How businesses are getting to multi-cloud faster, smarter and cheaper
Implementing a multi-cloud strategy requires understanding the different types of cloud service models and how to mix and match them to best meet your business’s unique goals. Organizational consultant Simon Sinek would likely say IT leaders must "start with the why": to select the right model and apply the right strategy, you must first understand the driving force behind your decision to move to the cloud. And for every company, the “why” will be different.
For some organizations digitizing paper records may be the IT solution that addresses the higher business need of meeting compliance standards. Deploying a backup and storage system on top of an IaaS architecture might then be the right approach. This same organization likely has several business objectives that each warrant their own IT solution—some on-premises, some in the cloud and some a blend of both.
Much like you might rely on a trusted financial advisor to manage your 401(k), an interior designer to visualize a renovation or a pilot to get you safely from point A to point B, your journey to the cloud doesn’t have to be a DIY challenge. Businesses have long outsourced day-to-day IT to trusted managed service providers (MSPs), and this same concept is being replicated in the cloud environment.
By leveraging managed cloud services as an alternative to relying solely on in-house IT resources, your business will benefit from easier and lower cost computing, 24/7 support and, ultimately, a measurable return on investment.
Choosing a Cloud Managed Solutions provider like Frontier® can be instrumental in helping you deploy and integrate customized virtualization services, such as:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
The most widely used service model, IaaS provides access to IT infrastructure like servers, storage and operating systems from a third-party provider with a pay-as-you-go model.
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Particularly well suited for developing and deploying software applications, PaaS provides on-demand access to a network of servers and databases.
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
One of the fastest-growing cloud solutions, SaaS provides access to software applications on a subscription basis, outsourcing software maintenance and upgrades.
- Serverless Computing
With its elasticity and on-demand scalability, serverless computing is useful for developing app functionality.
- Business Continuity as a Service (BCaaS)
BCaaS helps optimize system backups and ongoing monitoring of cloud instances. It’s often part of an integrated multi-cloud strategy, designed to facilitate business continuity by moving mission-critical backups to recovery destinations in the cloud.