IT leaders often struggle to find the right mix to remain in control of managing IT capacity and costs based on current business needs – IT as a Service (ITaaS) gives organizations the power of choice to pay for only the IT services they use while decreasing time to market.
Every organization’s requirements vary based on industry, workload and applications; however, IT managers consistently find it easiest for IT to operate like a public cloud. IT as a Service combines the flexibility of pay-as-you-go financing with simplified operations and an unparalleled ability to scale. Because of these benefits, adopting an ITaaS strategy is a great solution, but not every company is ready to move all their apps and data to the public cloud. While the flexibility of a cloud environment has many benefits, some still need an on-premises solution due to regulatory or other requirements.
A hybrid cloud model can help improve operational efficiencies to keep up with the demands for digital transformation, but many IT departments are commonly faced with the challenges of reducing budgets, finding ways to keep up with the latest technologies, keeping pace with storage requirements to support growth, and increasing time to value—all while optimizing existing IT staff and processes.
An ITaaS strategy can bring the benefits of a cloud-like experience to anyone, adding control and simplified operations to help address the challenges of managing IT capacity and costs. But how do you deliver the flexibility of a cloud environment while maintaining the control and security of an on-premises data center?
Here are four ways you can achieve operational efficiency, maintain security and reduce costs:
- Define the right mix of workloads to remain on-premises based on your current business needs. Detailed workload profiling is required to make sound, cost-effective platform decisions. The reward is a well-managed, proactive approach to scalability, managed capacity, agility, spending, and cost control. Through this, IT can provide more resources towards innovation and meeting business needs.
- Put in place scalability-on-demand processes as part of an Everything as a Service (XaaS) hybrid cloud model. Adopting an on-premises consumption business model begins with discovery and mapping, followed by portfolio planning, on- and off-premises platform migration mapping, and then ensuring that the right capacity is in place to meet on-demand requests.
- Align IT expenses to revenue streams to address the challenge of matching project spend and return. A traditional data center is an expensive cost center to the business, as it requires large, periodic capital expenditures to deliver new IT resources. ITaaS is attractive because the usage-based consumption model provides flexibility and scalability with options to scale up or down as your business needs change. This reduces capital expenditures that can be turned into operational spending or cost avoidance, such as when unexpected business events occur.
- Assess your operating model to improve productivity so you can keep your mission-critical applications and infrastructure running while deploying transformational technologies such as hybrid cloud. Managing diverse technologies is difficult, requiring different tools and skills that may not be available in-house. The adoption of managed services as a larger approach to ITaaS helps alleviate the burden on existing IT staff, allowing you to free up resources and gain more control of IT provisioning for your business.
Bringing the cloud to you while optimizing costs
IT as a Service combines the simplicity, agility and economics of off-premises public cloud with the security, control, support and performance of an on-premises solution. This model reduces the risk the business faces when committing to new projects because without the need for the major capital investments there is less sunk cost to worry about. If the project succeeds, revenue and expenses grow together. If it fails, there is little risk—just capacity returned to the pool to support other projects. This style of consumption-based pricing combined with the security of an on-premises deployment provides the flexibility of public cloud with the reassurance of data control.
Sirius technical experts can help you build faster and more-effective delivery platforms to jump-start growth, speed time to market, and foster innovation from cutting-edge technologies. If you are seeking to adopt an ITaaS model for your infrastructure, contact us so that our team can help you design, implement and execute a plan to meet your unique needs. We can also help you drive digital transformation, allowing you to be more agile by managing your workloads on-premises or in a hybrid cloud environment.