Almost every enterprise already has a sizable investment in their server and storage infrastructure. Some are large enough to operate their own data centers, while many others colocate their infrastructure with a third-party data center service provider.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service offers the same infrastructure building blocks — servers and storage — but the capacity is provided to anyone willing to pay for it, similar to the electric utility grid.

Enterprises are eager to realize the benefits of the public cloud, but what sort of benefits does shifting from owning or colocating to IaaS bring to the average enterprise? Can it help cut their costs? Help them be more agile and competitive? Are there security and compliance concerns? Read more.