As your organisation grows, so too does the need for expensive, complex IT infrastructure. Rather than purchasing your own hardware, storage, servers and a team to maintain them, consider embracing the cloud computing model, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
When you use IaaS, you’re paying a cloud service provider to use their equipment and manpower, allowing you to shift your organisations focus away from IT and towards what you do best.
Infrastructure as a Service reduces the risk and overhead associated with purchasing, managing and maintaining costly server hardware. We’re excited to offer discounted pricing for not-for-profits through our partnership with Connecting Up.
IaaS helps organisations shift their resources away from IT, and back into building the organisation. It provides instant scalability, allowing organisations to meet changing demands without unnecessary costs, and gives companies enterprise-level security for a fraction of the cost.
1. Greater Productivity
If you’re feeling out of your depth when it comes to managing your IT infrastructure, transfer the responsibility to those more experienced and equipped to handle it. Your systems will perform better, and you’ll also free up operational resources to spend on more productive initiatives.
One of the biggest roadblocks to productivity is a poorly functioning IT system. When R & G helped Xavier Children’s Support Network migrate their systems to the cloud, the not-for-profit experienced fewer IT problems. “We have been very impressed at the outcome of all projects, and have seen productivity increase and IT headaches drop dramatically,” said Lynn Card, CEO of Xavier Children’s Support Network.
Using IaaS ensures your IT department won’t be bogged down maintaining the existing systems. They’ll be able to develop more innovative solutions and applications, removing inefficiencies and improving your workforce’s daily output.
For example, Virgin Management used IaaS to obtain the necessary infrastructure to support a flexible, mobile workforce. Doing so enabled it to focus more on strategy and business, rather than worrying about day-to-day IT operations.
Instead of wasting valuable resources on IT infrastructure, use IaaS to channel those resources towards your core business model.
Your organisation needs are always changing. IaaS gives you the flexibility to cope with fluctuating demands, reducing unnecessary costs and ensuring you don’t miss out on unexpected opportunities.
On-premise infrastructure requires an up-front investment with fixed costs, regardless of usage. Using the IaaS model, you only pay for the data transfer, storage, processing power and RAM you need. You’re able to instantly dial resources up or down by upgrading or downgrading the service package.
Instant scalability means you’re equipped to handle new opportunities, scaling up at a moment’s notice.
“A team of my developers may tomorrow tell me that we need ten machines for something with cloud servers you can literally just rent. We can do that immediately. There is no procurement process or lead-time. Just turn them on, and they are ready to go” - Cofounder and CTO of Sprout Social, Aaron Rankin.
Agile systems mean fewer delays, better service and higher productivity. IaaS allows you to optimise your resources, with minimal preparation and expenditure.
3. Increased Data Security
Since your data is the backbone of your organisation, you can’t afford to neglect data security. IaaS gives you a physically secure IT environment, with enterprise-level data protection technologies at an affordable cost.
One of the biggest barriers to cloud migration for C-level executives is their belief data isn’t secure in the cloud, yet IaaS means your organisation can take advantage of world-class data protection solutions, and stay up-to-date with encryption technologies and more with minimal effort.
Additionally, 70% of executives are concerned where their data is kept. This is due to data ownership issues, and organisations carrying sensitive information with strict compliance requirements.
Most reputable cloud service providers have secure data centres with multiple security measures, which most businesses don’t have the resources to purchase or manage independently. Therefore, when selecting an IaaS offering, determine where your data is going to be stored, and what regulations the cloud service providers must abide by before moving forward.
For example, R & G Technologies and Connecting Up’s IaaS offering houses all data in secure modern data centres in Brisbane, Australia. This ensures the service meets the rigorous standards required by the not-for-profit sector and the Australian Government Information Management Office.
Selecting the right IaaS vendor can enhance your organisation’s data security, protecting your organisation’s lifeblood and ensuring a promising future.
The Benefits of IaaS
Handing the keys to the kingdom over to another party is daunting, yet IaaS can dramatically ease the financial and operational burden of IT. Using IaaS leads to increased productivity, due to the freeing up of resources, and an enhanced ability to scale IT infrastructure up or down rapidly. Additionally, IaaS can improve data security, protecting your organisation’s core. The benefits of IaaS will be seen in all areas of your organisation, improving performance and productivity across the board.