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.
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 Managed Hosting, and IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS).
- A complete list of Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions is available here.
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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Overview
What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Solutions?
Platform as a service (PaaS) software is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud. It provides 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.
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
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is similar to Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (PaaS), in that is provides services to consumers over the Internet.
IaaS operates at a very fundamental level, providing the basic building blocks for cloud services. IaaS can be thought of as the provisioning of basic cloud infrastructures like virtualized servers, storage, and networking in an on-demand model. This on-demand model 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. These resources 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.
Pricing models vary quite a bit, but the basic structure is usually price per user per month, with different tiers based on differing factors such as the number of custom app objects, or number of servers. Some vendors provide a free tier, but per user, pricing varies from $50 per month per user to $750 per user per month or more, depending on platform capabilities.
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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.
Google Compute Engine is an Infrastructure as a Service product that competes directly with AWS.
Rackspace, headquartered in San Antonio, offers a number of managed hosting solutions and managed IT infrastructure services, including website hosting, dedicated servers, managed private cloud services, and other services supporting IT infrastructure with dedicated resources and optional servic...
SoftLayer, now an IBM company, offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as the company's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) which combines the elasticity and utility of public cloud with the granular control, security, and predictability of on-premises infrastructure to deliver performance and availability.
Sungard Availability Services (or IaaS Cloud) is the infrastructure as a service available from financial services company Sungard, in Pennsylvania.
Media Temple in Culver City, California offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS), via its IaaS Cloud.
IBM Cloud bare metal servers are high-performance cloud servers configurable in hourly and monthly options, on-demand, around the globe -- with the most complete selection of standard features and services for small businesses and enterprise demands. Customize your RAM and SSDs to meet a variety ...
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 ...
HPE OneSphere is a cloud management platform, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. OneSphere replaces HPE Helion CloudSystem as HPE's flagship cloud management platform.
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.