Microsoft Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Platform
What is Infrastructure Service (IaaS)?
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is an IT infrastructure provided and managed on the Internet. IaaS is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources on the Internet. Microsoft Azure IaaS offers a variety of platforms to build application and deliver value to your user, from IaaS (infrastructure as a service), platform offerings like managed SQL in PaaS (platform as a service) and fully managed offers in SaaS (software as a service).
Azure IaaS helps you avoid the costs and complexity of purchasing and managing your physical servers and other data center infrastructures. Each feature is offered as a separate service component, and only one rental is required. The cloud service provider manages the infrastructure during purchase, installation, and configuration.
Benefits of IaaS Azure
- Eliminate capital expenditure and reduce current costs.
Azure IaaS offers a fully maintained and scalable data centers throughout the world (known as Azure regions (54 regions worldwide) and (currently available in 140 countries) and eliminates the initial cost of managing it, making it an economical choice for companies and start-ups testing new ideas.
- Improve business continuity and disaster recovery.
Achieving high availability, business continuity and disaster recovery is expensive as it requires a significant amount of technology and personnel. However, with the correct Service level Agreement (SLA), IaaS can reduce this cost and regularly access applications and data in the event of a disaster or disruption.
- Innovate quickly.
Azure offers IAAS on a large scale; with an almost infinite amount of infrastructure available within minutes rather than weeks or months. When you decide to use a new product or initiative, the IT infrastructure you need may be available in minutes or hours instead of days, months or months for internal configuration. This scale allows you to deliver solutions quicker, faster, more often than not and lower cost solutions to provide real value to users and clients.
- Respond more quickly to changes in business conditions.
IaaS enables you to quickly increase resources (with auto-scaling and content delivery networks) to meet the demand levels of applications and users, for example during peak periods (or big sales, considering Black Friday sales), and to reduce them when activities decrease in order.
- Focus on your core business.
Instead of having a team of engineers to manage your on-premise infrastructure, Azure IaaS removes the need for hardware to be managed. This allows your team to focus on their core business and not managing your IT infrastructure.
- Better security
Azure Security and compliance has the following features: Detects and Investigate Security Concerns
- It gets new applications faster for users.
With almost infinite infrastructure availability and availability from anywhere in the globe, Microsoft Azure can save you time and money and most importantly, deploy applications to your user base faster than your traditional on-premise environment.
Common IaaS corporate scenarios
Typical things that companies do with IaaS:
- Testing and development.
Teams can quickly set up and remove test and development environments, and enable new applications to reach the market faster. IaaS makes development test environments faster and cheaper.
- Website Hosting The use of IaaS may be less than the cost of traditional web hosting.
IaaS is cost effective with no system administration skills required. Hosted platforms are a subset of cloud computing that allows you to virtually set up technologies such as web applications.
- Archiving, backup and recovery.
Organizations avoid the complexity of storage management, which requires qualified personnel to manage the data and typically meet data and legal compliance requirements from storage-related capital cost. IaaS is useful for managing unpredictable demand and increasing storage needs. It can also simplify the planning and management of backup and recovery systems.
- Web Applications
IaaS provides all the infrastructure required to support Web applications, including storage, web servers, applications, and network resources. Companies can quickly implement IaaS Web applications and easily scale their infrastructure when the application demand is unpredictable.
- High performance computing.
High-performance computing (HPC) in supercomputer, computer networks, or computer clusters can solve complex problems with millions of variables or calculations. Examples include earthquake and protein folding simulations, climate and weather forecasting, financial models, and product design assessment.
- Big data analysis.
Big data is a popular term for large data sets that contain potentially valid models, trends, and associations. Working with datasets to identify or reveal these hidden models requires a large amount of processing power that IaaS offers at low cost.
Why choose Microsoft Azure IaaS for your infrastructure requirements?
- Protect and manage your workloads with integrated tools
Azure IaaS offers a complete intergrated, intelligent service package for all your security and management needs. Activate Azure Security Center to gain complete visibility into the security status of virtual machines, proactively identify and mitigate risk and quickly detect and respond to advanced threats.
- Safely implement your hybrid cloud strategy
Move beyond connecting your data center to the cloud. Azure IaaS is the only cloud that delivers truly consistent hybrid cloud capabilities across all on-premises and cloud environments.
- Reduce and optimize infrastructure costs
For virtual machines with Azure IaaS, you only pay for the infrastructure you use per second billing, reduce the dedicated Azure VM instances to the workloads you expect, and take advantage of the Azure Hybrid for more savings.
- Quickly provide infrastructure for all your workloads
With Azure IaaS, if critical applications are running on Linux, Windows Server, SAP, or Oracle, Azure IaaS will provide certification and support for these and other workloads, including preferred open source technologies.
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