Cloud computing has grown in popularity of late and many businesses are embracing this new technology as a way of doing smart business. The cloud has a number of offerings that can benefit any business. Two main offerings are Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS, and Software as a Service SaaS. The cloud’s IaaS is quickly becoming a preferred choice for CIOs as traditional buys continue to lose their popularity. With IaaS, CIOs can choose to rent their firm’s infrastructure instead of having to buy the infrastructure the way they were used to.

Why the sudden shift?

The sudden shift from buying IT infrastructure to renting the same has been necessitated by the fact that IT is quickly evolving and for firms to keep in pace with the changes happening in the field, they must invest heavily in their infrastructure. This has proved to be a laborious task even for the resource-endowed firms which have argued that the rate at which their infrastructure is being rendered obsolete makes it uneconomical to keep changing their infrastructure every so often. For this reason, businesses of all sizes have embraced the IaaS offer that is afforded by cloud computing.

What is IaaS?

Information as a service, abbreviated as IaaS, is a model of cloud computing which allows firms to outsource their infrastructural requirements to a cloud computing service provider. Firms can outsource infrastructural requirements that include software, hardware, storage, servers and much more.

To move to the cloud or not to move

If you are still pondering over the question- “Should I trust my IT infrastructure?”, well, let us just say it as it is, no you shouldn’t and here is our reason, if larger organizations are moving to the cloud what makes you think that you can survive with traditional IT infrastructure? Again, cloud computing is disruptive in nature meaning that if you fail to join the bandwagon of change, you risk being wiped out of business. So, would you like to stay in business or not? We guess you would not only want to stay in business but also thrive.

As a business owner, there are many reasons that should encourage you to embrace the IaaS model of cloud computing. Let us now look at the benefits that will accrue to you once you agree to move your infrastructure to the cloud.

Key benefits of moving infrastructure to the cloud

For a major technological disruption to be accepted, it must promise some undeniable benefits. An example is a shift from traditional touchtone phones to a smartphone. This move was accepted because smartphone promised and delivered enhanced user experience. Similarly, for businesses to accept a shift from traditional infrastructure to IaaS, this shift must be supported by some enticing benefits. IaaS promises to deliver the following benefits.

Economies of scale

Small and medium businesses planning to launch their operations in any market are often intimidated by the initial capital required to deploy servers, hardware, software and other computing resources. With IaaS, such businesses get to launch without having to worry about paying upfront for infrastructural cost. They can contract IaaS cloud service providers who will help them migrate to the cloud and run their infrastructure from the cloud.

Disaster recovery and business continuity support

As a business owner, you need to be concerned about how to keep your critical data safe. The IaaS model of computing delivers superior cloud security that ensures you are protected from attacks that can potentially cripple your business.

 Flexibility

The cloud concept supporting the IaaS model allows businesses to be allocated resources depending on their needs. This means that during peak times or periods, more resources can be assigned to your business and then during off-peak seasons, the resources can be varied to fit your requirements.

Parting shot:

As seen above, a shift to the cloud is the economic thing to do for your business. Don’t be left behind as other businesses move to the cloud. Take advantage of the IaaS model of cloud computing and see your business compete favorably with other businesses.

 

by: Mikkie Mills