Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, is a cloud service that provides infrastructure components, many of which are normally found in on-premises data centers, including servers, networking hardware and storage capacity. IaaS also provides useful services such as detailed billing, log access, monitoring, security, clustering, and load balancing. Storage resiliency, such as backup, replication, and recovery ensure that your data and applications are always available in the cloud, even in the event of a disaster. Users can also implement procedures, in order to drive load balancing, in order to maintain performance and availability of specific applications.
IaaS customers have the ability to access services and other resources through a wide area network, like the internet, and can use services provided by the cloud in order to install elements of an application stack. From any remote location, the administrator can log into the IaaS platform and create virtual machines, install operating systems on those virtual machines, install middleware (like databases) and then install the workload of the enterprise into that virtual machine. You can even utilize the provider’s services in order to track costs, monitor performances, troubleshoot issues, manage disaster recovery, etc.
IaaS is a great choice for organizations that have multiple locations, because it’s faster, easier, and a lot more cost-efficient to operate a workload without the need to buy or manage any underlying infrastructure, at various locations. If an organization is working on developing new software products, for instance, it might be more efficient and financially advantageous, to host and test applications using the IaaS provider. After the software has been created and has been refined and tested, users can then remove it from the IaaS in order to have a more typical, in-house deployment.
If you’d like more information about Infrastructure as a Service or any other IT or telecom-related services, we can help. Clarus Communications has been serving the St. Louis area since 2001 and can assist your business in making the most of your IT investment. We’ll work with you to assess your needs and recommend a solution that is custom tailored to your business. If you would like more information, give us a call at 314-300-4700.