Clearing the mist around IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service falls into the four types of Cloud Services. Each are related but have different ways of approaching and engaging with businesses. As well as IaaS, there is; Software as a Service (SaaS) used to connect and run apps on the cloud on any device using a cloud portal. All associated user data is then stored in the Data Center in the cloud. Platform as a Service (PaaS) offers the ability to let you build and deliver cloud-based apps, developing and deploying them within the cloud environment. Finally, Serverless means coding within the cloud, using only the exact amount of computing resources required to complete the task.

You may be familiar with the term Infrastructure as a Service or IaaS, but what actually is it?

  IaaS provides automated and highly scalable computing resources. A quality cloud-based infrastructure provider can manage your computing needs whilst securely monitoring costs. IaaS allows businesses to purchase resources when required, rather than having to buy the hardware outright. Resources include, but aren’t limited to; networks, servers, storage and operating systems utilising the power of virtualisation technology.

How is IaaS utilised by businesses?

  There are many ways to use IaaS services, however the most common method seen, is to utilise IaaS to replace legacy systems, scaling infrastructure in environments where demand is unpredictable. Other ways include, but aren’t limited to; hosting websites, testing and developing new software within virtual environments in the cloud, running high-performance computing (HPC) tasks e.g. modelling and simulations, managing Data Centers including; storage, backup and recovery.

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What are the advantages of IaaS?

 

If you have an endorsed IaaS provider, then there are significant benefits in electing to run Infrastructure as a Service. Let’s work through them from the bottom up.

 

For a start, IT skills gaps are mitigated, removing the burden from internal IT departments and allowing focus to remain on organisational KPIs and new requirements. IaaS can also be used for rapid innovation, by scaling expandable resources as required, ensuring you set your own bar for growth and development.

Whilst we are on the subject of scalability, IaaS allows you to respond with greater speed to handle spikes in demand, and to scale down when required. This increases reliability and stability of your Infrastructure, whilst significantly reducing the downtime that would otherwise arise with legacy systems. Also, because your Infrastructure is hosted within the cloud, a new level of business continuity and disaster recovery is achieved. Finally, one of the biggest benefits associated with IaaS, are the cost savings it can offer. With IaaS, you will see reduced ongoing maintenance costs, as well as the elimination of capital expenses associated with setting up and maintaining legacy systems and Data Centers.

If you are looking for a new way to quickly scale and descale applications and resources, to meet new demands, or, if you’re looking to reduce the mundane payments associated with maintaining legacy systems, then running your Infrastructure as a Service, is the option for you.

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