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Infrastructure as a Service vs. Platform as a Service

Adnan Raja
by Atlantic.Net (181posts) under Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is an amazing technology that has evolved to include a wide variety of solutions. These segments include software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and network as a service (NaaS), among others.

When utilizing the IaaS model, clients will have access to anything and everything they need to run their cloud servers, including operating systems, firewalls, virtualized local area networks and software bundles. The client is responsible for setting up and maintaining the infrastructure. This means that they will likely need to employ an in-house team of developers to design the software and operational framework. However, this total control leads to more flexibility—ideal for the cloud environment.

With the PaaS model, the service provider is responsible for setting up everything, including virtualization, setting up the operating system, and running applications. Additionally, the service provider takes the responsibility for the automation, testing, deployment, and continued maintenance of the system. This allows the client to focus less attention on their cloud servers and spend more time running their business.

For small- and medium-sized businesses, the PaaS model is more practical in terms of labor spent and cost-effectiveness. The majority of business owners simply do not have the available resources to allocate towards an IaaS model. However, for those who desire more control over their cloud hosting solutions, the IaaS model is perfect. In both instances, users pay only for what they use.

Which service to choose?

Whether choosing an infrastructure or platform as a service model, cloud servers are practical solutions in today’s world of constantly evolving technology. Since 1994, Atlantic.Net has been providing businesses with the best hosting solutions like our super fast SSD Cloud Hosting. To learn more about our cloud server hosting solutions, including HIPAA compliant hosting, give us a call today at 800-521-5881.

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