• Adam Goodley

IaaS....and what it can do for you!

What is it?

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is an instant computing infrastructure that is provisioned and managed over the Internet. It’s one of the four types of cloud services, along with software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).

"The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 37.3% in 2019 to total $44.5 billion, up from $32.4 billion in 2018"


IaaS is a standardised and automated offering in which computing resources, owned by a service provider, complemented by storage and networking capabilities and are offered to customers on demand. Resources are scalable and elastic in near real time with self-service interfaces, including APIs and a graphical user interfaces (GUI), that are exposed directly to customers. Resources may be single-tenant or multitenant, and are hosted typically by a service provider but also sometimes on premises.


Why IaaS?

IaaS can quickly scale up and down based on demand, one of the benefits of this is that should only pay for what you use. This in turn helps you avoid the out of control expenses and complexity of buying and managing your own physical servers and all the data centre infrastructure that comes with it.

As Sid Nag of Gartner explains, IaaS is one of the cloud fundamentals that enables business to take advantages of digitalisation as well as emerging technologies.

“Cloud underpins the push to digital business, which remains at the top of CIOs’ agendas,” “It enables technologies such as the edge, AI, machine learning and 5G, among others. At the end of the day, each of these technologies require a scalable, elastic and high-capacity infrastructure platform like public cloud IaaS, which is why the market witnessed strong growth.”

Sid Nag, Research Vice President at Gartner.

A cloud service provider manages the infrastructure that makes your business run so you can focus on the more important things.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers face mounting pressure from direct competition with public cloud. To compete in this new era, it is critical to be able to offer flexible, agile, and reliable services - this is what Arc Phoenix can offer!


How can IaaS benefit you?

Test and development.

Your business departments can quickly set up and dismantle test and development environments, bringing new applications to market faster. IaaS makes building dev-test environments up and down quick and economical. Trying to get a new app to market as quickly as possible? IaaS can really help cut costs and save time.

Website hosting.

Running websites using IaaS can be less expensive than traditional web hosting, it also helps with ensuring that your website is running lightning fast.

Storage, backup and recovery.

Organisations avoid the capital outlay for storage and complexity of storage management, which typically requires skilled staff to manage data and meet legal and compliance requirements. IaaS is useful for handling unpredictable demand and steadily growing storage needs. It can also simplify the planning and management of backup and recovery systems.

Web apps.

IaaS provides all the infrastructure to support web apps, including storage, web and application servers, and networking resources. Organisations can quickly deploy web apps on IaaS and easily scale infrastructure up and down when demand for the apps is unpredictable.

High-performance computing.

High-performance computing (HPC) on supercomputers, computer grids or computer clusters helps solve complex problems involving millions of variables or calculations. Examples include earthquake and protein folding simulations, climate and weather predictions, financial modelling and evaluating product designs.

Big data analysis.

Big data is a popular term for massive data sets that contain potentially valuable patterns, trends and associations. Mining data sets to locate or tease out these hidden patterns requires a huge amount of processing power, which IaaS provides economically.

IaaS gives you back so much control and takes away the need for expensive kit that eventually needs replacing. Get the power you need when you need it, without the down falls.

Advantages of IaaS

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Eliminates capital expense and reduces ongoing cost.

IaaS sidesteps the upfront expense of setting up and managing an on-site data centre, making it an economical option for start-ups and businesses testing new ideas.

Improves business continuity and disaster recovery.

Achieving high availability, business continuity and disaster recovery is expensive, as it requires a significant amount of technology and staff. But with the right service level agreement (SLA) in place, IaaS can reduce this cost, meaning you can access applications and data as usual during a disaster or outage.

Innovate rapidly.

As soon as you’ve decided to launch a new product or initiative, the necessary computing infrastructure can be ready in minutes or hours, rather than the days or weeks (and sometimes months) it could take to set up internally.

Respond more quickly to shifting business conditions.

IaaS enables you to quickly scale up resources to accommodate spikes in demand for your application – during the holidays, for example – then scale resources back down again when activity decreases to save money.

Focus on your core business.

IaaS frees up your team to focus on your organisation’s core business rather than on IT infrastructure.

Increase stability, reliability and supportability.

With IaaS, there’s no need to maintain and upgrade software and hardware or troubleshoot equipment problems. With the appropriate agreement in place, the service provider ensures that your infrastructure is reliable and meets SLAs.

Better security.

With the appropriate service agreement, a cloud service provider can provide security for your applications and data that may be better than what you can attain in-house.

Gets new apps to users faster.

Because you don’t need to first set up the infrastructure before you can develop and deliver apps, you can get them to users faster with IaaS.


Arc Phoenix IaaS

Powered by Nutanix using their Hyperconverged Infrastructure Service

Flexible, cost effective, tailored and secure - all the crucial elements that make-up the cornerstone of IaaS. We have outlined our offering below 'dubbed' T-Shirts which are pre-defined IaaS solutions ready to go with a series of additional modular items to choose from to complement and improve from the standard offering. All solutions are fixed cost!

Get in touch was today to find out more.


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