This service approach for infrastructure management (IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service ) is gaining popularity among IT managers.
The service model, typical of the cloud, is, in fact, highly appreciated because it is based on simple but effective concepts: it allows you to accelerate business results through easy access to on-demand resources, being able to take advantage of simplified IT operations, and the flexibility of pay-per-use. It seems ideal for every organization; however, the reality of the facts is quite different.
Compliance, security, and performance
Not only. In fact, many applications cannot yet be brought to the cloud due to inadequate compliance, security, performance, networking, and connectivity reasons. For the same reasons, 73% of the 2,650 IT decision-makers covered by the latest Vanson Bourne annual cloud report said they are bringing applications that have already migrated to the public cloud back on-premises.
So it’s hardly surprising that enterprises are looking for alternative ways to get the same cloud experience in their data centers. Indeed, to meet today’s business needs, enterprises require agility, scalability, and value, regardless of where their applications and data reside. The solution exists, and it is the Infrastructure as a Service.
Always up-to-date technology and pay only for what you use.
We recall that infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a cloud computing service in which servers and storage in the cloud are rented or rented. Users can run any operating system or application on these servers without incurring hardware maintenance and upgrade costs. In addition, IaaS automatically scales up and down according to demand and provides a guaranteed service-level agreement (SLA) in terms of uptime and performance. It also eliminates the need to purchase and manage physical data center servers manually and can be deployed in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment. In practice, a solution such as Infrastructure as a service relieves the company of a series of tasks, allowing it to focus more on core business activities instead of IT infrastructure and computing resources. With the advantage of paying only for used resources.
For an IT manager who has to manage applications or data that cannot be migrated to the cloud, it is certainly comforting to know that, thanks to IaaS, he can also have all the advantages of the cloud itself on the premise.
Eliminate the problem of over-provisioning.
Managing the infrastructure of a classic data center can be complex and expensive. In the cloud era, it is an experience that IT leaders increasingly see as an unnecessary expense. But other forms of expense weigh heavily on IT budgets. There are also the twin problems of wasteful overprovisioning and underutilization, which cuts returns on IT investments.
When buying new machines or renovating the existing fleet, an IT manager always tends to look to the future by foreseeing how to deal with business growth with a properly equipped data center. Usually, the result is a purchase that goes beyond the real needs. Unfortunately, however, it is said that the computing power and excess storage space will never be used, with the risk of obsolescence even before using it.
A Forrester study reports that the pay-as-you-go model of Infrastructure as a service can reduce spending by up to 40% by eliminating overprovisioning and technology refresh expenses. Not only. The study notes that it also increases IT staff productivity by streamlining data center management tasks such as support, administration, and scheduling, “allowing IT professionals to take a more strategic role in supporting business initiatives.” Additionally, it can increase agility, speeding time to market by up to 75%. In fact, a solution like Infrastructure as a service eliminates the time needed to order new hardware, receive it, install it and configure it. When needs require to scale up, additional computing or storage resources are activated, which are therefore quickly available.
Clear and always verifiable costs
In a self-service platform like Infrastructure as a service, IT managers are just a click away from getting up-to-date information on resource costs used and resources available. Likewise, they can easily access the management features of the containers, virtual machines, or other services to which they are subscribed.
This centralized view helps organizations manage both hardware usage and costs, as well as troubleshoot compliance issues and automate various IT operations.