Compared to the other “as a service” offerings, IaaS has the largest margin for flexibility and management. As a result, more enterprises can rely on external providers to manage security, servers, storage and networking on a pay-as-you-go basis. With fewer complexities and expenses associated with IT infrastructure upkeep, businesses are increasingly leveraging IaaS vendors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure to achieve greater flexibility and agility.
Cut the cord with serverless computing.
Serverless computing, also referred to as Function as a Service (FaaS), is a model in which business developers are relieved from the need to worry about infrastructural and operational details. If an application is being developed with the assistance of an IaaS provider, the developer is still responsible for coding the new application, testing it, renting infrastructure and planning a strategy for scalability.
However, with FaaS, once the developer uploads the code, the provider takes care of the rest and handles all of the server maintenance and scaling. Together, Faas and IaaS cloud computing create a new level of efficiency where developers can spend less time and resources writing code from scratch.
Clear a path for AI and machine learning.
From digital assistants to chatbots, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has evolved the ways consumers and businesses interact. In 2016, we witnessed a rapid influx of AI improvements due to the rising availability of inexpensive cloud computing services:
- Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine provides modern machine learning services for unmatched application, speed and accuracy.
- Amazon offers a portfolio of services, including Amazon Lex, to build conversational interfaces using voice and text.
- Microsoft’s Cortana Intelligence Suite supplies powerful cloud-based analytics.
In the future, AI may help providers offer even better services around storage, security and optimization through IaaS.
Business benefits of IaaS
IaaS enables businesses to quickly scale and launch applications without having to stress about purchasing and managing expensive hardware on premises. Additional advantages include:
- Storage, backup and recovery: An instant, off-site and reliable IT environment
- Flexible options: Anytime, anywhere access and customizable storage capacity
- Pay-as-you-go computing: Clients only pay for what they use
- Fast turnarounds: Quick deployment of necessary infrastructure and updates