Cloud - Benefits of IAAS

Journey to the Cloud in 5 steps: Part 2 – Benefits of IaaS

In continuation to the blog that was posted last week on “Challenges faced by IT organizations”, my blog for this week will be on “The benefits of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)”.

Based on all the challenges IT organizations face on a daily basis, I strongly recommend IT companies try out a public / private cloud.

Architecting a cloud is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Every situation is different and hence we need to follow a methodological process to host our infrastructure in a cloud environment. I will talk about that in detail in my next blog which is on “Journey to cloud in 5 steps”.

Let me list down some of the inherent benefits that your company could achieve by hosting your infrastructure in a cloud environment:

1. Cloud hosting reduces capital investment in ageing equipment, allowing for standardization, reliability and consistency in IT operations. It also enables Data Center consolidation, minimizing Data Center footprint and there will be an overall reduction in IT Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

2. Cloud providers maintain state of the art facilities, security, firewalls and higher operating standards that meet and in some cases exceed Sox, FDA and HIPAA requirements.

3. Enables back-up to the cloud technology and system or application restoration on demand. Cloud providers have redundant network of DC’s across multiple regions that can sustain business continuity and minimize major system outages.

4. Enables greater flexibility in integration and divesting of manufacturing sites and allows for quicker ramp up / ramp down of infrastructure.

5. Removes lengthy lead times for hardware acquisition, enables standardization of equipment, reduces validation time and enables speed to innovation.

6. Overall reduction in unplanned downtime, system outages and increased reliability in our global network and infrastructure. Cloud hosting providers have a record of 99.9999% system uptime with built-in redundancy.

7. Reduction in procurement, implementation and validation of hardware.

8. Allows for cloud hosting experts to manage our environment which allows internal IT to focus on core capabilities such as providing solutions, business transformation and overall support of corporate strategic goals.

9. Infrastructure utilization can be monitored over a period of time and the resources can be either increased / decreased based on the usage pattern. This will help reduce the cloud hosting charges.

10. Cloud service providers provide low cost options for long term data archival. No need to keep the archival data on premise. This will significantly reduce our tape and offsite storage costs.

Now that we have discussed the benefits of IaaS and why you should try out a private or public cloud, come back next week for my last blog on this mini-series. My last blog will give you details on how a company can get to the Cloud in 5 easy steps.