2. Technology platforms
Not all applications are equal, and one-size-fits-all compute and storage templates may not meet special business needs.
Organisations must audit their existing and future needs, as well as any unique requirements, before deciding on a technology platform.
3. Performance, availability and scalability
Network connectivity is critical so, wherever the organisation’s systems are located, they must offer excellent performance to distributed users, and be highly available and scalable as data flows grow.
Some services lend themselves readily to the concept of on-demand IaaS. There can be a significant benefits in creating dedicated development and testing environments on rented infrastructure, which let organisations scale rapidly up and down as the business requires.
This approach means businesses only pay for what they need, when they need it. However, there is often a cost-premium for such flexibility, so this must be accounted for in the business case and overall planning.
For internal IT operations to remain relevant and support their businesses in the era of cloud, Bernardino believes infrastructure delivery must be aligned with the evolving business needs of users.
Consequently, organisations should consider whether they should manage the entire IT environment themselves or if it would be better to outsource that management.
“Going for a Managed IaaS solution is a way to drive maximum benefits back to the business,” he adds.
“It delivers gains through good operational hygiene, more effective proactivity with more accurate demand planning and dynamic capacity management.
“It offers the expected increases in flexibility and scalability and it improves speed to market as businesses have the ability to immediately request and have a service uplift in place.”