Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
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IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
A major cloud computing buzz term is Infrastructure as a Service. This is a huge transformation of networks, servers and computers as we know them traditionally. To understand IaaS, you need to understand infrastructure to some extent. If you're delivering a Web service to customers, you might be hosting a website on a Web server. To connect this to the Internet, you'd need a broadband connection, plus some other hardware to support the service in case you ever want to enhance it. You may realize that these are the bare minimum requirements to host that service, but you need Web server hardware to have a Web service. That's how it works.
Infrastructure as a Service doesn't contradict that. It simply means you don't have to own the infrastructure in order to deliver your Web services. Your customers treat your Web services as something they use and subscribe to. That's how you'll ultimately treat the infrastructure you need, too. You get the perks of the infrastructure, without the tasks of purchasing, hosting, monitoring or maintaining it. That's what the cloud provider is for.
Of course, the infrastructure still exists. It's still necessary. You just don't need to own and maintain it yourself. Instead, you subscribe to the infrastructure resources from a cloud provider, like RapidScale, and get what you need, when you need it. You don't overspend, and you save yourself time that can be focused on growing your business, rather than fixing your hardware. Your IaaS solution can also be accessed from any location, using any Internet-capable device. You'll have a secure Web portal in the cloud.
When you think about Infrastructure as a Service, think of it as something that virtualizes much of computing as you know it today. Today, it's as easy as owning an Internet-capable device and using that to access a multitude of computing resources. The cloud becomes your infrastructure. It's really that simple.
With IaaS, you'll push your organization into the modern world of business. It's a smart solution that saves money and delivers the necessary computing resources to a business of any size. If you're looking to take your infrastructure solutions to the next level, we'd love to chat with you! We can share more information on IaaS or help you get started.