IaaS providers make a strong case for you to stop running your own data center and to start purchasing server capacity on demand — a trend that is certainly building. Gartner reports that IaaS is the fastest growing segment of the public cloud market and expects it will account for more than 47 percent in 2013.
But the decision factors around an IaaS deployment are complex, and the stakes — in terms of cost, security, and manageability — are high. Organizations are understandably wary, despite the list of compelling benefits.
What are the barriers to embracing cloud infrastructure? What kinds of workloads are best suited to cloud deployment? What should you be looking for in an IaaS vendor? This guide from ZDNet and TechRepublic gathers information and advice to help you find the answers to those key questions and develop a cloud strategy that makes sense for your organization.