Transitioning from VPS Services to IaaS

In my two previous post on VPS, I wrote Why Moving to an IaaS Offering will Pay Dividends and Why IaaS will Solve Problems Beyond VPS. This has formed part of a three part series on the topic of VPS and Beyond to highlight:

  1. VPS versus Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The definitions, differences and market opportunity
  2. Why IaaS: How IaaS can solve service providers and customers VPS problems and the capabilities necessary to reap these benefits
  3. Transitioning from VPS services to IaaS : Why IaaS is the starting point from which to grow PaaS and SaaS services and a roadmap for delivery

Attempting to grow a service provider business by providing VPS will not offer the future-proofing and revenue opportunities available with the cloud. Instead, service providers must look to deliver a cloud platform that is more beneficial and flexible than existing VPS technologies.

IaaS is only a start

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Moving to an IaaS type model is a key technical, commercial and cultural step from the traditional world of selling VPS type services.  It isn’t about selling services on a pay as you go (PAYG) basis, rather than a monthly basis. It is actually about moving to a mindset of delivering flexibility to customers to help them solve genuine business problems that offers distinct value, rather than just becoming a sunken IT cost. This approach opens possibilities of delivering additional value added services to those customers and continuing to move up the value chain.

Delivering IaaS is only a start, it is the enablement engine to deliver IT as a service. Users today want a whole range of IT delivered as a service not just infrastructure. You don’t necessarily require IaaS to deliver a range of services, but you do absolutely require a single solution through which users can purchase and consume these services, be it IaaS, PaaS, SaaS or otherwise.  (In future, some of these services may not even be hosted on your own physical infrastructure, but other third parties with which you are working). The potential value  created for service providers by companies moving to the cloud is significant, but actually the majority of that value is offered beyond the IaaS layer. IaaS, though, is used as a key part of the value added services.

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451 Group’s Liam Eagle Discusses VPS and Beyond in Upcoming Webinar

Next Thursday, May 16, 2013, Liam Eagle, analyst at 451 Research Group covering the Internet infrastructure business, will join Flexiant Founder and Product Champion, Tony Lucas in a webinar that will explore the strengths and benefits of moving from VPS to an IaaS platform. Register Now!

451-ResearchFlexiant and 451 Research discuss the service provider path from VPS to IaaS

May 16 2013 at 11AM EDT/ 4PM BST

This webinar comes as part of our on-going VPS and Beyond series which so far has explored:

  1. VPS versus Infrastructure as a Service: The definitions, differences and market opportunity
  2. Why IaaS: How IaaS can solve service providers and customers VPS problems and the capabilities necessary to reap these benefits

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Why IaaS will Solve Problems Beyond VPS

In my last blog post on VPS, I wrote Why Moving to an IaaS Offering will Pay Dividends. At that time I introduced a three part series on the topic of VPS and Beyond to highlight:

  1. VPS versus Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The definitions, differences and market opportunity
  2. Why IaaS: How IaaS can solve service providers and customers VPS problems and the capabilities necessary to reap these benefits
  3. Transitioning from VPS services to IaaS: Why IaaS is the starting point from which to grow PaaS and SaaS services and a roadmap for delivery

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Attempting to grow a service provider business by providing VPS will not offer the future-proofing and revenue opportunities available with the cloud. Instead, service providers must look to deliver a cloud platform that is more beneficial and flexible than existing VPS technologies.

IaaS Benefits for You and Your Customer

The use cases that IaaS enables can be dramatically different from typical VPS usage, and the biggest reason for that is the flexibility offered by IaaS around provisioning of resources.

IaaS addresses all of the mentioned use cases where the ability to scale to meet customer demands with agility and flexibility is essential. IaaS can be dramatically different from typical VPS usage, and the biggest reason for that is the flexibility offered by IaaS around provisioning of resources. Additional benefits to both the cloud service provider and its customers include:

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Why Moving to an IaaS Offering will Pay Dividends

A large proportion of the service provider market has not yet developed a true cloud offering. End users companies are frustrated with having to cut through marketing hype to find out which solutions are genuine cloud offerings and which are merely conventional hosting services with the word ‘cloud’ added to the title. Instead, these organizations remain at the virtualized level with virtual private servers (VPS) masquerading as cloud services. As a result, service providers are not in a position to benefit internally from the efficiency savings of a cloud platform or to deliver the value of true cloud services to their customers. Part of this problem is that many do not realize or recognize the difference between VPS and cloud and therefore do not understand the benefits or use cases possible with IaaS.

Flexiant

As part of a three paper series, I will clearly demonstrate a journey service providers can take as they move from VPS to cloud services. The three part series will cover:

1. VPS versus Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The definitions, differences and market opportunity

2. Why IaaS: How IaaS can solve service providers and customers VPS problems and the capabilities necessary to reap these benefits

3. Transitioning from VPS services to IaaS: Why VPS is the starting point from which to grow PaaS and SaaS services and a roadmap for delivery

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