Best Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions
- Top Rated Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions include: DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine, and Amazon Web Services.
- Other Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions on the TrustMap include: Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS).
- A complete list of Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions is available here.
TrustMaps are two-dimensional charts that compare products based on satisfaction ratings and research frequency by prospective buyers. Products must have 10 or more ratings to appear on this TrustMap, and those above the median line are considered Top Rated.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Overview
What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Software?
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is similar to its Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (PaaS) brethren, in that is provides services to consumers over the Internet. SaaS is probably the best understood of these three; Software applications running on remote servers are accessed using a web browser. PaaS is a similar idea, but operates at a lower level providing a platform on which software can be developed and deployed. The platform handles the complexity around operating systems and servers and leaves application developers free to concentrate on the business requirements of the software.
IaaS is similar but operates at an even more fundamental level providing the basic building blocks for cloud services. IaaS can be thought of as the provision of basic cloud infrastructure like virtualized servers, storage, and networking in an on-demand model, which can easily scale up and down to meet demand. Instead of having to spend capital resources on hardware and infrastructure, rapidly scalable, and secure infrastructure components are accessible over the Internet, and paid for based on consumption, as in a utility model like electricity or water.
Some providers also offer other components above the virtualization layer like databases and messaging queues, but these are not standard components.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Features & Capabilities
- Uptime percentage offered in SLA
- Ease of scaling up or down in response to consumer needs
- Administration automation for deploying and managing virtual desktops and servers
- Elastic load balancing whereby resources are balanced and distributed automatically across multiple virtual computers
- Preconfigured templates for virtual machines
- Monitoring tools providing alerts when problems are detected
- Customized machine images
- Range of operating systems available as preconfigured images
- Compliance with security protocols like SSL and AES
Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
Amazon S3 is a commonly used cloud object storage solution.
DigitalOcean is the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) available from the company of the same name in New York.
The IBM Cloud platform weaves together services, infrastructure and data to rapidly bring ideas to production. The vendor’s value proposition is that it simplifies the process of building systems that use data to understand, reason, and learn.
Google Compute Engine is an Infrastructure as a Service product that competes directly with AWS.
SoftLayer, now an IBM company, offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offers cloud management capabilities.
Sungard Availability Services (or IaaS Cloud) is the infrastructure as a service available from financial services company Sungard, in Pennsylvania.
CenturyLink Cloud is a platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service from CenturyLink; the service is partially based on technology acquired with Tier 3 (2013).
NaviCloud, from Time Warner Cable company NaviSite, is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.
OnRamp headquartered in Austin, Texas offers HIPAA compliant infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).
Jelastic is the platform-as-a-service or infrastructure-as-a-service offering from the company of the same name in Palo Alto, California.
eApps is the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or PaaS from the company of the same name in Norcross, Georgia.
Cloud Enterprise from HOSTING in Denver, Colorado is infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Amplidata offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS); Amplidata is now owned by HGST, a Western Digital company.
9STAR’s Elastic SSO® Team Edition is an enterprise-grade secure single sign-on access cloud software appliance. It enables enterprise customers to provision, host and manage enterprise user identities securely in the cloud for secure access. Staff, business partners, customers, and external users...
9STAR’s Elastic SSO® Enterprise Edition (or ESSO) is an enterprise-grade secure single sign-on access software appliance. The appliance is designed for customers who want to leverage and extend their existing on-premises identity management and authentication infrastructure. ESSO integrates with...
Teklinks is the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering from the company of the same name in Homewood, Alabama.
Bit Refinery is a platform-as-a-service or infrastructure-as-a-service (PaaS, IaaS) from the company of the same name in Colorado.
Cogeco Peer 1 is a platform and infrastructure as a service (PaaS, IaaS) from Cogeco Peer 1 Hosting in Vancouver.
InstaCompute from Indian company Tata Communications is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.
VMRacks headquartered in San Marcos, California offers HIPAA compliant web hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for a virtual lab environment.
Aptible in Brooklyn, New York offers a HIPAA compliant platform & infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).