IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service – checklist


First – some simple definitions:

SaaS – applications running in the cloud, e.g. SFDC, Office365, Google Apps. Storage resource, such as Box, DropBox, iCloud

PaaS – computing resource where provider manages server hardware & networking. Users can develop & deliver apps on a scalable, virtualized platform

IaaS – self-provisioned deployment of servers, storage & network. Automated full control of dedicated resources via console or API

Now to decide if this is the right time for an IT transformation strategy in your business:

  • Reduction in CapEx and OpEx
  • Move IT staff from admin to business-facing needs
  • Be more flexible & responsive
  • Faster to stand up new business tools
  • More able to handle activity peaks on critical processes
  • Repurpose server/storage/network on demand
  • Reduce power consumption
  • Decrease need for cooling

Replace your existing diverse server/storage/network solution that is expensive to manage, maintain and upgrade with a fully definable infrastructure on-demand that provides:

  • Clearly-defined costs
  • Current technology
  • Reduced space, power, cooling required
  • Reduced need for dedicated IT admin
  • Full control over resource – no “noisy neighbours”
  • Dedicated hardware
  • Availability on-demand to handle peak requirements easily
  • Easily definable resource for PaaS, SaaS
  • Automated deployment, resilience, scalability & backup
  • Close control over capacity planning & operation
  • All controlled via dashboard and API, easing automation

The extra issue for your enterprise may relate to personal data privacy and potential veto of 3rd-party cloud storage. If so, make IaaS work for you in your datacenter with solutions from:

Cisco, EMC, Oracle, Nutanix, NetApp, HP, SimpliVity, etc.

For more information, here is a link to the 2015 Gartner MQ for Integrated Systems report:


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