The savings to your business in both time and money when migrating to the cloud can be significant, but do you have all the information you need to make an informed decision?
One of the most common inquiries we get from clients is about the migration of their data to the cloud and if software-as-a-service (SaaS) is right for them. To fully understand which is the best for your company, we first need to get an understanding of the three layers of the cloud computing space — Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Software as a service (SaaS) as software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics.
A platform as a service (PaaS) offering is a broad collection of application infrastructure (middleware) services (including application platform, integration, business process management and database services). However, the hype surrounding the PaaS concept is focused mainly on application PaaS (aPaaS) as the representative of the whole category.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a standardized, highly automated offering, where compute resources, complemented by storage and networking capabilities are owned and hosted by a service provider and offered to customers on-demand. Customers are able to self-provision this infrastructure, using a Web-based graphical user interface that serves as an IT operations management console for the overall environment. API access to the infrastructure may also be offered as an option.
Get Your Head in the Cloud
Arguably the most common of the three, SaaS has won the hearts of companies worldwide as it nearly eliminates all local overhead costs. For existing Tealeaf customers considering a move to the cloud, IBM’s Bridge-to-Cloud program gives you the opportunity to try out their SaaS offering with no risk.
This program removes dual payments for having both on-premises and cloud environments during the transition period. After the transition period, if you decide the SaaS offering is not a good fit, you have the option to return to the Software and Service (S&S) on-premises model without incurring any penalties.
Having this easy return path available offers a high level of confidence in the event conditions change, or the SaaS product simply does not meet your needs. In essence, you are signing a new contract as a subscription instead of continuing your existing on-premises annual S&S license.
This option gives you the ability to move your current entitlement from on-premises S&S to SaaS with significantly reduced total cost of ownership for both environments. With this offering, you get two entitlements, without extra cost.
There is a catch, if you can call it that - to be eligible for the Bridge-to-Cloud program, your company must be current on your S&S with no lapse in coverage and must not be on an Enterprise Level Agreement (ELA) or Multi-element arrangement with IBM.
Weighing the options
There are numerous cloud solutions to choose from and a decision to transfer is not one to be taken lightly. Luckily, IBM Bridge-to-Cloud offers a number of benefits to help Tealeaf users decide to give it a try.
- Speed to value – you can focus on delivering results from Tealeaf rather than dedicating resources to maintaining the tool.
- Compelling price point – lower your subscription cost, while eliminating CAPX and OPEX expenses of maintaining an on-premises environment.
- Cloud solutions are being developed first – many companies, including IBM are devoting their development resources to the cloud first.
We realize that moving to the cloud may not be right for everyone and regularly advise our enterprise-level clients based on their business needs. But for those existing TeaLeaf customers considering a move to the cloud, or those that have already begun transitioning to the cloud, IBM’s Bridge-to-Cloud program offers a compelling opportunity to try the product with no downside.
*definitions courtesy of gartner.com