In recent years, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has gained great momentum, and it is classed as a requirement by organizations and business owners because of the ease and security that it provides. The more modern their technology becomes, the more strongly organizations and businesses of various kinds around the world are inclined to decentralize parts of their secondary production line, outsourcing them to specialists in the particular tasks. Subcontracting enables organizations to concentrate on the efficiency and speed of their core business process and to improve their in-house work processes.

 

The benefits of Infrastructure as a Service for organizations:

These are some benefits available from letting service providers handle the organization’s secondary processes (processes that aren’t part of the organization’s main focus):

  1. Accelerating in-house work processes, freeing employees to focus on the organization’s main business model (the core processes) and on attaining its goals.
  2. Enjoying certainty that the service provider is an expert in the discipline and is naturally motivated to invest in the most modern technological equipment.
  3. Saving significant amounts of money that otherwise would be spent on purchasing advanced IT infrastructures, on hiring and training IT staff, on purchasing back-office equipment, etc.

The important advantages of outsourcing secondary processes become even greater when the organization can receive Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). If an organization or business does not revolve around digital technology (unlike hi-tech companies, for example) but still requires it for the sake of working efficiently, it can employ the most advanced technology without needing to invest in equipment, updates, or professional staff. In addition, the host infrastructure can provide backup and security against the possibility of a technological disaster, and it accelerates business continuity[1] for the organizations that use it.

 

What does Infrastructure as a Service consist of?

IaaS involves an IT infrastructure designed according to the client’s needs, residing with an external provider, and consisting primarily of three parts:

  1. The data itself, presenting considerations of quantity, update speed, and manner of storage on the servers.
  2. The physical servers themselves, where the system is set up and the information is stored, presenting considerations of size and physical location.
  3. The graphical user interface (GUI), which is a layer of simple user-level controls on top of a system architecture tailored specifically to the organization’s needs.

When an organization transfers its IT infrastructure to an external service provider, the organization receives access to a public infrastructure system through which it can communicate with its clientele, its suppliers, and its business partners, together with a private infrastructure serving for communication among its own various internal departments and easing the organization’s internal work processes.

The options for allocating the various resources, the methods of storage and coding, the frequency and manner of backing up data, the system access method, and the various access permissions, all are specified by the organization and attuned exactly to its needs. First, however, there is precise planning and the basic parameters are set that the organization needs for the sake of providing the greatest speed and efficiency in access to the system and in the work processes.

The result is an advanced IT infrastructure custom-designed uniquely for each organization, with a compatible style and easy access. Since the same infrastructure is, by its nature, also the data backup facility, it of course provides a disaster recovery[2] service as well and affords the organization business continuity.

 

It’s not about the organization’s size

What kind of companies can profit from this service? The answer depends only on the organization’s core processes. Any organization or business, of any type and size, if it is digital/electronic in part (Click & Mortar) or entirely (Pure Play), needs a system infrastructure. Even young organizations need that infrastructure, because the quick technological process of recent decades has all businesses struggling to stay up to date and keep up with the pace of change around them.

In other words, any business or organization, if it wants to succeed, should think about the quantity of time, the financial investment, the professional staff, and the nearly endless technological updating that goes into planning, constructing, and maintaining an up-to-date infrastructure suited to the changing market and to the modern world. In our competitive times, simplicity has vanished along with the floppy disk.

 

See the forest but don’t ignore the trees

As it searches for the most suitable service provider, an organization should pay attention to small details and not only to the overall proposal. An infrastructure service provider must have the ability to furnish a broad variety of technological options and solutions to meet the client’s needs, and it must be reliable and financially stable. Because it is responsible for such important services, it takes on the aspect of a business partner de facto and the organization is dependent on it in certain ways.

For example, if one of the reasons for using an external system infrastructure service is the organization’s need for a technologically up-to-date infrastructure, and the provider does not bother upgrading its own system, then the provider will have trouble meeting the organization’s needs in the long term. As time passes and the organization’s activities expand, the organization will not easily maintain efficiency in its work processes.

These are some of the most important factors in selecting a provider:

  1. Reliability in business: How much experience does the provider have? Who are its business partners? How satisfied are its clients? What is the quality of its customer service and technical support? How well can it keep its promises? What international standards does it meet?
  2. Professionalism: How closely does the provider keep up with technological changes? How large is its infrastructure overall, and how widely is it geographically decentralized? How reliable are its services in terms of physical and professional ability? How well can it handle emergencies, and how quickly can it recover from them? What data security standards does it meet?

All those questions are of top importance, because if an infrastructure provider can answer them satisfactorily, then in time it can become a partner in building the organization’s business success. It can save the organization money and provide the peace of mind that enables the organization to concentrate on its core processes, on growth, and on achieving its strategic and professional goals.

 

IaaS at MedOne

In order to provide our clientele with the best of service, MedOne offers cloud infrastructure services for payment per hour of system usage. The infrastructures are designed and constructed by the client (or with our assistance) and tailored to the needs of the organization or business that will use them. For details about private cloud[3] and public cloud services from MedOne, see the Cloud Platform[4] article on this site. It explains the cloud infrastructures in general and the specific structure that we offer.

The IT infrastructure and cloud services that MedOne provides are based on a pay-per-use model, so that organizations can enjoy an advanced technological infrastructure suited to their needs at a price they can afford. The upshot is that once the system is built, the organization pays only for its hours of system use. The organization receives a specialized portal of its own, designed very flexibly so that if the organization requires changes later, they are easily accomplished.

MedOne complies with international and Israeli data security standards, providing its clients with confidence that their growing databases, as well as the direct communications channels available via the system, are reliable and maximally protected against all possible forms of attack (including data theft, identity theft, customer data mining, and industrial espionage).

Thanks to MedOne’s partnership with Dimension Data, an international company owned by the telecom giant NTT, the many organizations and businesses that are our clients can join the global cloud while working to the international standards necessary for transmitting C2B data, B2B data, etc.

The infrastructure services that MedOne offers begin with an assessment of the organization’s needs. Then the necessary steps for designing the infrastructure are planned and performed, the infrastructure is tested, and the organization’s employees receive technical service and continual support in order to change over quickly and smoothly from the legacy system to the new infrastructure.