The Cloud is Growing and Infrastructure as a Services is Leading

Recently an article in CIO stated that Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is set to outpace the rest of the cloud market in 2018. It also showed that cloud adoption grew significantly in 2017. The article states that Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) grew by 47 percent while Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) grew by 31 percent. More and more organizations are moving to the cloud.

First let’s briefly explain what IaaS is before we comment on this trend. Infrastructure-as-a-Service is a cloud option that removes the responsibility of building and maintaining IT infrastructure from the end user. In essence, traditionally you as a business may have a server room, floor, or building. With IaaS you no longer have that. All the infrastructure equipment is no longer necessary. Your cloud provider builds and maintains the hardware infrastructure. You still manage your applications and data, but the hardware infrastructure is the responsibility of your provider.

Now that we explained IaaS, you can clearly see why it is trending. Rather than have exploding IT budgets around the hardware, you can cut that cost with a IaaS cloud provider. Instead of paying the cost upfront for hardware, you pay a monthly or annual fee. The best part is that you only pay for what you need. Also when the hardware needs to be upgraded, its the responsibility of the provider.

If your looking for an IaaS provider, you should look into Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Citrix to name a few. They are the top providers, but there are many of these providers around, and it all depends on budget and trust.

Let’s keep an eye on cloud adoption as we go on in 2018. Is this the year the cloud takes over the world?

To read the article in CIO Click Here