Two years ago we helped a client migrating their on-premise servers to a central data center. This client has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK and had located its servers, as much as possible, in Amsterdam. These servers are theirs, but now are close to the end of their lifespan. That brought our customer to the question: re-invest or outsource?
However, you do not take this decision overnight. If you choose to outsource IT, you choose IT as a service. But what does that mean exactly?
IT as a service is flexible
If you as a company choose IT as a service, you choose for predictable costs and pay according to the consumption. This is especially interesting for companies that are subject to change and grow over time, or shrink. Buying server capacity is difficult; how much should I buy?
IT as a service is flexible: you “rent” capacity and if you want more or less, you call your vendor that adapts it to your needs. You do not pay for servers that are not used and, you do not bring your business continuity at risk because your servers are full and it takes time to purchase a new one.
Feel just “as a service”
IT ‘as a service’ has the advantage that you only provision what you need. So you can choose, for example, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DAAS). We’ve created a handy overview of the possibilities:
DaaS (Desktop as a Service)
We supply everything IT related. From arranging licenses
to the computers filled with applications for you. You forget about IT relates stuff.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
We provide the infrastructure, you take care of the servers and the maintenance.
SaaS (Software as a Service)
We do not provide this service ourmselves, but facilitate it through our PaaS partners.
PaaS (Platform as a Service)
We offer a platform to our partners so they can offer Software as
DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)
We handle the recovery of your servers when something unexpected happened.
IT as a service is just like water from the tap: you call your provider and indicate how much you need. You pay a fixed amount per month.