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What is IaaS?

In the world of business, it can seem that there are more acronyms than actual words when discussing company strategy and process. Acronyms are usually used to shorten complicated terms and make them easier to understand, however, it can at times, just complicate things further.

One such term is IaaS. If you work in IT you’ve most definitely heard this term by now but what does it mean? Well, IaaS stands for Infrastructure as a Service. When you think infrastructure in technology terms, the first thing that might come to mind is servers, cables and networks. Physical items that you can see and touch. This is where IaaS differs.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is an instant computing infrastructure, provisioned and managed over the Internet. So your data and files are managed virtually rather than physically on servers.

What can IaaS do?

With IaaS it takes some of the heavy lifting off you while still leaving you with the control to manage how you operate.

Typetec will manage all your servers, storage, networking, firewall and the physical data centre, if necessary. While you keep authority over your applications, data, operating systems and middleware.

But what does that mean for you and your business? Well, we’ve worked with several customers to migrate their hardware to the cloud. Some of the most common scenarios companies utilise include:

Test and development: Want to test a new system out? We can easily set up and dismantle test and development environments. Making it a quick and economical to scale up and down dev-test environments.

Website hosting: Running websites using IaaS can be less expensive than traditional web hosting.

Storage, backup and recovery: You avoid the capital outlay for storage and complexity of storage management, which typically requires a 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 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. You 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 economically provides.

Why use IaaS?

Infrastructure as a Service is not a solution in a box service but rather a consulting service meaning each organisation will have a slightly different solution depending on their business needs. But why use IaaS and what benefits will it have for your company?

Faster Deployment: With IaaS you can develop and deploy quicker as it’s all virtually configured.

Lower the risk of business innovation: With the ability to develop and test opportunities in the cloud before making it live you can evaluate proof of concept. Giving you the chance to innovate without the risk of high development costs if it doesn’t work.

Scale and Reach: Most small to medium businesses will have peaks and dips when it comes to certain times of the year. IaaS allows you to scale as you grow. Granting you the ability to pay for what you need, only when you need it.

Intelligent IT costs: Utilising the cloud flexibility and metered service of IaaS you can calculate and control your costs a lot easier. Giving you the ability to turn on and off computing power when you need it and when you don’t.

Want to find out more?

Do you want to talk more in detail about what IaaS solution could be develop for your business? You can contact myself or our expert Business Solutions team: sales@typetec.ie.


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