When migrating to the cloud, organizations take many different approaches. Some dive right in; others dip a toe in the water. Those doing the dipping are generally just testing the waters, to see if the cloud—and which cloud provider—is right for them. There is another option, of course, but before we get to that let’s take a look at the three main services a cloud provider may perform.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
With IaaS, the infrastructure components generally present in an on-premises data center, including servers, storage and networking hardware, are handled by a provider. The IaaS provider may also offer monitoring, security, load balancing and clustering, as well as storage resiliency like backup and recovery. But there are challenges. Because IaaS providers own the infrastructure, the details of their infrastructure configuration and performance are rarely transparent to IaaS users. This lack of transparency can make systems management and monitoring more difficult. A recent Forrester study found that 73% of respondents considered their organization’s cloud self-service and transparency to be less than “sufficient,” because some or all of their cloud resources were available only through a cumbersome IT procurement process.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Rather than simply rent storage space on a server, PaaS enables organizations to run programs, operating systems, and software within a cloud. It can provide potential for productivity on the go with the help of rented virtual computers. For smaller businesses, the freedom PaaS offers can make it an attractive technology solution. There can be PaaS pitfalls, however, especially for businesses whose needs are constantly in a state of flux. If an organization has plans for growth in the future (and, of course, most do), PaaS systems that don’t scale well or offer easy options for increased space and power may pose a problem.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Also known as hosted software or on-demand software, SaaS enables businesses to utilize software without needing any physical installation or having to perform regular updates or maintenance on their own. SaaS allows businesses to avoid requirements for server space and software licensing fees; instead, subscriptions can be managed online based on number of users and project demands. SaaS offers flexibility in terms of quick deployment, as well as adaptability towards individual business needs. Some organizations choose to use multiple SaaS applications at once which can cause major headaches. Applications don't always play well with one another, leading to integration issues, and security is also often an issue. A prime example of SaaS is Office 365, which organizations gravitate toward due to brand familiarity while failing to realize it doesn’t secure their data.
Services Within Services
Within each of these services exist other services to pick and choose from. Take a look at Amazon Web Services, for example. There are dozens of services and products to choose from, including:
- 15 security, identity, and compliance options
- 12 compute options
- 8 storage options
- 7 database options
- And much more
Organizations new to the cloud or lacking a skilled IT team are bound to become confused over what they need (even those familiar with cloud and cloud services wind up very confused).
Choosing a Virtual Private Cloud
Today, many organizations are opting to engage with a Virtual Public Cloud (VPC) provider that offers a fully integrated, secured and managed cloud environment. Not only can a VPC save you money, it can also save you a lot of trouble. The aforementioned Forrester study found that 83% of businesses wanted a single one-stop, self-service hub when it comes to cloud. Choosing one VPC, and bundling services, eliminates challenges and provides each of the following benefits:
Using only one provider offers a bird-eye view into all of your organization’s cloud-based activities. You’re able to see what is working—and what’s not.
One Point of Contact
Dealing with multiple providers can be confusing. If you make an adjustment in one area, will they understand how this affects operations being handled by another provider?
A reputable VPC provider mitigates risks and offsets threats, offering each of the following:
- Computer room air conditioning (CRAC) versus traditional A/C
- Physical security features (HID card, PIN, biometric access)
- Encryption for data-at-rest and data-in-flight
- 24/7 surveillance
- Safe proximity from flood zones
- Hurricane structure rating
Bundle With DSM
DSM’s Virtual Private Cloud bundles together everything your organizations needs to succeed, all while saving you money. Speak with one of our IT experts today to learn more about the benefits of bundling with a VPC. No matter your industry—finance, healthcare, or government—DSM is here to help.