June 22, 2018

Top 3 Cloud Infrastructure Options for Your Customers

Enterprises around the country are rapidly moving their data center infrastructures to the cloud. Do you want to know why? Because managing traditional data centers is a lot of work!

IT managers have found that hiring qualified employees, purchasing the proper software and hardware, and then maintaining it all can be a nightmare – not to mention a costly capital expenditure. It’s time to give them some good news.

When you transition your customers to a cloud infrastructure, they have the luxury of no longer having to manage their data center themselves. They don’t have to worry about licenses, fees, software/firmware updates, or the resources needed to maintain it, etc. And, in most cases, security, virus protection, backups, and configuration changes can be included as easy add-ons, too!

Your customers also have a choice. There is no one-size fits all scenario. Each cloud infrastructure option can be customized to their needs. 

Three Main Cloud Infrastructure Options

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service ‒ An IaaS provider satisfies its customers’ needs for computing resources by supplying servers (both physical and virtual), block level storage, networking components and other hardware like firewalls and load balancers. All of these resources across the data center are pooled to provide on-demand access. IaaS can save companies money because they do not have to invest in expensive equipment and only have to pay for what they use. IaaS is the foundation of public, private, and hybrid clouds, as well as cloud hosting, backup and storage services. Some of the leading IaaS providers include Amazon, Microsoft, Google, VMware, and IBM SoftLayer.
  • Platform-as-a-Service ‒ PaaS provides the needed resources to develop, test, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an application. This generally includes the networks, servers, storage, OS, middleware (i.e., java, .net runtime, etc.) database and other services to host the consumer’s application. The major advantage of PaaS is that it removes the complexity of creating and managing the infrastructure and required components, allowing the developers to focus on the development of the application. Examples of PaaS offers are Microsoft Azure Mobile Services, IBM Bluemix, and Google App Engine.
  • Software-as-a-Service ‒ SaaS is the most specific, purpose-built of the models. A SaaS provider hosts the required infrastructure (compute, network, storage, etc.), as well as the supporting software (OS, middleware, application etc.) needed to provide a particular application. Users access the software over the Internet or private connections and typically pay for it with a subscription fee. Subscriptions place the licensing requirements on the service provider’s shoulders and eliminate the need for the user to own licenses. SaaS delivers many advantages but the biggest of those are simplicity and focused support. Some of the largest and most recognized SaaS offers are those like Salesforce, Workday, Netsuite, Servicenow, and Concur Technologies.

Are You a Cloud Service Provider?

As you can see, offering your customers a cloud-based infrastructure can remove their burdens, so they can focus on growing their business.

If you are not yet a Cloud Service Provider, now is the time to jump in. The growth in this area is staggering. Garter projects that “the market is expected to be worth USD 209.66 billion by 2022.”

Learn more about becoming an Arrow CSP Partner here.

For other questions, contact the Arrow Cloud team at ecscloud@arrow.com.