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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Infrastructure as a Service is a provision model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations,

including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. The service provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. The client typically pays on a per-use basis. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is similar to SaaS in that a product is offered via the Internet to a client as an on-demand service; but instead of software, IaaS delivers hardware such as servers, network equipment, memory, CPUs, and disk space. An easy way to understand IaaS is to think of website hosting. When one pays a company like Network Solutions or GoDaddy.com to host ones website, one is buying physical space on their servers for ones web files to reside. Using the Internet one can add, remove, or modify those files just as one would if that server was in his office - except in this instance he is working with equipment that may be thousands of miles away. Characteristics and components of IaaS include: Utility computing service and billing model. Automation of administrative tasks. Dynamic scaling. Desktop virtualization. Policy-based services. Internet connectivity. IaaS is one of three main categories of cloud computing service. The other two are Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).Infrastructure as a Service is sometimes referred to as Hardware as a Service (HaaS)

Infrastructure as a service provides cost savings, scale, and flexibility to a business IT

department. Companies with complex applications are perfect candidates to an infrastructure transition from on-premise to IaaS. Many Cloud hosting service providers offer varying services of IaaS. Replacing a business on-premise IT infrastructure by a Cloud IaaS IT infrastructure requires in-depth analysis of cloud service providers and their offerings. So why would you want to pay a monthly fee for hosted equipment instead of just having it in-house? Reasons why companies are turning to IaaS: Scalability Just as with SaaS, IaaS is a pay-as-you-go model which allows you to scale up or down depending on your needs. When it comes to pricey hardware, you can save a lot by buying only what you use. Disaster Recovery Fire, theft, malfunctioning sprinklers there are a myriad of ways to lose equipment and data. With IaaS your hardware and the data located on them are housed in secure data centres which are mirrored, backed up, and typically come with a Service Level Agreement which makes getting your services back up and running in the event of a disaster the vendors problem and not yours. Time Back With your infrastructure being hosted offsite you free up your IT staff to focus on valueadded tasks such as planning and development, instead of running around patching machines and fixing bugs. Examples of IaaS include Amazon Web Services and Flexiscale.

Critical Benefits of IaaS in 2011 Infrastructure as a Service has an abundance of benefits and 2011 promises to be a year in which IaaS use increases. IaaS is still a questionable decision for some CIO's and other executives because of the "outsourcing" component associated with it. The risk is apparent, using IaaS means less control. However, the "control lost", may prove to be safer and more efficient in a cloud environment. Infrastructure as a Service done the right way, can dramatically improve the performance of your infrastructure and provide cost saving benefits, which is on top of the CIO's "to-do" list this year; every year for that matter. Below are some of the primary advantages of IaaS and how they will be critical this year: Scalability The ability to scale IT resources so that they can be used to their maximized efficiency. The high and low peak times of your IT infrastructure are no longer using equal amounts of energy and labour with IaaS. That sentence is appealing enough to get the attention of CIO's. Scale is everything in modern IT management and leaders will look to IT management for answers. How do we operate with more scalability? IaaS providers have already doctored up value driven prescriptions for an enterprise to dip their feet in the scalable cloud. Conversations will start based merely on the intrigue of improved scalability. Cost Reduction

There are many features of IaaS that organizations can exploit to save costs: reduced energy consumption by using a more efficient per use model; decrease capital expenditures by housing the hardware offsite; save on internal labour hours by passing various tasks to the provider who utilizes more automation; According to a recent Gartner Webinar on the Hyper competitive IT Market - cost is still the number one concern for IT executives in 2011. Over the past few months, the connectivity costs that halted some IaaS services in the past, are becoming more affordable. The possibility of saving money with IaaS services is all about talking with IaaS providers and finding the right fit. Automation Automating some of the daily tasks that bog down internal IT teams is a benefit of IaaS that produces quick results. IaaS can increase the automation in a given environment and decrease internal labor hours. 2011 is a challenging year for CIO's as they look to do more with less and automation is the key to confidently face that challenge. it frees an organization to leverage and focus their time and resources in bringing innovations in applications and solutions

