Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is on-demand data centers that provide services on a pay-per month basis depending on the resources used. The flexibility of IaaS means that consumers can opt for even hourly resource consumption modules, allowing businesses to explore elastic computing in its true form. The zero infrastructure capital expenses is another reason why IaaS is gaining ground among SMBs. In fact, Gartner predicts that IaaS will grow by 41.3 percent in 2016. Given that it’s the fastest developing cloud computing sector, you may want to consider integrating IaaS with your business IT infrastructure. Here are some other reasons why.
Scale your IT infrastructure flexibly to your business’ needs
With trying economic times in the backdrop, businesses today are evolving and playing a spectator to many unpredicted changes at the same time. A rigid one-size-fits-all IT infrastructure cannot therefore accommodate the changing demands of a business. IaaS gives businesses a provision to scale their IT infrastructures as and how the business progresses, handing you the reigns completely. For instance, if your business has a seasonal campaign where applications are to be deployed only for a short period of time, then IaaS resources can be used to meet the demands, and be scaled down after. The dynamic nature of an IaaS service means that resources can be adjusted to drops or spikes in activity without any intermediate downtime to make infrastructure adjustments.
Cut down on your IT expenditure
IaaS allows businesses to cut down their expenditures from creating and maintaining IT infrastructure, as all of it is managed by the service provider. This also means that they will not have to invest heavily on software or hardware for the business. IaaS models are offered with pay-as-you-go schemes, which means you only need to pay for IT resources that you utilize. This can equip small and medium-sized businesses that are looking for top-notch IT infrastructure, but have low-strung budgets at their disposal.
Enhanced reliability and performance
IaaS services enable businesses to make use of infrastructure that includes storage, processing, servers, networking and hardware, without having to deal with the hassles of maintenance. As the service provider handles all the hosting and maintenance aspects, the consumer is allowed to focus on other demanding tasks. Also, since IaaS is housed in a data center, it is far more robust, resilient and reliable than an in-house setup, making little allowance for downtime.