It’s obvious that we’re living in a data driven world. Companies are collecting and storing more customer data than ever. This trend is only going to continue in the years to come, so making sure your organization is ready to keep up with this trend is more important than ever.
An organization’s IT Infrastructure is a complex and evolving network that needs to be monitored 24/7 to ensure that data is both accessible and secure. As a company grows, so does it’s IT needs. ITaaS (IT as a Service) is a concept that alters the way technology is delivered to an organization. In effect, it turns technology into a commodity and allows an enterprise to be provided with exactly the amount of hardware, software, and support it needs for a predetermined monthly or yearly fee.
ITaaS is something that really began to take hold with the advent of cloud platforms, but the cloud isn’t the only piece of infrastructure that an organization needs. It’s increasingly important for IT departments to consider the wide range of infrastructure options that are available, including public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, dedicated servers, virtual private servers, and so on.
Take, for example, a project that requires the lowest possible latencies. This project will most likely require dedicated servers. In this scenario, if your organization relies completely on the public cloud, you’ll need to quickly do one of two things.
First, there’s the option to invest in the necessary hardware and install it in house somewhere. This will require a substantial investment, not only in hardware, but the manpower to engineer the solution and then monitor and maintain it.
The next thing you can do is partner with a ITaaS provider (typically a nearby data center). This will give you the same control over how your network is built and customized without the large initial investment in manpower.
Let’s say, as another example, your organization is interested in opening a new location. Public cloud services are great for quick scalability, but they often fall short when it comes to ability to customize to fit your specific needs. Having control of your infrastructure is something many organizations desire, but don’t have the resources to put behind building their own in house. This is especially true when just starting out or opening a new facility. Partnering with an ITaaS provider will afford your company with a nice mix of scalability and control - all with a minimal upfront investment.
When you partner with an ITaaS provider, you’ll also benefit from expert IT support and continuous monitoring of services. Regular software upgrades and patches will be completed by your provider, as well as regular hardware upgrades - leaving your organization to focus on actually running the business.
Of course, as is the case in any major decision with your business, the right course of action is going to be specific to the needs of your organization. Migrating an existing IT model to ITaaS takes a substantial amount of research and consideration. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll be happy to send you the very latest information regarding all things IT.