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DATE POSTED: 07/26/2017

Small businesses and startups face the challenge of managing costs as they spend on overhead and operational expenses. Technology has become crucial to running most businesses, particularly digitized or digital-based setups that need specific Internet programs or software to offer or produce their services.

What is Infrastructure as a Service?

Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) is one of three main categories of cloud computing services, apart from Platform as a Service and Software as a Service. IaaS provides the usage of virtualized computing resources using a shared platform. Software as a service employs an enterprise platform on a multitenant platform that delivers through Internet protocol on any device. On the other hand, platform as a service is suited for a preproduction environment that creates and runs application.

An IaaS model has a third-party provider host infrastructure components such as software, hardware, storage, and services. Infrastructure as a Service also handles tasks such as dynamic scaling, automated administrative tasks, system maintenance, desktop virtualization,  and backup and resiliency planning.

Unlike other software-based services, you can easily change your chosen IaaS function based on your business’ current demand. IaaS is highly recommended for services that are prone to change and experimental in nature. Costs are managed with its pay per-use format (monthly, weekly, or per hour, depending on your preference). Other providers charge based on the space consumed in the virtual machine, removing the need to pay for in-house software or hardware.

Business owners are free to choose and adjust the services they need from an IaaS platform. Expenses on buying and managing physical servers are removed and you’re able to rent the infrastructure you need based on your project’s given timetable.

Given all this information, how exactly can businesses take advantage of using infrastructure as a Service? Here are some tasks that can be done better with access and the right investment into IaaS.

Business Tasks Care of IaaS

Companies that handle a large volume of data or record a significant amount on a given amount would require storage management. Businesses can avoid spending capital on storage by using IaaS for backup, storage, and recovery purposes. You won’t have to worry about having enough capacity for unpredictable demands and sudden or growing storage requirements. You can also rely on IaaS for simplifying the management and planning of recovery and backup systems.

High-performance computing usually done through computer clusters and supercomputers can be performed through IaaS instead. An IaaS provider can handle complex problems with millions of variables such as climate and weather predictions, product design evaluation, and financial modeling.

Data sets are also handled by IaaS, particularly massive ones that involve valuable trends, associations, and patterns. An IaaS offers the processing power needed to mine data sets and discover the patterns hidden amid many variables.

Smaller online tasks aren’t exempt from IaaS. Websites managed through IaaS can come out as more affordable than traditional web hosting. IaaS can also provide storage, networking resources, as well as application and web servers to support web apps.

The Advantages of Infrastructure as a Service

IT technologies need to be updated every five years. It’s more practical for companies to outsource IT infrastructure and have the service provider responsible for spending on upgrades. The budget can instead be spent on making the most out of current software and technologies to drive short-term profit.  

Scaling is another factor to consider when it comes to IT infrastructure. In-house IT tends to limited in the scalability of services and programs, ultimately depending on your company’s current resources. But with an outsourced infrastructure as a service, you’ll only pay for the scale’s expansion or reduction according to your needs.

Flexibility is the clearest advantage from using IaaS. Companies are free to choose how much they pay and what technologies they pay for. There’s no time wasted on considering significant capital and ROI targets, as opposed to paying a specific amount in a temporary timeframe.

Costs are not only reduced from what you spend on IT services. Your operational costs and labor expenses from running an IT department are now zero since you’ve outsourced the service. The company also doesn’t have to spend on recurring expenses in terms of IT and other related upgrades.

Customer experience is also improved care of IaaS. Choose the right outsourcing partner and it may have a positive contribution to the services provided by your company. The company can experience improvements in processes such as customer support, bookkeeping, accounting, and other HR or administration related policies. Customers and employees alike will notice the difference, enabling positive feedback and increased morale in the company.

The right IaaS provider can also offer increased security for the company’s applications and data. You’ll spend less on programs that you’d have to install in house and still hire experts on the matter. Be sure to read through the service agreement to assure the appropriate security solution.

Companies can also assure themselves business continuity and high availability. The right IaaS provider can offer a service level agreement that enables applications and data access during major disasters or a power outage.

Apart from these emergencies, IaaS plans can be adjusted according to the resources you need during off peak and high peak seasons. Opt to scale down on resources during holidays and then return to extensive services during normal days.

Qualitative effects and services aren’t the only advantages of IaaS. Cisco reports that new revenue streams can be delivered through IaaS, offering a better return of investments via high-margin multi-tenancy services and opening up market opportunities among enterprise customers.

By this year, IaaS is predicted to grow by 36.8% and go up to $34.6B. Companies should look into finding the best partner among all the providers and Infinit-O is a known expert in the outsourcing field. Find out more about our services here. Let’s discuss the best service level agreement plan and you’ll soon be enjoying the benefits of good business outsourcing.


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