What does Infrastructure as a Service mean?

If you’re looking into how you can cost-effectively future-proof your computing infrastructure, you’ve probably heard of Infrastructure as a Service – also known as IaaS. In this blog post, we’re going to explain what Infrastructure as a Service is and cover a few of the key benefits.

What does Infrastructure as a Service mean? Infrastructure as a Service is an instant cloud computing infrastructure. IaaS delivers fundamental cloud computing infrastructure to consumers on-demand on a subscription service.

With Infrastructure as a Service, your business can use essential computer components (such as servers, firewalls, and storage) without actually having to purchase them. Instead, you can pay for the computing infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go service. That’s one of the advantages of Infrastructure as a Service, of course, but here are some of the other benefits to note.

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Advantages of Infrastructure as a Service

Using Infrastructure as a Service can be extremely beneficial to your business. There are a lot of notable benefits, such as:

  • Reduced infrastructure costs
  • Easier, cost-effective scaling
  • Increased security
  • Fewer upfront costs

Here’s a breakdown of each benefit in some more detail.

Reduced infrastructure costs

Using Infrastructure as a Service, you can reduce the costs of creating and adding to your network infrastructure. Instead of purchasing your network equipment, you can pay for it on a subscription basis instead. By paying for your infrastructure on a monthly or yearly basis, the costs of adding computing components to your network are reduced significantly.

With Infrastructure as a Service, you only pay for the computing infrastructure that you require. For instance, you only pay for the amount of storage that you actually require. As your needs increase and you require more storage, you simply start paying for more. You don’t have the expense of purchasing hardware that might not meet your requirements in a couple of years.

Easier, cost-effective scaling

Versus purchasing and maintaining your own on-site hardware, it is much easier and cheaper to scale using IaaS. Using IaaS is easier and more cost-effective in numerous ways:

  • Hosted computing infrastructure can be provisioned and ready to use within hours. If you were purchasing equipment and managing it onsite, provisioning could take days, weeks, or even months.
  • Adding new on-site hardware is very expensive, requiring a large upfront investment in most cases. Using IaaS, you pay for the cloud infrastructure on a subscription basis rather than having to pay a large fee upfront.

Increased security

As long as you have the right agreement in place with your Infrastructure as a Service provider, you can expect more comprehensive security than you could ever manage for your on-site hardware. Cloud service providers are likely able to offer much better security than you can feasibly manage in-house, so you can rest assured that your cloud computing infrastructure is as secure as can be.

Fewer upfront costs

With Infrastructure as a Service, there are very few upfront costs. You might be expected to pay fees such as an admin fee or a setup fee for your cloud computing infrastructure. However, you don’t have the expense of having to purchase hardware such as servers and firewalls.

The upfront costs are significantly lower if you go down the Infrastructure as a Service route rather than purchasing your own computing infrastructure.

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