What is Infrastructure as a Service?

Azure is the platform that the supports the Microsoft Cloud stack. Azure can be split into three distinct categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). In this blog, we are going to discuss Infrastructure as a Service and what involves.

What does Infrastructure as a Service mean?

IaaS is basically where you can access the hardware you need instantly through an Internet connection. Instead of investing your finances in servers and storage devices that will only age and need to replaced you pay as you go for your infrastructure as a service. Your hardware is essentially rented from Microsoft, is always up to date, and is managed, provisioned and accessed through your Internet connection.

What’s great about IaaS is that you don’t need to worry if you’ve bought a server that might not serve your planned growth. Azure is scalable so you can scale up or down with demand and you only need to pay for what you use.

Not only do you no longer have to worry about the capital expenditure of having to upgrade your server but you also no longer have responsibility for the heating, cooling or powering of your hardware. Azure and Microsoft become responsible for your infrastructure and you only need to worry about your operating systems, middleware and applications.

Where IaaS Works in a Business Scenario

One of the primary ways in which Infrastructure as a Service will work for your business is through storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions. IaaS can take whatever demand in storage you need. With backup and disaster recovery, you can make sure that everything you need is always available even when everything has gone wrong. In the event of disaster, you can recover straight to the Cloud without having to worry about how long it will take to replace your server and the amount of downtime your business will experience.

IaaS is also an option if you need a testing and development environment. If you’re developing applications then you can  quickly set up and dismantle the testing environment, enabling you to bring products to market faster.

You can also use Azure for website hosting, it can be a lot cheaper than the traditional hosting of the past.

If you are interested in moving your organisation’s hardware to Azure and investing in Infrastructure as a Service please get in touch with ACUTEC today on 01675 469020. 

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