IaaS Characteristics, IaaS Classifications and IaaS Vendors
IaaS has helped improving the infrastructure allocation and utilization. The key characteristics of IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) are:
IaaS is generally accepted to comply with the following main characteristics:
- Resources are provided as a service
- Allows for dynamic scaling and elasticity
- Has a variable cost, usage based pricing model (pay per go and pay per use)
- Has multi-tenet architecture, includes multiple users on a single piece of hardware
- IaaS typically has enterprise grade infrastructure
IaaS Classifications: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud (Cloud classification is based on the basis of the resting infrastructure)
- Private Cloud – IaaS on a private network dedicated for a company or a group of companies deployed inside the firewall of them. Analogy of a private cloud is a ‘Company cab’. Private Cloud is considered as a most secured IaaS offering.
- Public Cloud – IaaS service deployed over the internet; for firms to pay and use the service. Analogy of a public cloud is the utility services such as electricity, gas and water.
- Hybrid Cloud – a combination of both – private cloud and public cloud in an organization.
Exhibit 1: Cloud Classifications
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IaaS Vendors (Cloud Vendors) – Leading IaaS vendors include: