Private cloud infrastructure, or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), delivers on-demand servers, storage, network, and operating systems to companies for solutions in the cloud instead of hosting everything in-house. Not only does it free up your IT resources for strategic initiatives and business critical missions, but it can also be cheaper in the end and help you stay abreast of technology changes as they unfold.
Since IaaS is a rapidly emerging solution, it’s important to understand what it is and what is isn’t.
What IaaS Provides
With a private cloud infrastructure, you get these resources as a service instead of managing capital expenditures and maintaining the facilities and equipment. It usually comes with a variable pricing model that lets you pay as you grow.
IaaS allows companies to nimbly scale their IT environment up as the business grows. Instead of always being behind the curve in acquiring new technology and deploying the latest and greatest apps, consuming IaaS allows companies to stay on the forefront and quickly roll out new products and services.
When You Should Turn to IaaS
There are quite a few situations where consuming IaaS would be advantageous. Here are a few suitable situations:
- If you have variable demand on infrastructure, it makes more sense to use an IaaS solution rather than trying to scale up or down in response to demand fluctuations.
- If you’re a new company wanting to take advantage of new technology, IaaS allows you to expand without having the great capital expenditures that an in-house solution would require.
- In the same vein, if your business is growing rapidly, it’s hard to nimbly scale hardware to meet your new needs. An IaaS solution can alleviate that challenge.
When IaaS Doesn’t Make Sense
Some businesses don’t need to jump on the private cloud infrastructure band wagon just because it’s the latest trend. For instance, if you’re a stable organization with adequate internal resources and equipment to manage your needs, there wouldn’t be a strong enough reason to scrap your current solution for the cloud.
Also, if you have a strong need for data control, an in-house solution might better serve your requirements. When you host in-house, you know for sure where your data is and how it’s being handled.
Private cloud infrastructure or IaaS is one solution that many businesses are turning to today to help resolve issues around their IT needs.
Before you consider moving to a private cloud infrastructure, make sure you perform due diligence to ensure the solution is the best one for your business critical needs.
Also, don’t be afraid to stridently vet private cloud infrastructure providers because not all providers are equal. You’ll want to know exactly what your requirements are before you begin talking to providers about solutions.
Where to Get More Information
To help you understand how a private cloud solution can help you meet or exceed your current and future IT requirements, TBConsulting put together an e-Book entitled “Top 5 Benefits of Transitioning to a Private Cloud.”
There are plenty of benefits discussed in the E-Book, and there’s even a bonus benefit at the end that you may not have considered. To get a copy of this enlightening and informative guide, download your copy for free.