In the world of IT, we love a good acronym. It would get pretty tedious saying things like “Simple Network Management Protocol” all day long, so of course we just say SNMP. But one acronym in particular has the attention of many business owners these days: IaaS.
Otherwise known as Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS is revolutionizing the way businesses deploy IT resources, and in some cases, it’s saving them a great deal of money.
Before the advent of cloud computing, building an IT network worked like this: A business had a server built to support a given number of employees. As that business grew, demand on the server began to outpace its capacity. So, the business would invest a significant amount of money and time setting up another server, and this process would repeat itself as the business continued to grow. The end result was a lot of capital expenditure tied up in rapidly depreciating computer hardware.
Cloud technology changed all of that.
Today’s businesses build and expand their IT network infrastructures differently. Instead of setting up an expensive, bulky server on premises, they lease a server in the cloud for pennies (literally, pennies!). They no longer have to set aside thousands of dollars to buy a single piece of network equipment, such as a server or switch or router.
You might be thinking, “Great … but how do I access my files and programs? Won’t that download take forever every time I need to access something?” Nope! Today’s remote-access technologies allow rapid transfer of bulk data over the internet, so files and programs are readily accessible, despite being miles away.
One of the coolest aspects of IaaS is how quickly and easily you can provision additional computing power and resources. Suppose you lease a file-storage server in the cloud, and you’ve used up all your storage capacity. The solution? Go to your settings, and ratchet up the amount of space on your lease agreement. Done. In some cases, you can even set the server to auto-provision more space as needed.
Despite how fantastic IaaS can be, it doesn’t come without its drawbacks. For one, you’re putting your eggs in someone else’s basket, so to speak. If your cloud provider suffers an outage, you’re just plain stuck until they’re back up and running. You’ll have to determine which programs and data you can live without in an emergency. A cloud expert can advise you on what to put up in the cloud and what you should keep on premises.
Secondly, these systems are complex and require expertise to set up and configure properly. Instead of trying to shoulder that effort yourself, turn to an IT expert with proven cloud expertise. At Sagiss, we help our clients leverage the cloud to operate more efficiently and securely, day in and day out. We’d love to help you too.
Got a question about how your business can take advantage of cloud technologies? Give us a call.