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According to Ian Keininger, CEO of Chicago-based Avant Communications, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is the natural progression of the software-defined data center. Currently, the cloud and connectivity-focused services provider is enabling clients to pay for only the resources they use, said Keininger.

"With Infrastructure-as-a-Service, the provider is responsible for the maintenance of the environment: the power, cooling, hardware, network, etc. This allows IT to focus on driving meaningful projects for business, instead of chasing the red blinking lights in the data center, or worrying about hardware obsolescence," said Keininger. "IaaS providers continue to improve their offerings, and in the future we will see more trust and acceptance, just as we saw with server virtualization."

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