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Infrastructure as a Service Adoption Pitfalls that CIOs need to Know

By Nikhil Sonawane - September 01, 2022 3 Mins Read

Restricted control, customization capabilities, and vendor lock-in are a few pitfalls while embracing Infrastructure as a Service. 

Enterprises of all sizes, types, and industries globally are embracing Infrastructure as a Service in their workflows. The flexibility and scalability offered by IaaS have transformed business structures to their core. However, beyond the immense benefits that IaaS offers businesses, it has a few inherent pitfalls. Even if organizations have the top Infrastructure as a Service vendor, they might have a few downsides. Here are a few pitfalls of IaaS that the IT decision-makers should be aware of:

Service level agreements (SLA) challenges

Even though business partners usually have an SLA agreement to guarantee service quality and uptime, enforcing the SLA effectively can be a challenging task for vendors, and non-compliance with the agreement might create distrust in client relationships. Enterprises can implement a Web Service Level Agreement (WSLA) framework to track and enforce service-oriented architecture.

Utility computing-related pitfalls

The complexity of utility computing is a challenge because the Infrastructure as a Service provider offers the Infrastructure to various businesses. Shared business infrastructure might expose critical business assets to various vulnerabilities and threats. Businesses should consider collaborating with IaaS vendors that have effective security measures in place to keep the shared Infrastructure clean from viruses, malware, and other unauthorized accesses.

Vendor lock-in

Many enterprises face difficulties during vendor lock-in while planning their Infrastructure. Lock-in limits the enterprise’s negotiation capabilities and options if they need more scalability from the Infrastructure as a Service provider. There are many top IaaS vendors that provide flexibility to adapt to the evolving business to help the business scale. Enterprises should explore options to lock in, like standardization that helps them to improve compatibility, interoperability, and quality that offers need scalability to adopt change.

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Adoption of this technology takes the infrastructure control away from the users. Organizations have to leave the security of the Infrastructure in the hands of the service provider. There is a huge possibility that the security measures implemented might not be adequate and result in significant exposure to bigger threats and vulnerabilities. However, the top Infrastructure as a Service solution providers have the best security postures integrated to minimize the risks.

Lack of controls

IaaS providers have complete administrative controls; it might be the best for a few enterprises. But for many organizations majority of the crucial controlling aspects might end up with the provider. Users will not have any control over data and applications; it might have some negative repercussions on the business’s processes. Hence, IT decision-makers should ensure that the Infrastructure as a Service provider manages data securely.

Personalization and upgrades

One significant Infrastructure as a Service pitfall is customizing the Infrastructure-which is a challenging task because the framework relies on virtualization services. Enterprises are restricted with very few customization options, and users do not get the required privacy like the other solutions. Maintenance and upgradation of Infrastructure is the responsibility of the vendor. A few vendors fail to maintain and upgrade their systems which might result in reduced business efficiency.


Industries with a global infrastructure will have their data spread across various data centers. Inefficient maintenance of the infrastructure results in downtime that hampers business productivity. Implementing Infrastructure as a Service makes the data inaccessible during downtime.

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Nikhil Sonawane

Nikhil S is a Tech Journalist with OnDot Media. He is a media professional with eclectic experience in communications for various technology media brands. He brings his eye for editorial detail and keen sense of language skills to every article he writes.

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