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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Why is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) the right cloud solution model for your organization? IaaS allows you to quickly scale up and down your solutions to align with demand. You only pay for what you use and can avoid large capital expenditures such as physical servers and other datacenter infrastructure. It also alleviates the need for a team of network engineers to support and maintain server hardware and operating systems because the cloud solution provider will manage the infrastructure for you, while you manage your own software, databases and applications.
One of the common uses of IaaS cloud solutions involves web applications. Virtualized servers enable development teams to quickly set up and dismantle environments for development, testing and staging purposes. IaaS cloud solutions provide everything required to support web apps, including storage, web and application servers, and networking resources. Organizations can quickly deploy web apps and easily scale them when demand for the apps is unpredictable.
The most basic form of an IaaS cloud solution is website hosting. Leveraging a 3rd party hosting company has become the standard for most organizations. Relying on a webhost to provide domain registration, WAN access, bandwidth, DNS services and even encryption capabilities has become the industry norm. Additionally, for international solutions, the challenges of latency can be easily solved by leveraging regional cloud data centers. Cloud solution providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS have data centers spanning the globe, and websites can be easily hosted in any region of choice with minimal effort.
Storage, Backup and Recovery
With IaaS cloud solutions there is no need for large capital purchases for storage devices and the expensive staff to support them. Scaling up to meet demand becomes a snap, and you only pay for what you use, when you are using it, so it is just as easy to scale back down when demand slows. This can be a significant cost savings for any seasonal business. Data compliance and data sovereignty issues are also easily solved with a regional cloud storage model. It can also simplify the management of backup and recovery systems and eliminate the staffing needs to manage these activities.
Desktop as a Service is another form of IaaS that can be very cost-effective particularly for remote organizations. A virtual desktop cloud solution can provide significant flexibility and greatly reduces the overhead of hardware support and asset management. It has similar features to other IaaS solutions in that new desktops can be spun up or down very quickly, and you only incur cost while they are in use. In situations of seasonal hiring spikes or in organization downsizing, significant cost savings can be realized.
The Provato Difference
At the Provato Group, the cloud solutions that we deliver are not one size fits all. We evaluate your business needs and design and build cloud solutions that fit the needs of your business today, while taking into account your needs to scale for your future.