The uncertain future of cloud computing seems to have stabilized among IT leaders with the acceptance of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). IaaS is here to stay in many organizations, especially smaller firms and startups, and will be the dominant form of corporate IT infrastructure in the coming years. With the breaking of Moore’s Law (at least for the foreseeable future and with regard to silicon-based computing), IaaS may provide everyday computing cost benefits thanks to the efficiencies large scale dedicated vendors can provide.
But many organizations, most notably the larger and more conservative companies, are still on the fence about moving their infrastructure to an IaaS model. IaaS can be deployed in different models including on-premise and off-premise, managed by a third party or managed internally, using private or public cloud environments.
Which model(s) should an organization adopt? How do firms know if moving their hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components to a third-party provider is right for them? Should they consider IaaS only for temporary or experimental workloads? Also worth considering and planning for are the technical/security risks, scalability, and the legal/contract issues that are critical to a successful IaaS platform deployment.
An upcoming issue of Cutter IT Journal with Guest Editor Vince Kellen seeks insight on the issues organizations should consider before or while contracting with an IaaS provider.
Possible discussion points include those mentioned above, as well as, but not limited, to the following:
- What are the business benefits/risks of moving to an IaaS model?
- What IaaS model should a company adopt? On-premise or off-premise? Public or private? Managed internally or externally? Using a single provider or multiple?
- How do you go about choosing an IaaS provider?
- How is the value chain for IaaS forming? How are providers reselling IaaS? What are network companies offering that can integrate distributed cloud environments for companies?
- What technical/security risks should be considered before going to an IaaS platform?
- How do providers differ in the security controls they offer?
- What controls and procedures should be put into place to ensure a successful deployment?
- How does IT need to adjust its vendor management practices to utilize cloud well?
- What legal, contract and billing issues should be considered before moving to an IaaS provider?
- How does IaaS improve infrastructure resiliency, scalability, agility and speed of provisioning?
- Can a pay-as-you-go model completely eliminate the expense of deploying in-house hardware and software?
- What are some novel examples of IaaS in use today?
- Are IaaS solutions really as scalable as they purport to be?
- What new organizational models will IT and business units need to manage an IaaS environment?
TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE IDEA: DEADLINE AUGUST 12, 2015
Please send an email to Christine Generali and Guest Editor Vince Kellen and include an extended abstract, a short article outline showing major discussion points, and a brief bio of the author(s).
ARTICLE DEADLINE: September 18, 2015