Infrastructure as a Service
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A collaboration between big science and big business, Helix Nebula joins the forces of leading IT providers and three of Europe’s leading research centres, and has now received €1.8 million funding from the European Commission
Hexagrid is steadily broadening its footprint in the cloud IaaS market. The cloud enablement solutions provider entered into two new partnerships this week, and introduced new Unovie versions of its IaaS platform at Interop IT conference in Mumbai, India.
Hexagrid has signed a technology partnership agreement with Boston Limited, a leading distributor and integrator of server and storage solutions, to offer complete pre-packaged IaaS clouds as an optimized solution delivery model that advances and simplifies the adoption of private cloud.
In our previous posts on cloud computing we’ve provided an extensive overview of IaaS, its potential benefits and pitfalls to companies, as well as the types of organizations and business models that are considered ideal for cloud IaaS. Today we are putting the spotlight on top 10 organizations providing cloud computing infrastructure as a service with a quick overview of their offerings.
The leader and one of the pioneers of cloud computing Amazon, offers cloud services such as Amazon S3 or Amazon Simple Storage Service, Amazon SimpleDB and Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS). The service which granted them the leading position in the cloud industry is their EC2, or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, which allows customers to set up and access virtual servers through a simple Web interface. Amazon EC2 allows customers to quickly scale capacity as their computing requirements change, and pay only for the capacity they actually use.
Amazon EC2 is designed to work in conjunction with Amazon’s other cloud services, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Simple DB, Cloudfront, Simple Queue Service (SQS), and Elastic MapReduce.
Infrastructure as a Service provides the ideal environment for running applications that are resource intensive and require elasticity. Non-mission critical applications, online gaming sites, multi tenant software applications, online advertising networks, video sharing sites, as well as social media applications are some examples of what should be considered for Infrastructure as a Service.
Traditional enterprise applications which are not multi tenant applications can be hosted in the cloud. However, the associated cost with cloud assessment, migration and support may outweigh the benefits of porting these applications to an IaaS vendor. In our experience, the organizations that have benefited most from Infrastructure as a Service shared the following characteristics or business needs:
Elasticity: These organizations need the scalability to deploy many instances of the application since they may not have standard metrics to judge the success or growth of the application within the user community. Gaming sites, mobile applications, social media sites and gaming application vendors that do not have an established history of server and software resources needed are ideal for IaaS. IaaS can provide the scalability in the event that the application is a big success without having the financial and resource commitment of dedicated hosting or managed hosting services.