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Embracing IaaS

Martin Bishop | July 22, 2014
Consider easy access to IaaS capabilities as a means to enable increased innovation, experimentation, and even the ability to "fail fast" and move on with minimal pain, reduced disruption, or risk to either business processes or IT operations.

Day in, day out, there are the same, common place, core challenges faced by CIOs in businesses all across the world. There is the need to consistently deploy applications, deliver business processes and deploy offshore solutions across multiple geographic locations. This also needs to be balanced with providing an exceptional end-user experience across the organization on a world-class, high-performance, low latency global network. No easy task!

When you factor in that CIOs have to do all of this and keep IT costs at a minimum, while continuing to use IT to innovate business practices, it could be suggested that they face an unenviable task.

Enter Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

Many CIOs have recognised the benefits that IaaS can bring. A recent Forrester survey showed that 43% of IT organizations in the region have listed IaaS as a high or critical technology priority, up from 33% in 2011. While some concerns remain about deploying IaaS, demand is expected to continue over the next 12 to 18 months as the availability of flexible in-region options increase.

The survey in the latest State of the Asian CXO Report realizes the cloud as a dependable means for delivering IT services, minimizing the cost structure often associated with on-premise deployments. 32.8% of those surveyed in the report said that hosted (cloud-based) solutions were now common across their organization and a further 26.8% said they would be adopting hosted solutions as some parts of their organization had already gone down this path.

Naturally however, there are concerns regarding perceived risks of using IaaS when considering moving across your company assets to a supplier. These include government policy, data residency and privacy issues, through to data availability, latency and performance. While all are natural causes for concern, it is these very issues that organisations should instead use to evaluate various approaches and vendors' IaaS offerings.

The benefits of Iaas — why you should consider it

While concerns about moving your company data and applications are understandable, there are many benefits to be had from doing so. Here are just three of the big ones:

  • Facilitate increased innovation: As Asia Pacific moves from a manufacturing innovation hub, we'll see a shift in perspective on IaaS use. IaaS is a cost effective, easy to access cloud-based compute resource that allows businesses greater flexibility to trial and test business functions and ideas. It allows companies to avoid the traditional risks associated with innovation, leading to growth.
  • Help reduce your costs: Crucially, the major benefit of IaaS is in its ability to reduce infrastructure costs, changing the cost structure from CAPEX to OPEX. Not only is the IaaS service solution attractive from a cost structure and reduction perspective, but the increase in data centre investments across the Asia Pacific will fuel availability and demand for IaaS over the coming years. Doing this will see businesses move from unstructured and opportunistic IaaS usage to focus on more strategic initiatives.
  • Assist the reduction of the IT burden: With IaaS, businesses can quickly configure and provision applications or infrastructure and use advanced tools for service monitoring and management. This reduces the burden of infrastructure and application administration, and IT staff can focus more on differentiating the company strategically.


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