What is Infrastructure as a Service?

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Last Updated on 30th April 2020

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.

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What is IaaS?

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.

Examples of IaaS

Testing & development: With IaaS, developers can quickly set up (and take down) testing environments, helping them bring new applications to the market faster and cheaper.

Website hosting: It can be less expensive to host websites using IaaS

Storage, backup and recovery: Organisations no longer need to shell out for storage, or worry about the complexity of storage management! IaaS can handle the unpredictability and increasing demand of storage.

Web apps: IaaS provides all the infrastructure you need to support web apps (inclduding storage, ay servers and networking resources). Organisations can quickly and easily deploy web apps, and scale their infrastructure depending on demand.

High-performance computing: High-performance computing (HPC) on supercomputers, computer grids or computer clusters helps solve complex problems involving millions of variables or calculations. Examples include earthquake and protein folding simulations, climate and weather predictions, financial modelling and evaluating product designs.

Big data analysis: Mining data sets to locate or work out hidden patterns requires a huge amount of processing power, which IaaS provides economically.

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.