There is no shortage of hosts as-a-service infrastructure (IaaS) and finding the perfect partner can be difficult. To make your search easier, specify the specific criteria you need to check with an IaaS provider. These recommendations apply equally to public IaaS clouds and private IaaS clouds.
The very first step before starting an IaaS offer is to decide if it is really a good idea to consume resources when requested. Staying with the purchase of IT infrastructure will allow your team to protect sensitive information and meet regulatory requirements with full control over the hardware. The purchase also corresponds to the cost model that the finance department is accustomed to. In some companies, owning an infrastructure is a necessity. You manage the total cost of ownership and have the ability to customize any solution.
On the other hand, initial costs and the need to plan for future resources can be major barriers. Incidentally, maintaining your own infrastructure can evolve quickly and requires more effort than expected.
Pay-as-you-go subscriptions to IaaS provide more flexibility to scale resources up or down as needed. The IaaS model reduces the risk of paying a high price for hardware that will become obsolete before being amortized. More importantly, IaaS instantly frees up internal resources by placing the burden of maintenance and daily updates on your host. And then your IT teams can determine who has the optimal combination of on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure.
Choosing IaaS has many advantages in itself, but only if the partner you work with is an expert. To find out, here are seven criteria by which your IaaS solution provider should give you a satisfactory answer.
Criterion 1: customizable solutions, portable data
Does your vendor specialize in a single solution, or can they recommend an approach that includes private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud to meet all of your needs? Make sure your potential partner can customize their solutions to deliver data in the format your applications and processes expect. Also learn about the costs of accessing your data and the possibility of controlling these costs.
Criterion 2: A well -defined process for infrastructure migration
Make sure your IaaS provider has a seamless migration process. Vendors are accustomed to explaining their process, so be sure to ask for it in your discussion. These details are important to know in advance how you should prepare your data, and what problems you need to solve.
Criterion 3: detailed support levels in service level agreements (SLAs)
Cloud providers base their reputation on their ability to maintain business continuity. They often improve their support to stay competitive. An ideal IaaS provider should describe in its SLAs 24/7/365 support with an on-call service provided by qualified experts.
Criterion 4: maximum security, compliance with regulatory requirements
The ever -increasing pressure of cybersecurity threats means that security should be the priority of your IaaS provider. Provide as much detail as possible about your data protection needs. Any IaaS provider should be able to provide feedback on how their technology defends against cyberattacks. If you have compliance or industry requirements, make sure the vendor can also demonstrate expertise in that area.
Criterion 5: true data center expertise, the ability to provide advice
The growing importance of the cloud means that any IaaS provider you choose should be able to advise you on both cloud solutions and on -premises infrastructure. The goal is to be able to implement a hybrid model, with on-premises infrastructure that offers an attractive return on investment and really contributes to business continuity.
Criterion 6: known technologies, tests before doing
Although the differences between the offers may not be obvious at first glance, it’s important to make sure your supplier relies on reliable technology development blocks, whether it’s software like VMware, Nutanix or Kubernetes, such as brands of servers, storage bays. , network equipment. Also, ask to be able to perform a mock-up before starting production. If an IaaS private cloud provider is unable to provide a Proof of Concept (POC) environment, they may not be able to provide the support you will need at some point. or others.
Criterion 7: an impartial approach
It is important to work with a supplier who has no financial interest in particular brands of infrastructure. Impartial consultants are more likely than others to recommend the most strategic options for your needs. Ask questions like “Which companies do you have a partnership with?” and “Can you recommend competing solutions?” “. If you suspect that your interlocutor will definitely promote a particular solution, run away.
About the Author:
Hannah Coney led ComportSecure’s range of cloud-based solutions. His expertise in BaaS, DRaaS, IaaS and managed IT services helps clients migrate to the cloud and optimize IT environments.