Since the commercialization of public cloud services, disruptive solutions have transformed the way organizations leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage. The ability to consume unlimited, on-demand, scalable computing power in the cloud gives an enterprise the agility it needs to compete in today’s digital economy.
But migrating to cloud technology can be overwhelming with so many options, services, and deployment models to choose from. In this article, we’ll take a look at how the Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model can help you seamlessly transition to the cloud.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a cloud service model where the platform provider manages the underlying infrastructure. As you move to models like platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS), the cloud provider takes on more responsibility. Although IaaS has a higher management overhead than the other two models, it does have several benefits for organizations. For one, you don’t need to procure any hardware or software. You also don’t need to worry about managing and maintaining the networking, storage, server, and virtualization infrastructure. IaaS also gives you the ability to deploy computing resources rapidly. For example, if you need to commission a server on the Internet, you log into a portal, configure a virtual machine (VM) and its associated infrastructure, and have your server up and running within minutes.
IaaS gives you all the benefits of a real cloud service, allowing you to commission, manage, and maintain your services on demand via a self-service portal. It’s also more cost effective and efficient than hosting infrastructure on premises. Unlimited flexibility is another benefit of IaaS, as you can leverage the scale of the service provider’s platform to increase or decrease your resources as needed. The ability to resize your infrastructure within minutes and only pay for the resources you consume gives you an agile, competitive, and cost-effective way to host your IT services and grow your business.
Overview: IaaS on Azure
Microsoft Azure is one of the global giants in cloud computing and offers world-leading IaaS and PaaS services. Through Azure’s IaaS offering, you can commission infrastructure and avoid the expense and complexity of managing your physical servers and other related data center infrastructure. As IaaS is suitable for almost any type of cloud workload, it’s an excellent model for organizations looking to start their cloud migration journey.
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Azure IaaS requires minimal reconfiguration of existing on-premises services and gives you immediate access to all the benefits of cloud computing. It’s also an excellent platform for test and development environments, as well as website hosting. And if you’re worried about your data, Azure offers other infrastructure-related services such as networking, storage, backup, and recovery. When it comes to cloud workloads that demand a massive amount of computing resources, IaaS on Azure gives organizations access to high-performance computing on demand. This allows you to offload resource-intensive workloads to the cloud, saving you both time and money.