Having infrastructure ready as part of a disaster recovery plan is a valuable foundation (pun intended); it establishes where recovery will take place, and acts as the basis for all subsequent recovery planning. In essence, it takes some of the “unknown” of DR away, giving light to how the environment should look when the dust settles.
But what exactly is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)? And more importantly, what can it do for you in your time of need?
IaaS is on-demand online computing resources including CPU, RAM, and disk space. While there are other bells and whistles IaaS providers will tout, at its core, IaaS is really just you renting hardware that sits in the cloud.
IaaS is like renting a high-end sports car – you get to use the most powerful and reliable hardware possible without the long-term commitment and only paying for it when you use it.
Who is IaaS Best Suited for?
There are a few organizational needs that help define whether or not IaaS is best suited for your organization.
In general, IaaS is a fit for organizations needing:
- Manageability – Organizations that want complete control from A to Z should look at IaaS. Many cloud environments simply provide service level agreements around performance and availability. Cloud infrastructure is managed by internal IT, so every aspect of the environment – from IOPs, to RAM, to bandwidth, to CPU – is visible to you and under your control.
- Extensibility – Organizations needing to expand their data center footprint utilize IaaS as a means to offset operational risk and simultaneously extend their environment without taking on a massive capital expenditure.
- Flexibility – Organizations that want to dynamically use additional infrastructure can leverage IaaS to expand and contract their usage to meet the current needs of the business.
- Operational Performance – Organizations wanting to enjoy the same size and caliber dedicated data center as their larger counterparts but without the huge price tag are perfect for IaaS. Those managing TBs of data daily are also perfect fit. Some organizations look to consolidate existing data centers, while others simply need higher degrees of security, performance, and availability than they can provide on their own.
- Proactive DR – Typically DR efforts begin once the disaster hits. IaaS is perfect for organizations who would rather proactively establish and utilize cloud infrastructure for both daily operations, being prepared should a disaster impact the on-premises network.
Benefits of IaaS
There are a number of benefits to using IaaS, including:
- Dynamic – Unlike your on-premises hardware, IaaS environments can adjust resource pools and leverage burstable bandwidth to increase performance, meeting any workload requirements. From the smallest of servers needing a single virtual CPU and a few GBs of RAM, all the way up to critical workloads requiring as much as 1PB of RAM and 1000 virtual CPUs, IaaS is designed to deliver the needed performance.
- Secure – IaaS providers take security seriously, utilizing multiple layers of physical and network security to ensure your systems, applications, and data are safe. Any IaaS vendor worth their weight meet compliance initiatives such as SAS-70, SSAE-16, PCI, HIPAA, and ITAR to demonstrate their strict adherence to process, policy, and controls that ensure the highest levels of security.
- Reliable – The intent of every IaaS provider is to keep you operational. So, every part of the infrastructure has redundancy; networking, storage, compute, firewalls and more – all in an effort to maximize your uptime.
Eliminating the Confusion Around IaaS
IaaS provides organizations with the opportunity to leverage enterprise-caliber data centers without the need for a material investment in hardware, time, and personnel. From a DR standpoint, IaaS provides organizations with the ability to proactively establish their recovery stance, but by putting critical workloads in place now – rather than after a disaster – and use those implementations as part of operations.
We’ve created the “Confusion as a Service” ebook to help take some of the confusion out of selecting the right recovery-related, cloud-based services for your company. You can download your copy here.
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