X as a Service (XaaS)

More flexibility, less risk

Whether internal or external, the pressure to control costs and risk is real. Yet, businesses also need to respond and make changes when faced with new demands. As a Service approaches have gained popularity as a modern answer to such challenges. 

The introduction of public cloud brought with it a model for scalability that relies on pay-as-you-go pricing. Fewer upfront costs and pricing that is more aligned with usage inherently gives a business more agility — a key attribute in today’s competitive marketplace.
With hybrid cloud strategies becoming more and more the norm, though, the seemingly dichotomous financial implications of public cloud versus on-premises can be difficult to navigate.
As a Service models have emerged as a significant opportunity for businesses to take advantage of consumption-based pricing for on-premises infrastructure like data storage and compute. Leverage the latest technologies from leading OEMs and an expert operational and support services team, with As a Service offerings delivered by Insight.

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Finding agility with on-premises As a Service models

As a decision-maker, you have options. Is an on-premises As a Service model right for you? In this ebook, we explore the features of As a Service, how it compares to other options, and what it could offer your business as you continue to pursue agility via the most cost-effective IT investments.

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The bottom line

Businesses opt for As a Service offerings, as they provide a public cloud-like experience on-premises.

Why As a Service?
A consumption model like public cloud
A consumption model like public cloud
  • Upfront pricing
  • Pay for what you use
  • Scale up or down
A financial tool
A financial tool
  • No CapEx purchase
  • No asset on the books
  • Flexible OpEx terms avoid FASB lease rules
A bridge to cloud strategy
A bridge to cloud strategy
  • Ensures ability to scale to public cloud, without overutilization risk
  • Rebalance capacity across hybrid cloud as cloud strategy evolves
A way to reduce risk from cloud and business uncertainty
A way to reduce risk from cloud and business uncertainty
  • Lowers financial risk
  • Simplifies capacity planning
  • Offers more flexibility


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Not a technology conversation?

In the purest sense, As a Service is a financial model — a different way of consuming on-premises resources. It is an option alongside CapEx, traditional OpEx (where it qualifies as a lease and therefore must appear on the balance sheet per FASB), and cloud consumption.
But, As a Service can also play a key role in initiatives around cloud-native and hybrid cloud, allowing for “fail fast” approaches that don’t leave the business with lingering costs or the need for contract buyouts.
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“The New Economics Of On-Premises Infrastructure” by Forrester

There’s a new way to consume on-premises resources that leverages the pricing model of public cloud — and brings cost-effective agility. Read this Forrester report, which reviews the basic concepts and variations of this economic model.

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