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IT managers often face mandates to keep technology costs in check while also responding quickly to changing business demands. Faced with this apparent paradox, they often look to public cloud providers for solutions. However, the public cloud is not suitable for every application and workload. Organizations still need dedicated IT platforms that give them more control.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions satisfy those requirements in a cloud-like financial model. IaaS offers businesses many operational, financial, and strategic advantages, including the ability to preserve capital, simplify IT management, and introduce new applications and services quickly.
IaaS is a complete IT environment including server, storage, networking, and other foundational computing resources. It allows organizations to outsource their IT infrastructure and tap the resources they need for a predictable monthly fee. In a fully managed solution, ongoing maintenance, management, and support costs are built-in, enabling the customer to shift much of the total cost of ownership (TCO) to the IaaS provider.
Flexibility and Scalability
Traditionally, IT spending was heavily weighted with fixed costs. Almost two-thirds of the average IT budget was tied up in fixed assets, at least in the short run. Organizations were burdened with large amounts of depreciation, making the business less responsive.
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