Work with your Infrastructure provider to see which compliance standards they support and how they can maintain your specific compliance standards.
Streamline your responsibilities
You may have noticed a trend here. One of the main reasons that cloud services are completely revolutionizing IT is that they ultimately make your job easier. By reducing your worries about maintenance tasks, security concerns and aging equipment, IaaS can turn your sleepless nights into restful evenings. What’s more, with added layers of flexibility and access to advanced technology, your team can finally turn into the innovation center your organization has been searching for. The key is to choose the provider best suited to your business’ unique challenges and needs. The right provider will allow you to focus on your business needs instead of spending the time and money it takes to plan, procure, secure, and manage the right infrastructure to meet your application demands.
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