May 12, 2020
Get On-Prem Infrastructure With OPEX Budget Models, Cloud Functionality and Other Benefits
In times of uncertainty, capital expenditures often face increased scrutiny or even freezes. Recession signs, the coronavirus pandemic, elections and other issues have brought uncertainty to an all-time high in 2020. Today, IT departments need to start making smart, strategic moves toward greater financial dexterity and team productivity.
Before going through the motions of the usual capital expenditures (CAPEX) for a hardware refresh or rethinking and accelerating your cloud strategy, every IT leader needs to know that there are more options available to them.
With OST, flexible, secure and feature-rich solutions are available to add or scale down infrastructure in your data center using your OPEX budget. And right now, as-a-service solutions both on-prem and in the cloud are the lowest risk way to manage data center infrastructure.
Rather than sticking with familiar CAPEX data center investments, you can proactively create new opportunities and increase your team’s agility in both the short- and long-term by utilizing an as-a-service model for your infrastructure. Some of the immediate benefits of our on-prem, as-a-service infrastructure solutions include:
- No capital expenditures associated with purchasing hardware
- No license or warranty management, servicing commitments and other busy work that slows down your team
- Financial risk is shifted to the vendor
- Predictable monthly costs
- Flexible options to scale your hardware up or down as needed
- Available integrations and extensions into public cloud services as desired
- Automated provisioning provides reliable, predictable deployments into production
- Lower latency compared to colocation and cloud solutions
To help you learn more about our unique on-prem as-a-service hardware solutions, we have outlined some of the details below. And if you’d like to talk about how OST can help you optimize your infrastructure cost savings, contact us.
How Does OST’s On-Prem as-a-Service Infrastructure Work?
The basics of OST’s as-a-service approach to on-prem IT infrastructure is that OST owns all the equipment you need. The capital expense is on our books, and that opens up the possibility for us to offer you operational access (and operational budget options) for any of the hardware you need, often directly within your own data center. Our team runs and manages the equipment via our managed services experts working throughout the U.S., and you benefit from all the compute and storage capacity you need to keep your applications running and your data safe.
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Clear, detailed SLAs lay out explicit requirements for availability, recovery time and other performance levels. Your IT team won’t be bogged down managing, updating, patching the additional hardware that you’re leveraging from OST. You’re essentially gaining all the benefits of cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) with physical hardware.
What Are Some Applications for This as-a-Service, On-Premises Infrastructure Solution?
OST has helped businesses leverage this as-a-service solution in a wide variety of ways. Some of the most common applications for this service include the following:
Backups and Backup as a Service (BaaS)
One way that enterprises have used our on-prem solution is for their backup needs. This allows businesses to store and protect their data directly in their data center. Sometimes this is also paired with public cloud integrations for additional redundancy and risk management.
Disaster Recovery and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
OST’s on-prem, as-a-service solution is also well suited for DR environments. It can provide predictable failover in the event of site failures, malware or other catastrophic events. Like BaaS, a DR solution can be paired with public cloud components for additional risk mitigation.
Additional Capacity for Production, Development, Testing or Other Environments
Because OST’s hardware can be integrated seamlessly with existing data center infrastructure, its capacity can be utilized in myriad ways. Businesses can spin up environments for development or testing, run specific applications and use additional compute and storage for any of their IT operations.
In addition to these common applications, we have also worked with clients to develop innovative approaches for their unique needs and use cases. We have helped companies phase out their aging on-prem infrastructure in a cost-friendly way as they transition to the cloud. We have helped businesses build fully independent sections of their data center to rent out to other entities at a profit.
We have worked with a manufacturer who installs heavy equipment in their customers’ locations. They’re not an IT company and don’t need to be, so we install and fully manage white-labeled micro data centers that power the compute, storage and network resources their equipment uses. Because their costs with us are perfectly predictable, the manufacturer then charges their customers for those resources at a markup.
In addition to these types of unique deployment situations for our clients, you may have a use case for this solution that we haven’t even imagined yet.
Our cross-functional experts can work alongside you and your team to make it happen.
OST: Creative Problem-Solvers for Your IT Needs
What we’re doing for businesses is creating possibilities and opportunities that didn’t exist before. OST’s flexible infrastructure OPEX solution can help you modernize your infrastructure footprint, proactively meet the ever-changing needs of your business and turn innovative ideas into concrete realities.
We’d love to talk about how this as-a-service model for data center infrastructure can benefit your business. Let’s start a conversation.