The benefits of deploying Infrastructure as a Service are wide-reaching and have broad appeal across a variety of industries. First and foremost, an IaaS platform can help drastically reduce the capital expense and ongoing costs of maintaining storage servers, data centers, applications, and other physical infrastructure pieces associated with traditional IT setups. This benefit, in particular, offers a great value to start-ups, small businesses, and those businesses looking to test new ideas or expand storage capacity.
IaaS can also help improve business continuity and disaster recovery. In the modern era, consumers are online around the globe 24/7/365. This means that at any point in time there is a customer that could be trying to purchase a product or arrange an appointment. IaaS ensures that companies are available at all times and in the event of disaster recovery, data and software applications are back up and running faster after power outages or natural disasters.
Among the other benefits of IaaS is the ability to innovate rapidly. When a new product or initiative is ready to launch, the IaaS market can respond much faster than a traditional IT infrastructure by providing increased capacity, data storage, and access to more virtual machines in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks. On a similar note, Infrastructure as a Service is also scalable and allows businesses to respond faster to changing business conditions with greater storage and capacity. For example, retail companies can use cloud IaaS to boost capacity and respond to increased demand for software and applications during the holiday sales period. Those resources can then be scaled back down quickly once the high-activity period has passed, saving money in the long term compared to maintaining additional infrastructure, capacity, and applications through down periods.
Other examples of the benefits of IaaS include the ability to stay focused on core business operations. Almost every company has a digital presence in the 21st century, but that doesn’t mean every business needs the IT infrastructure on site to stay online and still pursue the goals of their individual business. Using IaaS, companies can free up employees and resources to focus on supporting core operations rather than worrying about IT infrastructure, data security, software updates, and other computing platforms.
IaaS removes the need to maintain and upgrade software. It removes the need for employees focusing on infrastructure hardware, ensuring networks are secure, and troubleshooting issues with physical infrastructure equipment. IaaS solutions can also deliver better security in some situations. For example, private clouds such as CompleteCloud can offer security for applications and data to small businesses that might otherwise only have been affordable for enterprise businesses.
Finally, companies can take advantage of IaaS architecture to get new applications out to users faster. Cloud infrastructure services mean there is no need to set up the infrastructure first before rolling out new applications, so brands can get them to users faster through IaaS.