What type of IaaS deployment should your business consider?
For CIOs deliberating on an IaaS deployment, there are a few core criteria that should be considered when looking at making the move, including; the type of IaaS provider (i.e. global or local); the available network and infrastructure the solution is built upon; security; flexibility of the provider and the ability to grow with your organisation; the level of control you will have; collaboration between the IaaS provider and telco partners.
In short, to make the most of this opportunity, look for a service provider that meets your infrastructure needs, as all service providers not all are created equal. Research by Forrester has carved the IaaS provider market into three distinct segments:
- Cloud-first providers
- Independent managed service providers (MSPs) that have evolved out of the traditional hosting space to deliver their own IaaS capabilities
- Cloud platform-based solutions, which include MSPs and other providers that base their offerings on a third-party vendor's cloud platform.
Cloud-first providers were the clear early leaders in this market, based on a combination of IaaS capabilities, ease of access, and transparency. Telco based IaaS providers also have the added advantage of owning and operating the infrastructure networks, ensuring the quality of communications services. They can also offer additional benefits and reduced risks for IaaS adoption. For example, many medium sized and enterprise businesses already work with telcos, having established relationships for voice and other networking services.
If improved redundancy and security is top of your list, then carrier-grade networks will be the way forward for your business. Telcos have smartly coupled IaaS with their own networks in Asia and their clear advantage is that they can offer all levels of IaaS, from entry-level through to higher-end offerings, back up with well-defined nodes, in country data centres, and network redundancy and security. Telcos also understand local regulations and can help enterprises navigate complex compliance and risk regulations on multiple levels.
Over the next few years, it is likely that your organisation will be managing multiple cloud stacks across various departments and ultimately pursue a mandate to integrate across cloud providers. In many cases, they will look to their established relationships for help with this "sourcing" challenge.
Now's the time to move beyond a reactive response to business demand when considering IaaS usage scenarios. Instead, 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.
As a senior decision-maker your role is to be responsive to business requirements and although cost savings have been the primary driver of IaaS adoption, we expect to see innovation in IT to push ahead as the main motivator for deploying IaaS over the coming years. Selecting a telco partner for IaaS is one way to help deliver these opportunities.
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