Dedicated Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud delivery model that provides on-demand computing resources over the Internet, including networking, storage, and other infrastructural components.
Before IaaS, businesses would have to purchase and maintain their hardware and software for their computing needs. But now, dedicated IaaS allows users to develop, grow, and scale without buying and maintaining any physical hardware. The power and flexibility of IaaS enable it to support a wide variety of businesses, developers, researchers, and other individuals who want control over their infrastructure and the software inside that infrastructure. Read on to learn everything you need to know about IaaS!
How is IaaS different from PaaS and SaaS?
Like other “as a service” models, such as Platform as a service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service models offer a degree of management. But what exactly is the difference between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS?
The answer is that they each provide a different cloud service: an infrastructure environment versus platform tools versus complete applications. Depending on the service type you choose, the CSP manages different elements of the computing stack:
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
For IaaS models, the service provider hosts, maintains, and updates the backend infrastructure. This can include computing, storage, networking, and virtualization. You manage everything else including the operating system, middleware, data, and applications.
Platform as a service (PaaS)
PaaS models, like IaaS models, entail the service provider delivering and managing the backend infrastructure. However, PaaS models provide all the software features and tools needed for application development. You still have to write the code and manage your apps and data, but you don’t have to worry about managing or maintaining the software development platform.
Software as a service (SaaS)
When it comes to SaaS service models, the service provider delivers the entire application stack—the complete application and all the infrastructure needed to deliver it. As a customer, all you have to do is connect to the app through the internet, and the provider is responsible for everything else.
The Benefits of Dedicated IaaS
Because dedicated IaaS resources are used on demand and enterprises only have to pay for the computing, storage, and networking resources that are actually used, IaaS costs are fairly predictable and can be easily contained and budgeted for. The dedicated part means the solution is specific to your organization without sharing resources, ensuring higher security and reliability.
Scalability and flexibility
One of the biggest advantages of IaaS is its capability to scale resources up and down rapidly according to the needs of the enterprise.
Increased performance and productivity
Because the cloud provider is responsible for setting up and maintaining the underlying physical infrastructure, enterprise IT departments save time and money and can redirect resources to more strategic activities.
IaaS and OpusCloud with Opus Interactive
On the whole, dedicated IaaS is a great data storage solution for organizations that would benefit from efficiency and flexibility. At Opus Interactive, our team specializes in transitioning businesses to new data storage models and optimizing them to help operations thrive. Not only that, we tailor our solutions to your workload requirements for latency, performance, security, and compliance. Please visit our Dedicated IaaS services page to learn more about our solutions!