Wholesale Hosting vs Colocation: What's better in IaaS?

If you have been considering buying Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), you have the option to choose between colocation (shifting your servers to a third-party data center) and just shifting applications and data to the cloud provider to take care of all infrastructure requirements. 

QTS’ business development director for government markets, Lee Tamassia stated that there’s lot in the hybrid cloud area, particularly around agencies with specific assets, which they wish to continue having ownership and management of...

But, they simply don’t prefer to possess the infrastructure that those assets reside in. There’s surely plenty of demand for it. 

QTS also observes solicitations from groups seeking wholesale cloud-based services, especially with low-impact or smaller applications, which can be effortlessly shifted to 3rd-party infrastructure, says Tamassia.  

CCSi’s senior VP for emerging programs and services, Sue Palermo stated that it relies on the extent to which they are consolidating. You have to study deeply in order to decide the most optimal method to move that.    

The chief information security officer of CCSi, Matt Sexton agreed that agencies should consider wholesale IaaS or colocation on the basis of case by case, while keeping in mind the data availability, account costs, and the speed at which it has to be accessed. The others regard full-scale hosting to be pure form of IaaS.

AWS Public Sector’s chief solutions architect Mark Ryland said that he didn’t consider colocation as IaaS.

It may be required to pay a certain service charge for renting space to keep the servers in, though in case you still possess all servers and are still manually doing everything then that’s not IaaS.  

The steps taken by the NASA and navy for hosting their public sites with the help of cloud infrastructure as well as a remarkable case survey wherein the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) got the solution to a complicated analytics cloud problem were cited by Ryland.


Quick Spinning in the Cloud

When the SEC required more computing power in 2012 for running their MIDAS program, it became a necessity to employ third-party infrastructure as a vital part for digging it off the ground. MIDA is a real-time database, which lets analysts see time-embossed pictures of market transactions. 

Blending data from exchanges and markets across the world formed over a terabyte data/day, much higher than could be saved and properly assessed on the current servers of SEC at the time. 

Tradeworx’s CEO Mike Beller mentioned that they had included two choices in response to RFP on the way in which it could be implemented from the IT outlook. The first option was cloud-oriented, while the second was in the data center of the SEC. Tradeworx favored the cloud, though was not sure if the SEC was prepared to accommodate its analysis and data in a 3rd-party environment. 

Finally, after four months SEC saw MIDAS system and got it running within the following six months. This is a great instance wherein the SEC never requested for cloud during the initially phases, but finally mentioned that the cloud solution was highly compelling.