Key Benefits of IaaS
Digital transformation is quickly becoming a priority for businesses across all sectors, but the rapidly growing and diversifying telecom industry can make it difficult to agree on a strategy.
IT infrastructure can be extremely costly, both in terms of initial expenditure and continued maintenance. IaaS enables businesses to outsource their infrastructure to a third-party provider, turning infrastructure into a monthly operational expense rather than a significant capital expenditure. The IaaS provider is responsible for upgrading, maintaining and troubleshooting the infrastructure This can potentially save the enterprise money, but more importantly, allows risk to be quantified and managed through the purchase of set service levels.
IaaS providers are heavily trained in sourcing and implementing state-of-the-art security technologies to ensure your company data is as safe as possible.
IaaS enables businesses to rapidly and easily scale their data processing capabilities. Firms can instantly add capacity during busy periods and reduce bandwidth when it isn’t needed. Many providers offer pay-as-you-go pricing structures so that clients only pay for the bandwidth that they use.
IaaS might be right for your business if:
You are looking to reduce business risks associated with managing IT Infrastructure
The deepening complexity and increasing importance of IT infrastructure make it difficult for businesses to recruit talent with the skills needed to maintain and secure such assets. Outsourcing the physical management of the hardware can leverage savings as the operator purchases equipment at scale.
Security is a growing concern and can require robust processes and expensive skills. This makes it difficult for smaller organisations or smaller-scale requirements to manage their infrastructure.
It’s likely that your business will need to scale or change quickly
You may have a small-scale requirement initially and an uncertain forecast which makes access to upfront CapEx (Capital Expenditure) problematic.
Your demand is seasonal or sporadic, meaning investing in your own infrastructure would be wasted for some parts of the year.
IaaS may not be right for your business if:
Saving money is your key priority. Costs associated with IaaS are typically on a usage basis, as well as the connectivity required to access IaaS. Fees vary significantly with the Service Levels purchased. IaaS helps you better understand and manage your business risks and IT infrastructure costs.
You want to avoid latency and have limited options with local IaaS providers. IaaS is often concentrated in areas with higher demand, so the infrastructure can be scaled, meaning getting your traffic to the IaaS service may add latency to a solution. Additionally, if connectivity to your remote location is expensive, outsourcing data to be processed and returned may provide additional costs and latency to a solution.
Things to look out for:
Ensure that you lock in a service-level agreement that meets your business needs. Service levels can significantly impact the cost of a solution, so you must agree upon a quota that aligns with your requirements.
Pricing is most commonly pay-as-you-go and billed for usage in arrears. Custom solutions are better suited to specialists, and larger-scale solutions have more cost-effective monthly fees; however, they are less flexible because the infrastructure is dedicated to a single customer.