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Cloud-based infrastructure solutions are on the rise

Cloud computing has historically had two foci: SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service. To date, the vast majority of cloud computing solutions have focused solely on the former. SaaS offerings in areas like CRM, ERP, collaboration, and communications have revolutionized the way that many organizations work, but IaaS solutions just haven’t been able to get the same kind of foothold.

A new kind of service

In the past year or two, however, cloud computing providers have started to offer some new IaaS solutions that have the potential to change the face of IT. These solutions offer key infrastructure options like network optimization, network management, security, and even virtual desktop solutions.

Security the biggest concern

The major argument that organizations have used against cloud solutions (both SaaS and IaaS) has been security. The basic premise of cloud computing assumes a multi-tenant infrastructure. What that means is that the organization’s data is held in the same location as other organizations’ data – and it’s in the hands of a third party.

When considering cloud solutions, then, an organization needs to figure out whether a given cloud services provider can implement controls such that IT can still keep in compliance with necessary standards and regulations.

Cloud infrastructure benefits

The most compelling argument in favor of cloud solutions is often the cost. The TCO of a cloud solution is almost always less than an in-house solution. Doing a full analysis, however, is important, as there are those scenarios in which it’s not any less expensive to move to the cloud.

Another benefit to cloud solutions – and one that simply can’t be replicated in-house in most cases – is rapid deployment. Cloud providers have a degree of agility that is hard for a single organization to maintain. Increasing capacity and deploying new technologies happen faster with a provider. The key is to make sure that, during the evaluation process, you know how far extended your vendor already is.

Cloud-based infrastructure solutions are on the rise. As more and more companies turn to the cloud for their IT needs, it’s likely that we’ll see IaaS start to play catch-up with SaaS.

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