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What to Consider When Designing a IaaS Solution a with Cloud Distributor

Posted by Jason Conine on Mar 11, 2016 4:21:47 PM

At the core of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is an architecture that provides seamless cloud-based service delivery, cuts unnecessary IT costs and reduces the operational friction which inhibits business agility and value. As a result, IT departments now think more strategically about how to use infrastructure and hybrid cloud solutions to benefit their businesses.

 

According to CenturyLink’s 2014 Global IT trends report, “within five years, companies will have outsourced approximately 70 percent of their infrastructures.”Since many IT departments already virtualize their onsite data centers, or have a private cloud setup, the conversation about utilizing an IaaS or hybrid cloud computing model has become a little more comfortable. Once companies became familiar with the benefits of virtualizing physical infrastructures and data centers, it sparked an interest in outsourcing IT entirely, leading to rapid cloud service adoption and growth.

 

Instead of being a one-size-fits-all solution for IT departments, these cloud solutions require a thorough understanding of business operations and needs. Cloud distributors offer numerous IaaS and hybrid cloud services, so it’s essential to consider the following when designing a solution that satisfies all IT requirements for clients:

 

Know The Benefits and Common Uses of IaaS from a Cloud Distributor

IaaS and hybrid cloud solutions offer the elasticity, security and agility that IT departments require, with a growing set of platform and application services available on the market. From Microsoft Azure to IBM SoftLayer, every client can find an IaaS solution that addresses their largest IT pain point, whether it’s storage, security, application development and deployment, management, networking, etc. To determine what services would benefit your clients the most, consider the common uses of IaaS and hybrid cloud solutions:

 

Development and Testing

Dev-test is a low-risk first step to cloud. By using a cloud for development and testing

workloads, clients will free up valuable on-premise capacity by running a pre-production

environment in the cloud. Then, at their convenience, they can choose to deploy their

application in a cloud-based or on-premise datacenter.

 

Packaging and Extending Existing Applications

When a client has reached their next application upgrade cycle of an existing virtualized

desktop or application. Now, they will have the option to host or extend the applications

in the cloud rather than on-premise.

 

Backup, Storage and Disaster Recovery

Every business needs to protect their critical information and minimize downtime in the

event of outages, failures, disasters or other disruptions. Clients look to the cloud to

extend their existing data center for backup, storage, and will strive to achieve active

replication between physical locations in case of a disaster.

 

Modernizing Enterprise Applications

Clients may look to the cloud to design, build and host their new business-critical application or virtual desktops. It’s much easier to modernize an application if the infrastructure is already taking care of the workload performance and reliability.

 

Next Generation Applications

These type of applications typically have to “talk” with existing applications in order to

work. In this instance, consistency and performance is critical because the application

will need to perform the same way every time, all the time. Relying on the cloud means that clients won’t have to write new code for their applications due to limitations of a chosen infrastructure.

 

Understand Current IT Operations and What is Lacking

In terms of IT operations concerns, some clients will strive for a common management platform to monitor and manage security, consistency and governance across data centers; clients that are focused on development, however, may just be looking for on-demand self-service infrastructure with readily available application development tools and services.

 

Here are some technical questions for clients that will help determine what services should be prioritized when designing an IaaS or hybrid cloud solution:

 

  • Do workload or application interdependencies exist?
  • Does the workload or application require specific compute resources?
  • What type of storage does the application require?
  • How do we connect to the workloads once running in the cloud?
  • How do we protect everything from disaster, theft and cyber attacks?
  • How do we administer, manage and monitor the cloud infrastructure?
  • Does the cloud distributor offer an acceptable service level agreement?
  • Is there ongoing, 24/7 support?

 

Your client’s answers will keep the dialogue going about outsourcing more IT needs to the cloud, and give better insight into the scope of the project. With a proactive approach, it becomes easier to address potential barriers and challenges before they become a problem, and ensures a seamless migration to IaaS cloud services.

 

Next Steps:

Tech Data has a team of technical experts and professional service offerings to guide you through these challenges. We ensure that you have the tools you need to strategize, assess, design, deploy and optimize the perfect IaaS and hybrid solutions for your clients. Contact Tech Data today to learn more about our best-in-class infrastructure services, education and cloud marketplace tools.

 1.Global IT Leaders Embrace  “Hybrid” Outsourced IT to Accelerate Growth, 2014

 

About The Author

Jason Conine leads the technical services organization for Tech Data Cloud. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Systems and a Master’s in Business Administration. Over the last 15 years Jason has earned numerous professional certifications and awards for his efforts in partner enablement, technical services, and solutions architecture. Jason is highly technical with a keen ability to leverage a consultative multi-vendor technical sales approach to ensure the very best in solutions design

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