IaaS frees up your team to focus on strategic and value-added activities rather than on IT infrastructure.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is one of the cloud computing pay-as-you-go delivery models. As the name suggests, with IaaS you rent IT infrastructure like servers, virtual machines, storage, networks and operating systems from a cloud provider on-demand, which ensures flexibility to scale resources up and down according to the needs at each moment. Besides eliminating maintenance of on-premises data centers and saving money on hardware, it also gives real-time business insights, helps to quickly provision new apps and increases the infrastructure’s reliability.
Here is an overview of IaaS main benefits:
Costs and time optimization – IaaS eliminates the cost of configuring and managing a physical data center and enables your IT team to focus on core business and more strategic activities. On the other hand, with IaaS you only pay for the compute, storage, and networking resources that are actually used.
Increased workloads performance and scalability – IaaS lets you accommodate spikes in resource demand and deliver them faster anywhere in the world, growing your online footprint with fewer efforts.
Access to cutting-edge techs – IaaS can give you access to the latest processors, storage, networking hardware, and container orchestration without investing in buying them.
Improved stability – With IaaS, there’s no need to troubleshoot equipment problems as the service provider assures that your infrastructure is reliable and meets SLAs. Even if any component of the hardware resources fails, the service still remains available.
Higher availability – Ensuring business continuity and disaster recovery requires a significant amount of technology and people. IaaS helps to reduce it and access apps and data as usual during a potential human- or nature-caused disaster.
Enhanced security – A cloud service provider can offer better protection for your IT resources than you would achieve in-house.
Faster innovation and time-to-market – With IaaS, once you’ve decided to launch a new product or initiative, the necessary computing infrastructure can be ready in minutes or hours. Development life cycles are accelerated and your team has more freedom to experiment and innovate.
Main uses of IaaS
Having access to a high-quality, flexible and cost-effective virtual infrastructure means a broad range of possible use cases. Here are the most common examples:
Handle spikes in traffic – IaaS can handle unexpected traffic spikes by scaling as necessary.
Test and development – The computing and networking power of IaaS makes it a perfect environment to quickly and economically set up, run and manage development and testing cycles.
Storage, backup, and recovery – You can consolidate disparate disaster recovery systems into one virtualized environment. IaaS is also useful for handling volatile demand and growing storage needs. Furthermore, it can simplify planning and management of backup systems.
Web apps – IaaS provides all the infrastructure to support web apps, including storage, servers, and networking resources. It makes it possible to get new projects launched quickly when urgent business priorities arise.
Traditional apps – IaaS supports both cloud-native applications and traditional enterprise applications, including ERP and business analytics apps.
High-performance computing – IaaS is a great option to address and make more affordable complex problems involving millions of variables or calculations, and to perform big data analysis.
Take the next step
Now that you know the benefits and use cases of IaaS, it’s time to move forward and join numerous companies that already rely on IaaS to boost their IT efficiency. Check the offers by the leading providers – AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Alibaba and Oracle – and count on InnoTech’s experts to make things happen. Let’s talk about your specific challenges and reality and discuss the best path together.