Products, Benefits and Use Cases Offered by Azure IaaS

Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides a comprehensive set of cloud infrastructure resources and services that allows organizations to leverage enterprise-level compute, storage and networking, without the cost and hassle of acquiring and maintaining an on-site IT infrastructure. It provides the flexibility, reliability, security and scalability of the Azure cloud and supports hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.

Definition of IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is one of the three primary models for delivering cloud services, the other ones being Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It gives you instant access to infrastructure resources—compute, network, and storage—as needed. The infrastructure is provisioned and managed by the service provider and delivered through an internet connection. With IaaS, you do not need physical servers or on-premises datacenters. You’re only responsible for handling the OS, applications, data and middleware.

You can create and run virtual machine instances on a hypervisor managed by your service provider and remotely provision them with compute and storage resources. Networking devices such as routers, switches, load balancers and firewalls can also be configured through application programming interfaces (APIs). Basically, you have complete control over your IT infrastructure through a management console, but you don’t have to worry about maintaining it physically.

Use Cases for IaaS

IaaS is useful in a variety of business scenarios including data storage and backups, software development and testing, website hosting, high-performance computing, and big data analytics.

Data storage and backups

Storing data in a centralized server, maintaining it, and scheduling and performing backups for multiple users is expensive and even daunting for organizations working in industries that have strict data protection laws and regulations. IaaS allows organizations to store their data at a centralized location, shifting the burden of backup, recovery and regulatory compliance to the cloud provider. With IaaS, you no longer have to indulge in ongoing datacenter maintenance. Companies that experience seasonal peaks can provision and de-provision resources instantly, as and when required.

Software development and testing

IaaS provides an ideal solution for configuring complex development and testing environments without investing in dedicated resources. Software developers can utilize virtual desktop images pre-configured with the required libraries, tools and runtimes. They can quickly create and decommission as many virtual machines as needed, ensuring rapid development and release cycles. The code is also stored in a centralized location instead of individual devices, ensuring privacy, protecting intellectual property and facilitating team collaborations.

Complex website hosting

Running websites on IaaS provides the reliability and scalability of the cloud at a much cheaper price compared to traditional web hosting. Especially for websites with fluctuating traffic, such as e-stores, businesses can avoid overprovisioning resources to deal with unanticipated traffic hikes. IaaS allows you to provision additional resources instantly during occasional peaks to ensure constant availability. Once the peak is over, you can scale down easily, paying only for the resources consumed. With IaaS, businesses can ensure near-zero downtime, maximize employee productivity and minimize the cost of missed opportunities.

High-performance computing

IaaS is very useful for organizations such as airlines, banks, high-end research labs, and government institutes that deal with high-performance computing workloads involving millions of variables and calculations. For example, simulating a nuclear explosion or an earthquake, finding the optimal flight path combination or predicting the weather requires the computational power of supercomputers or computer grids. With IaaS, scientists and engineers can run resource-intensive workloads without requiring on-premises mainframe supercomputers. IaaS, with its practically endless scale-out capabilities, can provide the compute resources for solving complex problems at a fraction of the cost.

Big data analytics

The term big data refers to the entire ecosystem of gathering, storing and analyzing massive volumes of structured and unstructured data. Big data is an integral component of today’s marketing strategies. But the value of big data lies in recognizing the hidden patterns and associations, which requires enormous processing power. IaaS can provide the storage and compute required for large-scale analytics economically. Businesses can leverage IaaS and integrated business intelligence tools to gain business insights, personalize marketing campaigns and predict market trends.

Advantages of Azure IaaS

Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) allows organizations to embrace the modern workplace and empower their employees by enabling remote and flexible work. From eliminating capital expenditure (CapEx) to ensuring business continuity even during natural catastrophes, Azure IaaS has many benefits to offer:

IaaS Products Offered by Azure

Microsoft’s comprehensive IaaS solution includes:

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