What is IaaS?

What is IaaS?

Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS) is one of the cloud computing solutions available on the market. It provides IT resources over the network, offering on-demand access to computing power and storage space. Since the user does not need to manage hardware maintenance, IaaS saves valuable time for companies, and offers more flexibility.


IaaS definition: how does it work?

Infrastructure as-a-Service involves outsourcing IT resources to a cloud service provider. The provider hosts the hardware, software and network (bandwidth, IP addresses, etc.) in one of its datacentres. They maintain it, and deliver the infrastructure’s performance to their customers via their network (public or private).

However, the user retains control over their projects and their data. Although the provider is responsible for maintaining the hardware, the customer is responsible for managing the applications and services hosted on it. They must also be able to organise their virtual infrastructure to optimise their own projects (virtualisation, containerisation, etc.).

The billing model for Infrastructure as-a-Service is pay-as-you-go — so you only pay for what you use. Rates are generally calculated on an hourly, daily or monthly basis, depending on the nature of the services used.

Different types of Infrastructure as-a-Service for your projects

Public IaaS includes the resources that all the provider’s customers can use. It is a catalogue of services that users order to fit their needs.

Private IaaS is like creating a virtual private datacentre for a customer. All of the resources present are dedicated to the user.

Hybrid IaaS is a combination of the two previous versions. With a hybrid IaaS solution, the user can maintain control over their critical applications and services, while getting on-demand resources to meet specific requirements.

These three types of IaaS offer a wide range of possibilities:

  • Developing and testing software.
  • Hosting one or more complex websites.
  • Building a recovery network for your data (backups and storage).
  • Deploying web applications.
  • Setting up machine learning programmes.
  • Implementing big data processing.

Why choose Infrastructure as-a-Service?

There are several advantages to outsourcing or migrating your IT infrastructure to a service provider:

  • Since the maintenance of your cloud infrastructure is the cloud provider’s responsibility, you can focus on your core business.
  • Cloud technology is highly scalable, so you can add the resources you need, whenever you need them. This means you can be highly responsive to traffic spikes. It also makes it easier to scale your IT resources for your projects.
  • You retain control of your sensitive data.
  • IaaS offers great predictability in managing your budget. With pay-as-you-go billing, you can anticipate your IT expenses.
  • Since the provider’s mission is to upgrade their solutions, you will benefit from the latest market innovations for your projects.
  • You get optimal security for your business continuity. IaaS providers are typically bound by a Service Level Agreement (SLA), which means they must protect your IT services to ensure their availability. They also facilitate access to your data in the event of an incident.

How it differs from PaaS and SaaS

IaaS, together with PaaS and SaaS, are the three main types of cloud service available on the market.

PaaS (Platform as-a-Service) is a platform that the service provider delivers to its customers. The service provider is responsible for hardware maintenance, and the user only pays for their use of the platform. This type of cloud service is generally intended for developers and programmers. Since they need support for their business, they can focus on their tasks without having to worry about the infrastructure. The cloud platform is a service that simplifies the day-to-day work of experts.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a solution for using a web application managed by the cloud provider. The provider manages software updates, patches and monitoring. The user can access their software via a dashboard or API. The main advantage of this mode is that it is easy for all users to access the cloud application. This means you do not need to install it locally on a common terminal — you only need to manage your teams’ user licences.

IaaS by OVHcloud

We offer different types of Infrastructure as-a-Service solutions.

  • Public Cloud: Consolidates secure solutions for everything from standard to large-scale deployment. Get an easy-to-use on-demand model with transparent billing. With this public cloud solution, you get additional resources for your projects (container orchestration software, data storage, analytics tools, etc.).
  • Hosted Private Cloud: Your private datacentre, managed by our experts. You get high-performance solutions for your infrastructure. With VMware, you can virtualise your environments in our datacentres around the world in a simple, optimised way. This private cloud solution is also SecNumCloud certified, guaranteeing an optimal level of security for your data.
  • Hybrid Cloud: Get our scalable cloud solution, combined with the power of bare metal. For your most advanced projects which require performance and high availability, you can rely on this custom hybrid cloud architecture. With this flexible model, you can get optimal capacities (CPU, RAM, disk space, network, etc.) for systems and applications with high workloads.

For more than 20 years, we have been working to create a sovereign European cloud. By hosting your data on the OVHcloud trusted cloud, you retain total control of it. Join our ecosystem of providers, partners and customers, and we can move forward together towards a responsible cloud.