Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions

Best Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions include:

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers, Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, IBM Cloud Object Storage, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud Virtual Servers.

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solutions Overview

What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Solutions?

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) software is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud. It provides businesses with a platform on which software can be developed and deployed. IaaS platforms handle 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) is similar to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), in that it provides services to consumers over the Internet. However, out of the three offerings, IaaS takes care of the essentials, allowing users to manage the rest.

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.

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 Software Comparison

When considering different IaaS platforms, consider the following aspects of each product offering.
  1. Scalability: IaaS platforms are cloud-based, meaning they provide easier scalability compared to on-premises options. Despite this, most providers have a maximum and minimum threshold that limits scaling up and down. Scalability should be considered by organizations that need flexibility in how easily they can scale up and down.

  2. Support: IaaS issues or network downtime can result in a significant loss of time for users. A responsive support team is key for organizations that can’t afford to have significant IaaS downtime. Most, but not all IaaS providers offer 24/7 support. It is important to consider an organization’s support needs as well as their preferred support medium (email, phone, etc) when selecting an IaaS platform.

  3. Compatibility: Some organizations use both IaaS and PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions. Some IaaS solutions include PaaS features or integrate with PaaS solutions from the same vendor, while others may even integrate with PaaS solutions from different vendors. Organizations planning on integrating IaaS solutions with other software should consider compatibility.


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 can from as little as $50 per month per user to $750 per user per month or more, depending on platform capabilities. If your organization is currently managing their own on-premise infrastructure, it's a good idea to calculate the current costs associated with doing so when comparing switching to IaaS. Typically, IaaS platforms will be a lower cost alternative.

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service Products

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Joyent Triton
Joyent Triton is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering from Joyent in San Francisco.
DXC Testing and Digital Assurance
DXC Technologies provides their testing as a service suite of services, based on the former CloudLab test-as-a-service services from CSC, which now combines infrastructural support as well as test advisory services as desired.
Advanced Managed Hosting Services
UK company Advanced provides their managed hosting services, including support for applications and data, backup, and security.
Stratoscale Private Cloud Platform (Symphony)
Stratoscale Private Cloud Platform is designed to simplify operational complexity through automated end-to-end infrastructure provisioning of compute, storage and network resources across all enterprise environments.
Windstream Cloud Connect
Windstream Cloud Connect supports Enterprises with secure virtual connectivity to third party cloud resources and applications.
CenturyLink Private Cloud
CenturyLink® Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation™ is a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution that brings VMware’s vSphere®, vSAN™ and NSX® into a natively integrated stack, delivering enterprise grade, globally available hyper-converged-infrastructure based on HPE® with CenturyLink autom…
Bell.One Backup as a Service
Bell.One offers Backup as a Service, providing full disk backup and recovery with data transfer across a secure VPN, as well as fast and easy online recovery.
Bell.One Data Center Hosting
Bell Integrator offers the Bell.One Data Center Hosting option, providing space, power, cooling and security to the enterprise data center.
Kingsoft Elastic Compute (KEC)
Kingsoft Cloud offers Kingsoft Elastic Compute (KEC), a CPU and memory priced IaaS compute and storage service.
Kingsoft Standard Storage Service
Kingsoft Standard Storage Service is an IaaS from Kingsoft headquartered in Beijing with standard and lower infrequent access storage pricing.
NEC Backup as a Service (BaaS)
NEC offers Backup as a Service (BaaS), one of its IaaS offerings.
Netlink Data Center Services
Netlink headquartered in Wisconsin offers their Data Center Services, including colocation, managed hosting, server maintenance and proactive monitoring of server health, backup and restore, as well as other related features.
SoftwareONE BackupSimple
SoftwareONE headquartered in Switzerland offers BackupSimple, a backup as a service providing integrated and consolidated backup across multiple cloud silos and services.
Datapacket is a dedicated server provider that specializes in technology hardware solutions and premium data delivery for bandwidth intensive businesses. It is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering from CDN77. Their servers are fitted with high-end components and unshared 10Gbps ports. Full bandwi…
Stefanini Cloud Services
Stefanini Cloud Services includes a number of IaaS, PaaS, and managed public cloud services for Azure and Microsoft Cloud (e.g. Office 365) in a configurable bundle.
CXD Compute Nodes
CXD Compute Nodes from Cyxtera Technologies headquartered in Addison are pre-configured, hyperconverged infrastructure procured, configured and deployed as a service via CXD, a software powered on-demand provisioning and configuration architecture, accessible via API and web console.
Vultr Bare Metal
Vultr in Matawan offers Bare Metal servers, providing full control with high performance single-tenant dedicated servers.
Amazon Lightsail
Amazon Lightsail is a compute service designed to present an easy-to-use cloud platform that offers everything needed to build an application or website, plus a cost-effective, monthly plan.
Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS)
Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides fast memory and Intel CPUs to help power cloud applications and achieve fast results with low latency. All ECS instances come with Anti-DDoS protection to safeguard data and applications from DDoS and Trojan attacks.
Alibaba Cloud Elastic GPU Service
Alibaba Cloud Elastic GPU Service (EGS) is a GPU-based computing service for scenarios such as deep learning, video processing, scientific computing, and visualization. EGS solutions use the following GPUs: AMD FirePro S7150, NVIDIA Tesla M40, NVIDIA Tesla P100, NVIDIA Tesla P4, and NVIDIA Tesla V10…
Alibaba Cloud Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Alibaba Cloud Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a file storage service for Alibaba Cloud ECS instances, Alibaba Cloud E-HPC and Container Service. It provides standard file access protocols, so the user does not need to modify existing applications. This enables users to have a distributed file syst…
Alibaba Cloud Function Compute
Alibaba Cloud Function Compute is a fully hosted and serverless running environment that takes away the need to manage infrastructure such as servers and enables developers to focus on writing and uploading code.
Arcadier Marketplaces
Arcadier Marketplaces is a marketplace SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) technology. The Arcadier platform is customizable, simple to use, no developers needed, and according to the vendor, only needs a few minutes to set up. The vendor's value proposition is that with the off-the-shelf DIY marketplace …
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect Classic
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect Classic supplies network connectivity and an alternative to the public Internet for access to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
AT&T Synaptic Cloud
AT&T Synaptic Cloud is infrastructure as as service (IaaS).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the core IaaS features that buyers should expect?

IaaS platforms often include specialized features, but the bare essentials that buyers should expect are cloud deployment, virtual machines with customized templates, and a variety of supported operating systems.

Are there any open source or free IaaS platforms?

There are several open source IaaS platforms that provide their entire source code for free. Businesses with skilled developers can implement this code free of charge, though they may still have to pay for cloud hosting.

Do IaaS platforms integrate with PaaS platforms or SaaS software?

IaaS platforms typically offer a suite of integrations, or include an API developers can use to build connectors. Businesses considering purchasing an IaaS should consider what integrations they need and select an IaaS option that supports them out of the box.