Review of the Top IaaS Providers on the Market

One of the key factors to achieving a successful IaaS cloud migration strategy is finding the right Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider. An IaaS provider whose capabilities align with your company’s unique array of needs and objectives will boost your chances of attaining a good ROI.

Finding the right Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, one whose capabilities align with your company’s unique array of needs and objectives, is key to achieving a successful IaaS cloud migration strategy. Ideally, each organization should have its criteria to find the right match.

What is IaaS?

IaaS is one of the primary forms of cloud computing service models that deliver on-demand on-premises IT infrastructure services to consumers via the Internet. An organization leveraging IaaS doesn’t require an on-premise data center since fundamental servers, virtualization, network, and storage gets handled by the cloud service provider (CSP).

With IaaS, you no longer need to procure and manage your own hardware and software or even space to host them. This way, IaaS shifts all the IT teams’ maintenance processes in organizations to the CSP, where all the costs get computed based on a “pay-as-you-go” pricing model.

IaaS ensures consumers have complete control of their infrastructure by providing a dashboard or application programming interface (API) to deploy and manage the IT infrastructure. Like other “as-a-service” cloud models such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-as-a-service(PaaS), IaaS is scalable and upgradable.

IaaS Use Cases

IaaS allows organizations to set up test and development environments easily. Instead of acquiring the infrastructure required for testing, companies can utilize the highly scalable infrastructure of their IaaS provider that’s easy to set up and can be dismantled later on.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery can be too expensive and complicated for most companies. IaaS allows them to store data off-site and replicate it across multiple locations without hiring a dedicated team. The provider is responsible for managing data storage, backups, and recovery plans.  

High-Performance Workloads 

High computing workloads require supercomputers or computer clusters, such as genomics, weather forecasting, and oil and gas simulations. IaaS can provide fully-managed High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments for HPC workloads on usage-based pricing. 

Big Data Analytics 

Big Data is at the heart of modern marketing, but storing and processing such massive volumes of data to identify patterns and trends requires virtually unlimited storage and huge computational power. IaaS can provide these resources and integrate them with BI tools to drive actionable insights through Big Data Analytics. 

Key factors to Pick an IaaS provider

Since most organizations have understandably limited knowledge of the full capabilities of each cloud provider out there, it might be difficult for them to draw up a realistic set of criteria that would match what IaaS providers could offer. You can simplify that problem by comparing IaaS providers based on the following key factors combined with your own criteria:

Top IaaS providers in the market

Let’s now look at the top IaaS providers in the market today and discuss how they fare against the basic criteria we outlined earlier.

Amazon AWS

As the first to offer IaaS (and cloud computing services for that matter), Amazon Web Services or AWS continues to be a leader in the industry, introducing new technologies and services at breakneck speed.

Microsoft Azure

Although Azure entered the cloud market much later than AWS, it posted higher growth rates. And because it’s from Microsoft, it’s able to leverage the fanbase of well-established products like Windows and Office.

Google Compute Engine

Google Compute Engine’s revenue is not yet at par with those other two IaaS providers up there. However, it’s been making significant strides in specific industries like retail, education, and finance, where it can tie up with other Google products like Adwords and Chromebooks.

Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud’s main clientele is in mainland China. However, it has a global infrastructure consisting of 63 availability zones in 21 regions, making it a formidable player in the IaaS space.

Oracle Cloud

Aside from the usual compute, storage, networking, and database services, Oracle cloud is known to offer (as an option) products and services as an integrated set. This lowers costs and deployment time.

Parallels RAS Supports Multiple IaaS Service Providers

Each of these IaaS providers has its strengths. You will want to pick AWS to access the widest range of services or Azure if you want an IaaS provider that tightly integrates with Microsoft solutions. You will likely also want Alibaba Cloud if you operate in China. There are several reasons for selecting any one of these vendors.

There are also an increasing number of organizations that are now shifting to a multi-cloud strategy. A multi-cloud strategy allows you to take advantage of the individual strengths of each cloud provider while also mitigating the risk of vendor lock-in.

If you pursue a multi-cloud strategy, it is also essential to make sure the solutions you work with are built for this kind of architecture. A perfect solution for a multi-cloud infrastructure is Parallels RAS, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that delivers applications and virtual desktops to any device, anytime, anywhere. It supports on-premises, hybrid, and public clouds (including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud).

Parallels RAS can be easily deployed on a variety of IaaS cloud environments which it then augments in terms of security, scalability, and availability. By deploying Parallels RAS on these IaaS clouds or in a multi-cloud infrastructure, you can deliver applications, desktops, and other digital assets to your users (regardless of where and what device they are using) in a secure and cost-efficient manner.

Make the most of what your IaaS provider can offer with Parallels RAS!

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