Cloud computing has changed how people approach the storage and transfer of information. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has emerged as the logical next step in the evolution of information storage and transfer. When an enterprise or small business rents or leases their servers this is called using an IaaS. The business is now allowing other people to store things in the cloud. Users can run whatever operating system or application they want on the rented servers. Two major benefits for users is usually that they do not have the operating costs or maintenance costs that would come from owning their own servers. Where IaaS really comes into its own is in its scalability and flexibility of location. Users can store information in areas that are geographically close to their customer base. It should be easy for users to scale up or scale down their servers based on demand. Gone are the days when an enterprise would need to manually/physically manage their servers.

What Benefits Do Enterprises Receive from IaaS?

Increased efficiency is the first benefit IaaS brings to the table. An enterprise can create and test new applications using an IaaS without dedicating funds to purchasing an expensive infrastructure. Other benefits of IaaS include continuity and disaster recovery. If there is a disaster that takes out service in one location, since everything is stored in the cloud, applications and data can be accessed from other servers without interrupting service or the flow of information. IaaS makes it possible for you to quickly scale up or scale down with resources based on the demand using cloud computing. It allows an enterprise to focus all of their attention on their primary activity instead of splitting resources and manpower between infrastructure and computing resources.

What Are Managed Service Providers?

Managed service providers remotely manage an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. This is usually done under a subscription model. Some MSPs offer the entire gamut of services, while others focus on particular segments of IT, such as data storage, vertical markets, financial services, healthcare manufacturing, and more. There are several pricing models for MSPs. Most of them revolve around a customer paying a flat fee followed by a regularly scheduled subscription payment. Some worry about the security risk of shifting their information technology services from in-house to an MSP. They may worry that MSPs, as an outsource provider, lack incentives for maintaining the quality of their systems and protecting their customer’s sensitive user data. However, while the risk exists when shifting control from an internal system to an outsourced group, there is ample evidence suggesting that outsourcing some IT operations can deter cyber threats and improve the overall level of expertise of an enterprise. Another benefit is that although MSPs may have a higher upfront charge, over the long haul, using MSPs can reduce maintenance charges by up to 40 percent. This is an enormous saving that companies can reinvest in other aspects of their business. MSPs may allow your enterprise to refine your IT operations. You are able to quickly identify the parts of your IT operation that are causing the biggest drain, be it financially or human resources, and then optimize your IT operations to meet your needs.

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Your IT infrastructure may impact your ability to innovate, communicate, and deliver a product that your customers will be happy with. An in-house IT department or an in-house data center can be a major drain on your company’s human resources and financial resources. Our team of financial coal advisers here at Fusion CPA provides managed service for IaaS. You can learn more about our services by clicking the button below to schedule a complimentary discovery call today!


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