Three reasons why Infrastructure as a Service is so attractive
In summary, there are three reasons that are persuading more and more small and medium-sized businesses to outsource in-house infrastructure and use external IaaS:
- For more and more SMEs, it is becoming a challenge to meet the requirements of modern IT and the associated responsibility financially and in terms of resources, and are therefore looking for a reliable IaaS provider.
- Infrastructure as a Service provides security throughout: a stable infrastructure and compliance with all security standards and levels, whether that relates to antivirus, backup and update management or security monitoring.
- With cloud computing and customised IaaS services, SMEs save money by only paying for the software, services and resources in the cloud infrastructure that are actually needed.
IaaS grows with you: that is why Infrastructure as a Service is a future-ready concept for every SME
Teams of experts from Konica Minolta support small and medium-sized enterprises with a system and process analysis. This covers the current situation and formulates the next important objectives.
Together with the SME, an analysis and then an optimally adapted solution plan are drawn up. IaaS offers various possibilities such as on-premise edge server solutions, cloud prepared data capacities or a hybrid cloud solution combining both edge and cloud computing through virtualization. In addition, Konica Minolta offers solutions to improve system performance and storage capacity, thus significantly reducing the burden on in-house teams.
Cloud data security also plays a central role in all of these considerations. The good news is that all Konica Minolta data centers are located in Europe, and are therefore in line with the EU’s far-reaching General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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The example of the sports shoe manufacturer LOWA shows how Konica Minolta has supported the company in renewing its storage and server infrastructure. Sustainability was a central theme in this process. That is because at LOWA, it not only plays a major role in the production of alpine and outdoor boots, but in all divisions of the company. It was therefore important to develop and implement a sustainable and future-proof concept together with Konica Minolta for the renovation of the storage and server infrastructure, too.
After five years using the IT production environment at LOWA’s headquarters in Jetzendorf, near Munich, it was time for major changes. Mirrored storage and server systems were required, which had to be housed in different fire sections – this was fundamental in order to guarantee automatic uninterrupted continuation of applications in the event of a failure in the operating system or the entire fire section. One core aim was to minimise possible downtime. At the same time, however, new projects were also to be launched. Therefore, it was important to increase storage capacity and improve performance.
Securely into the future: how the Konica Minolta teams of experts install a sustainable storage and server infrastructure
Once offers for the planned project were available, Konica Minolta’s print system customer care manager, with whom LOWA has a good relationship, recommended also obtaining an offer from his IT colleagues. The price–performance ratio was right: an important motto at LOWA is ‘go for the best offer, not the cheapest one.’ Key points were the reliable personal contact together with strong support in qualitative and quantitative terms.
After a short but productive offer phase, the installation of the infrastructure began, with most of the work being done during continued operations. Once completed, the stability, performance, and ease of use of the storage and server infrastructure were significantly enhanced. The availability of all possible resources and the lowest possible downtime are further significant advantages of the new solution. The biggest plus point is that all together the system is highly conducive to business productivity and networking.