All About IaaS

Businesses often look to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for their server resources. Here's what you need to know about IaaS.

June 09, 2014 by Alex Collins, IT Services Consultant

Cloud Computing | All About IaaS

More and more businesses are looking to streamline IT processes and save money via virtualization. Depending on the level of sophistication needed, the cost savings of moving to the cloud can be significant. When it comes to an enterprise-level organization, businesses often look to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for their server resources.

IaaS includes the entire computing infrastructure - virtual server space, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers. It usually sits at the base of a cloud system that also includes Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). IaaS is the most flexible of the cloud computing models and allows for automated server and storage deployment. The business is provided with access to these virtual components via the cloud service provider upon which to build their IT platform, including the operating system, middleware, and application deployment. This all takes place on self-service virtual machines that can be adjusted as needed via a browser dashboard.

The main uses of IaaS include the actual development and deployment of PaaS, SaaS, and web-scale applications.  IaaS is an optimal solution for start-ups and rapidly growing businesses that do not have the internal resources or capital expenditure budget to scale-up server and storage resources quickly. It also makes business sense for companies who would like more control over the application stack, whether it is due to security, performance, or overall control.

In turn, the IaaS model provides IT teams with a highly scalable, cost effective solution that is straight forward and easy to manage. Businesses using IaaS will never need to pay for more than they need, and there are no delays in expanding or reducing capacity.  In addition, since the cloud service provider is responsible for all the associated hardware and support, businesses save time and money by not having to invest locally.

What might be the most important part of an IaaS infrastructure is that it is completely location independent. As long as an employee has access to an Internet connection and a browser, they will be able to connect to the system and continue to work – whether they are in an airport, working from home, or half-way around the world. From an IT perspective there is no single point of failure. If a server or switch fails, the broader service would not be affected thanks to redundancy configurations put in place by the cloud service provider.

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