In today’s digital age, just about everything has gone to the cloud. We’re talking about everything. Where does this leave the issue of infrastructure? In the boots-on-the-ground world of IT infrastructure, is it possible to take it to the cloud? Is it even necessary?
Cloud Services Are Essential
The reason why cloud computing is the new black of the web industry is because it plain works. It’s efficient. It’s cost effective. It’s basically a no-brainer.
Many companies are already using public cloud computing solutions like the following:
- Software as a Service (SaaS) is the most popular level of cloud services. SaaS provides an easy way for users to operate software without having to install it on their own computers.
- Network as a Service (NaaS) provides cloud services across the network, creating VPNs and mobile network virtualization.
- Desktop as a Service (DaaS or “desktop virtualization”) makes it easy for remote computers to access a physical client, depending on the type of virtualization that is set up.
Today, however, far more is needed than these surface levels of cloud computing. Companies are increasingly turning to greater levels of functionality, such as:
- Platform as a Service (PaaS) – PaaS provides the computing platform or environment for consumers or developers to work on applications.
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – This is one of the most foundational levels of cloud services used in the industry today. IaaS provides the entire physical infrastructure — servers, storage space, load balancers, networks, and anything else necessary.
Many companies see the benefits of basic cloud services, but are still hesitant to take their core IT operations and hosting offsite. As time goes on, however, it is becoming more and more important for a company to use cloud-based infrastructures.
The Benefits of Cloud-Based Infrastructure
With the ascent to cloud everything, it makes more and more sense for companies, both small and large, to use virtual infrastructure hosting. Here are the major benefits:
- It dramatically reduces upfront costs. Using Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) helps a company avoid the huge capital investment in servers, storage, and the specialized staff to manage it all. Every company should focus on their core competencies, and avoid being bogged down by the process of setting up an entire infrastructure.
- It increases uptime, maintenance, and management. IaaS is managed by a team of IT specialists. Most services maintain around-the-clock monitoring of the system in order to ensure maximum effectiveness. In other words, you can avoid some of the greatest dangers of onsite IT management by relying on a trained team of high-level professionals to do it for you.
- It reduces operating costs. IaaS costs money, obviously. But compare this expenditure to the ongoing cost of managing your own infrastructure. When you factor in the array of costs that goes into supporting an infrastructure, as well as the staff required to maintain it, infrastructure hosting makes a whole lot of financial sense. Besides, what do you do when you’re ready to expand? What if you have to reduce your size? You can avoid all of these problems and financial pitfalls with virtual infrastructure hosting.
In the rapidly changing world of computing, it takes knowledge to know how best to improve. IntegrIT provides that in-depth knowledge you need to make the best decisions. As cloud consultants, we can answer your questions about cloud computing, and show you the best way forward.