IaaS Solutions Offer the Flexibility to Scale IT Resources According to Demand

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud computing service that provides essential computing, storage, and networking resources on a pay-per-use basis. It is one of the four types of cloud services, including Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and serverless computing.

Moving your organisation's infrastructure to an IaaS solution helps you reduce the burden of maintaining on-premises data centers, minimise hardware costs, and gain real-time business insights. IaaS solutions offer the flexibility to scale IT resources up and down according to demand, while also enabling you to quickly deploy new applications and improve infrastructure reliability.

With IaaS, you can avoid the cost and complexity of managing physical servers and data center infrastructure. Each resource is provided as a separate service component, and you only pay for what you need for as long as you need it. The cloud provider, such as Azure, manages the underlying infrastructure while you are responsible for purchasing, installing, configuring, and managing your software, including operating systems, middleware, and applications.


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Scenarios and Advantages

  • Lift-and-shift migration - Rapidly and affordably migrate an application or workload to the cloud using the lift-and-shift approach, which is the quickest and most economical method. By avoiding the need to restructure your underlying architecture, you can boost scalability and performance, bolster security, and lower the expenses of running the application or workload.
  • Test and development - IaaS enables you to easily configure and remove test and development environments, accelerating the process of launching new applications. With IaaS, it's cost-effective and efficient to scale dev/test environments according to demand, allowing you to save resources and avoid overprovisioning.
  • Reduces capital expenditures and optimises costs - By choosing IaaS, you can eliminate the expenses associated with configuring and managing a physical data center, making it a budget-friendly option for cloud migration. With Azure, you can opt for subscription models that offer a pay-as-you-go approach, enabling you to lower your hardware and maintenance costs. As a result, your IT team can concentrate on the core aspects of your business.
  • Increases scale and performance of IT workloads - With IaaS, you can quickly scale your customers resources globally and handle sudden spikes in demand. This allows for faster delivery of IT resources to employees, no matter where they are located, resulting in improved application performance.

Azure IaaS Product Examples

  • Azure Virtual Machines - This is one of the most popular use cases for Azure IaaS. You can create and manage VMs to run your applications and workloads in the cloud. You can choose from a range of VM sizes and types to suit your specific requirements.
  • Azure Managed Disks - Azure provides scalable and highly available storage services, such as Blob Storage, File Storage, and Disk Storage, that you can use to store and manage data in the cloud.
  • Azure Networking - Azure offers a range of networking services, such as Virtual Network (VNet), Load Balancer, and Virtual Private Network (VPN), that enable you to create and manage network infrastructure in the cloud.
  • Security - Azure provides a range of security services, such as Azure Security Center and Azure Firewall, that enable you to secure your infrastructure and applications in the cloud.

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