by Dave Moorman
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is one of the most efficient IT cost-control mechanisms ever invented. As a bonus, it also eliminates the cost and hassle of equipment maintenance and reduces downtime dramatically.
So, how can infrastructure (hardware) be a service, and how does it provide these great benefits? IaaS, companies pay an IT provider a flat monthly fee for providing, installing and maintaining their IT infrastructure, such as servers, storage appliances and backup devices. There are no hidden fees or unpleasant surprises—the provider takes care of everything.
And, since the provider (and not the customer) owns the equipment, it has a vested interest in making sure everything stays in top-notch condition. When equipment nears the end of its life, the provider replaces it. Most also offer upgrade plans that enable customers to move to faster, more powerful equipment on a scheduled timeframe.
This solution is truly a win-win for the customer, and it amazes me that more firms aren’t taking advantage of it. Its benefits speak for themselves:
The one caveat about IaaS is that you must be confident your new IT partner adheres to the highest standards of service to avoid an excessively long and painful transition to the new system as well as workflow disruption during routine maintenance.
If you would like to learn more about how these programs work and can be customized to your needs, give me a call. I’d be happy to help you navigate your way to embarking on a truly revolutionary approach to IT.