Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a type of Cloud Computing in which a third-party provider delivers virtualised computing resources (Compute and Storage) over the Internet, which is consumed as a service by the end user (customer).

By moving to IaaS, in essence you are outsourcing your Hardware, Software (Operating System), Servers, Storage and other key infrastructure components to a third-party provider.

The big advantages of IaaS platforms is that they offer good availability, highly scalable resources that can be adjusted on-demand, the automation of day-to-day administrative tasks, system maintenance, and, in most cases backup and recovery planning.

Typically IaaS is charged on a per-use basis (consumption) and comparing IaaS providers on price can be a challenge (This is where Jumeira Consulting can assist). However, this pay-as-you-go model eliminates the capital expense of deploying in-house hardware and software, enabling capital to be directed towards revenue generating activities.

A leading example of IaaS is Microsoft Azure.

What is Microsoft Azure?

In short, Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud platform: a growing collection of integrated services—compute, storage, data, networking, and app—that help you move faster, do more, and save money.

It’s IaaS + PaaS

Microsoft Azure is the only major Cloud platform ranked by Gartner as an industry leader for both Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). This powerful combination of managed and unmanaged services lets you build, deploy, and manage applications any way you like for unmatched productivity.

It’s hybrid ready

Some Cloud providers make you choose between your Datacentre and the public Cloud. Not Microsoft Azure. Its enterprise-proven hybrid Cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds, expanding your IT options without added complexity. With Microsoft Azure, data storage, backup, and recovery become more efficient and economical. It’s also easier to build applications that span both on-premise and the Cloud.

It’s open and flexible

Microsoft Azure supports any operating system, language, tool, and framework— from Windows to Linux, SQL Server to Oracle, C# to Java. It puts the best of Windows and Linux ecosystems at your fingertips, so you can build great applications and services that work with every device.

It’s always up, always on

You’ll share the same enterprise-tested platform that powers Skype, Office 365, Bing, and Xbox. Microsoft Azure offers a 99.95% availability SLA, 24x7 tech support, and round-the-clock service health monitoring.

It’s economical and scalable

Microsoft Azure can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so you only pay for what you use. Per-minute billing and a commitment to match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services like compute, storage and bandwidth means you’re always getting unbeatable price for performance.

It’s located right here in Australia

With all Microsoft Azure services hosted locally here in Australia in two robust and secure Datacentres, also known as Regions (a Southeast Region in Victoria and the East Region in New South Wales) – you can expect vastly improved performance, lower latency and the ability to keep data in-country and compliant.

How can Microsoft Azure help your business?

If you want to focus on running your business and not your technology infrastructure, need data backup solutions, or great performance for your website, Microsoft Azure offers a flexible platform that lets you choose the path that's best for your business, whether that's on-premise, in the Cloud or a hybrid combination.

Working seamlessly with other Microsoft software such as Windows Server, SQL Server and SharePoint, Microsoft Azure helps make the Cloud a seamless part of your IT infrastructure.