Understanding Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Joel
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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), sometimes known as hardware-as-a-service, refers to the leasing of computer hardware instead of purchasing and installing it in-house.  The hardware you rent may include servers, storage, networking technology, cables, firewalls, etc.  With IaaS, the cloud hosting provider provides the infrastructure required to build custom hosting solutions, the hardware is configured remotely, and then your hosting solution is installed on it.

If you want to maintain control of your software environment, but don’t want to have to maintain servers, go to an IaaS provider and request a virtual machine.  You can put whatever software you’d like on the server and the IaaS provider gives you the storage and other resources as you need them.  The great thing about IaaS is that it offers companies more flexibility and adaptability.  If businesses need to scale up, they can do so easily by requesting more cloud servers and reconfiguring the load balancer.  If they need to scale down, they can choose to rent less infrastructure from the cloud service provider.

Infrastructure as a Service is just one of the three approaches to Cloud Hosting, the others being Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).  The difference between these three approaches is primarily the separation of responsibilities between the business entity and the hosting provider.  PaaS is where you provide the applications and data while the rest of the platform is managed by the hosting provider.  SaaS is where you buy the service and the provider figures out the servers, the virtual machines, the network equipment, etc. You just point your browser at it.

Atlantic.Net has strategically enhanced our IaaS platform to accommodate customized requests based on industry-specific requirements.  We combine our SSD Cloud Hosting center in Orlando and certified engineers to deliver a total “peace of mind” solution.  Our mission is to address your IT infrastructure needs so that you can focus on growing your business.  Give us a call today at 800-521-5881 to get started today with an IaaS solution!


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