nfrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is becoming an increasingly relevant and viable option for business IT users as organisations look to lower the impact of large capital costs and improve their return on investment for IT assets whilst maintaining reliability and value for money. IaaS provides organisations with up-to-date technology that can be scaled up or down to suit the needs of a business on a pay per use basis.
But organisations looking to implement this kind of new, flexible IT model often meet with reluctance to change. Paul Timms, Managing Director at MCSA, looks at the challenges a business may face when implementing this type of IT infrastructure and how to overcome them.
- In-house hesitancy
‘As a service’ platforms can create staff and resourcing questions. Most organisations will have people in-house who have managed the IT and underpinned the business for years and are loyal toward them. There are clear business benefits to keeping such skills in-house and this team on side, so introducing a new infrastructure that’s foreign to them is not ideal.
The key to implementing any new solution is education and training. Ensure that all the team have the knowledge and understanding of the new model and manage expectations. Choosing a trusted IT services provide to manage the transition to IaaS will give an in-house IT team access to expertise and experience and a wealth of knowledge to enhance the organisation’s existing resources.
Once in place, IaaS can free up the in-house team from managing and maintaining the organisation’s IT infrastructure to re-focus on the new wave of applications and services which could add value to the core business function.
- Loyalty to legacy systems
There can also be resistance within a business to moving from legacy IT systems to a new IaaS model. For individual organisations, certain applications will have been designed to work on certain platform in a certain way and there can be understandable reluctance to moving to an ‘as a service’ platform over which they have little control.
It is worth remembering that, for most businesses, the drive to ‘do more with less’ means that budgets to replace ageing hardware may not always be available, while the pressure to adopt new technologies in order to improve services and operational efficiencies continues to rise. In addition, an in-house IT system can often include resources a business might not fully utilise or limited storage the organisation will quickly outgrow.
The on-demand scalability of IaaS provides added flexibility and greater agility to respond to changing opportunities and requirements. IaaS enables organisations to refresh systems more quickly, upgrade to new technologies more easily and expand their data storage capacity as the business grows. An IaaS provider will normally have the latest and most powerful storage, servers and networking technology to accommodate a business’s needs.
- Business continuity concerns
With cyber-attacks never far from the headlines, business continuity and maximising up-time downtime are high on the agenda across all industry sectors. Organisations will often have several disparate locations with different technologies and business continuity plans, making both ongoing management and disaster recovery very difficult. Futhermore, for companies with sensitive or business-critical data, it can be a concern to consolidate their data storage and entrust it to cloud service providers.
IaaS facilitates a consolidated disaster recovery approach, reducing costs, improving manageability and maximising system up-time for employees from wherever they happen to be. An IaaS system relies on a multitude of servers and data centres, which will ensure that if one should fail then another resource will essentially pick up the slack. This range of solution will maintain business continuity and reassurance that data is secure.
In addition to public cloud storage provision, it is also possible to introduce IaaS based on a physical configuration that is known to the customer to overcome security concerns. It can be a familiar technology platform, known to be stable and flexible so that applications will continue to work for the period of the service. An organisation can choose to have its services on site or in any number of data centres across the country, depending on preferences.
The subscription economy is evolving, and forward-thinking businesses are beginning to recognise and exploit the benefits of IaaS when it comes to futureproofing their IT infrastructure. Originally a ‘cloud first’ offering, IaaS has now matured into a viable option for IT teams to consider when developing a sustainable, stable, secure and scalable future IT strategy. To find out more about IaaS and how you can implement it effectively speak to one of our by EMAIL Sales@mcsa.co.uk or by visiting our website www.mcsa.co.uk and completing a contact us enquiry or call one of our experts on 01628 810977. We will work alongside you to find the right solution for your business.