Other Benefits of Iaas Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is one of the three main categories of cloud computing service. Top benefits of IaaS are discussed below: 1) Hassle free service Each infrastructure component is provided as a service. For ex: hardware as-a -service , server as-a -service, computing as-a -service, storage as-a service . 2) Utility Service IaaS follows a utility service model pay per use / pay per go subscription based model. Availability of ready to go IaaS offerings with limited time for implementation and customization (if provided) 3) Multiple tenets Service provisioning includes multiple users accessing same piece of infrastructure 4) Investment Cap More beneficial for companies with limited capital to invest in hardware and infrastructure.. 5) Metered Service IaaS usage is metered and priced on the basis of units (or instances) consumed. Pay for what you use and when you use. 6) Flexible offering - Access infrastructure from anywhere, any location on any device 7) Enables Green IT Reduced environment effect with optimum use of IT resources and systems, hence adds to the Green IT initiatives for an organization. A Few Providers of IaaS are: Cisco Unified Service Delivery (USD) Enables Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cisco provides products, technologies, and designs that form the foundation for service providers (SP) worldwide to offer new, higher value services such as Infrastructure as-aService (IaaS). These products and technologies can facilitate service providers in delivering business-class IT services that capitalize on their IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) and data centre assets.

IaaS enabled by Cisco technology helps service providers to offer their customers the flexibility of capacity on-demand, at scale with multi tenancy capabilities to amortize their infrastructure across multiple customers. IaaS also helps accelerate the service provider cloud computing operational model and establish a competitive position for future cloud services. VMware VCloud Express vCloud Express is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering delivered by leading VMware service provider partners. It is a co-branded service that provides reliable, on-demand, payas-you-go infrastructure. This class of service allows IT to reduce both capex and resource challenges associated with the fluctuating infrastructure requirements of development teams. Developers can use the vCloud Express service at their convenience to address various infrastructure and programming needs such as experimentation, prototyping and testing - with the robustness, interoperability and reliability for which VMware is known.

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As a chosen outsourcing partner for organizations hosting mission critical applications, Netmagic Solutions provides the depth and breadth of expertise to professionally manage your critical IT infrastructure. With our infrastructure as a service India based enterprises can enjoy immense financial benefits such as

Cost reduction of between 20-30% of IT operations Decoupling of IT costs from people and linked directly to Infrastructure Bring predictability to the IT costs Netmagic's Cloud Computing is Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS. Know our Service Level Agreements which ensure that you can depend upon our cloud computing infrastructure as a service.

FUJITSU INFRASTRUCTURE-AS-A-SERVICE TRANSFORMS FUJITSUS UK OPERATIONS Following the merger of Fujitsu companies in the UK and Ireland, Fujitsus IT department conducted a comprehensive review of its IT infrastructure looking at a number of factors including operational flexibility, the consolidation of systems from previously separate businesses, for improved reliability, cost effectiveness and a much lower environmental impact. THE CUSTOMER Fujitsu helps its customers to reduce costs, adapt to change and improve operational efficiencies through the use of IT. Fujitsu is a world leading provider of IT services and products, employing 14,000 people in the UK and Ireland, with annual revenues of 2 billion. THE CHALLENGE

Fujitsu needed to replace the IT infrastructure for the internal business systems used by Fujitsus UK staff but also wanted to reduce costs and create a lower carbon footprint. THE SOLUTION Fujitsu now uses its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) trusted cloud service to host its business systems on a shared infrastructure with the security, resilience and performance required for live business systems hosting. BUSINESS BENEFITS CAPEX SAVING Fujitsu saved 3M by using IaaS instead of buying new servers and storage systems. REDUCED COSTS hosting costs reduced by 20%. FASTER DEPLOYMENT additional server and storage capacity, available in hours rather than months for faster business project implementations. NO IT LIMITS being able to call off additional resources in hours, means that the business is never constrained by a shortage of server or storage capacity. NO RESIDUAL COSTS as the IT infrastructure can decrease as required, the cost is eliminated when the IT is no longer needed. REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT using IaaS means that the server utilisation will increase from 10% to 70% on average, enabling approximately 85% energy and carbon saving.