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IaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, PaaS and SaaS

A Virtualized Infrastructure has been common in most data centers since 2002—it’s been the standard for all data centers for the past decade. The savings have been immense. It’s meant fewer components in our data centers, reduced power consumption to run our facilities, more control over our data, simplified operations, and the agility to move our workloads as needed.

Even with all of these benefits, customers are still looking to improve their operational efficiency and consistency, and get a lifecycle management tool in place, and do even more for their businesses while reducing costs even further.

Our Virtualized Infrastructure is the foundation of our next step in the data center transition to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Having confidence in the design and architecture of your hardware allows you to add the software-enabling components of IaaS, and realize additional benefits that increase your agility, efficiency, and control. It also empowers groups within your organization to have self-service IT resources at their fingertips.

Take, for example, a two-week request for a development environment. The process was well defined, required many different groups to participate in delivering the request, and worked well … except for the two-week delay in empowering developers.
Providing the IaaS components, on the other hand, allowed for this to become a five-minute process that a developer could initiate on their own. Imagine what that could do for your business.

WEI has been helping our customers to simplify development, production, and Disaster Recovery environments using IaaS, while enabling additional efficiency, consistency, and lifecycle management. Is it time for WEI to help you realize these same benefits?

BaaS

Business Continuity strategies have been a requirement in IT operations for decades. The need to back up and restore data is an essential requirement in all data centers. With concerns over cybersecurity on the rise, the need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan has never been more important, and more options than ever now exist to implement an effective DR plan, even for the smallest IT operations.

The ability to back up to different media, be it tape, disk, or a Public Cloud offering, is essential, with Service Level Agreements driving low Recovery Time Objectives and minimal data loss (Recovery Point Objectives), while still demanding 7-year retention of data. Backing up to disk can provide a short RTO and RPO, but may not be the answer for long-term retention. Tape may address long-term retention but not provide the restore capacities your SLAs demand. Add Disaster Recovery Plans to the strategy, and the RTO/RPO requirements defined in your Business Continuity plans, and you have even more to consider. How do you find a happy medium for your business?

The software used to manage your Business Continuity strategies has changed over the years, just as the media used for recovery has. Many of the solutions available have the capabilities to manage the backup and recovery of data as well as replication and recovery. Backup as a Service (BaaS) may address part of your continuity requirements, and be part of your solution.

WEI has been helping our customers update and simplify their Business Continuity strategies—proving that it is possible to meeting aggressive SLAs with short RTO and RPO windows. Is it time for WEI to help you update your Business Continuity plans?

DRaaS

Business Continuity strategies have been a requirement in IT operations for decades. The need to back up and restore data is an essential requirement in all data enters. With concerns over cybersecurity on the rise, the need for a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan has never been more important, and more options than ever now exist to implement an effective DR plan, even for the smallest IT operations.

A traditional Disaster Recovery plan requires two data centers, with identical hardware for servers and storage. Storage arrays needed to be identical to enable their replication software. Adoption of this type of DR solution was expensive, as it essentially required two data centers (that had to be managed).

With the adoption of Virtualized Infrastructure, many of the traditional obstacles no longer existed in DR plans. Servers did not need to be the exact same model, allowing for repurposing of equipment. Storage Arrays had to be similar models in order to be replicated, and if replication was performed per Virtual Machine at the software layer, storage at both sides could be different. This led to a more cost-effective way for DR plans to be rolled out.

Up until now, any Disaster Recovery plan still had a challenge … it required BOTH data centers be managed, regardless of the DR implementation.

This is why Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has provided a tremendous benefit to organizations, both large and small. The ability to fail over a Virtual Infrastructure to a data center in the Cloud eliminates the aggravation and costs associated with managing multiple data centers. There are even options that can address the physical server workloads that exist in your data center as well.

WEI has been helping customers control their capital and operating costs while achieving the RTO and RPOs their businesses require. More of our customers now have a DR recovery plan that can be tested successfully, and keeps their ongoing operations simple. How can WEI help you realize a successful DRaaS solution?

WEI has also been helping modernize our customers’ Business Continuity strategies, and realizing simpler operations in meeting those strategies. Meeting aggressive SLAs with short RTO and RPO windows is possible. Is it time WEI helped you update your Business Continuity plans?

PaaS

Many IT professionals have been looking for a way to shorten software development lifecycles. Many have accelerated the development process through the use of a Virtualized Infrastructure or IaaS, but wonder if there is any better way.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) can provide an answer.

PaaS provides Cloud-based infrastructure for application developers, allowing them to concentrate on developing, testing and rolling out their applications without having to equip a local data center to support them.

If you have development teams that have yet to embrace PaaS, perhaps it’s time to take a closer look—at everything from the initial vendors that provide PaaS to the technologies that enable the teams to assemble the pieces to enable rapid and custom development, including the tools and services designed to make coding and deployment efficient.

SaaS

Applications are designed for end users and delivered over the web.