What is an example of IaaS

15 examples of Infrastructure Software as a Service (IaaS)

What is IaaS?

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is another form of cloud-based service. Essentially, it refers to using a remote infrastructure based on subscriptions. This model allows users to “rent” the infrastructure, eliminating the need to invest in and maintain their own.

In particular, the resources referred to are virtualized computer resources and corresponding supporting services. For example, system monitoring, security (not to be confused with small business security), load balancing, backups, and more.

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1. Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a name that comes up a lot whether you think of SaaS, IaaS, or Paas. The company is rightly proud of Azure as it is a dominant force in all three categories.

In IaaS, customers use Azure to provide various configurations of the managed infrastructure. The versatility of these services makes Azure IaaS suitable for a wide variety of business needs.

Rather than focusing on the technological advantage of IaaS, Microsoft has positioned Azure in terms of the business advantages. For example, for compliance, analysis, standardized provision and a lot of flexibility - especially when it comes to costs.

2. Amazon Web Services

Where there is cloud, Amazon is not far away and the company is a top competitor for Microsoft Azure. The brand is highly identifiable with the public cloud and especially with IaaS. The offer covers the entire cloud spectrum.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is easy to use and is known to include a variety of tools. Best of all, it is practically unlimited and gives customers the benefit of flexibility and affordability. These are very important elements as companies scale up.

It has a few drawbacks, however, and a particularly large one concerns the EC2 limits. This can affect business operations depending on how you use the service. Resources can be regionally limited and potentially lead to unintended bottlenecks.

3. InMotionHosting Flex Metal Cloud

With the introduction of the Flex Metal Cloud, InMotion Hosting has diversified its traditional web hosting business model into something exciting. With Flex Metal Cloud, which is based on OpenStacks, users can start small and quickly build a private on-demand cloud platform of any size.

The hosted private cloud offering is the most interesting. This way, their IaaS users can access the hardware that resides under their cloud service on a minimal budget. The entry-level plan includes a cluster of 3 hyper-converged servers for $ 597.60 per month.

Another two components are Ceph Object Storage and Bare Metal as a Service, which cover the storage of company data with error management functions and API provisioning servers.

Also, be sure to read our InMotion Hosting review.

4. Google Cloud Infrastructure

Google has always been known as an innovative company, and its cloud infrastructure business is built along the same lines. With a variety of technologies, Google wants to increase security through layers of depth.

The company owns one of the largest network backbones in the world, seamlessly connecting the massive proliferation of data centers around the world. In essence, it has its own cloud on a global scale - which it is rightly proud of.

Unfortunately, the company has somehow failed to get the support that AWS and Microsoft have seen, and it lags behind these two giants in market share of enterprise cloud services.

Check out these 5 hosting services provided by Google Infrastructure.

5. IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud is another classic example of how top cloud providers cover the full spectrum. The overall product also includes a comprehensive IaaS segment. This includes compute elements, network resources, storage, and more.

The most unique thing about IBM Cloud is the BMaaS (Bare Metal as a Service) offering. This gives their IaaS users unprecedented access to the hardware that resides under their cloud service. Another notable product from the IaaS range is Cloud Object Storage.

Unfortunately, IBM Cloud was less impressive in its own business performance. The company lags far behind the front runners Amazon and Microsoft in terms of cloud market share.

6. Vultr

Vultr aims to simplify the cloud. As much as possible, they try to standardize common tasks through an easy-to-use dashboard while maintaining the scalability inherent in IaaS.

For example, many web applications can be deployed with a single click and you can do almost anything quickly. These aren't just simple apps like WordPress, but also extend to more complex things like entire virtualized servers.

Also check out Cloudways - A PaaS provider built on the infrastructure of Vultr, Digital Ocean and Amazon AWS.

7. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is the IaaS branch of its cloud business. This provides high-performance computing (and other infrastructure) services. The size of OCI allows it to easily meet the needs of large companies.

Thanks to its IaaS structure, Oracle can provide on-demand scalability for enterprise workloads. It does this by combining their other autonomous services. Around everything is a security layer that fits tightly if necessary.

Unfortunately, Oracle has never worked really well with any other vendor, and this shows up in some of their cloud services, down to the tool level.

8. Digital ocean

Many in the web hosting industry may be familiar with providers like Digital Ocean. While Digital Ocean (DO) focuses on web hosting and web application delivery, it is still a good example of a niche IaaS provider.

DO offers users the gradual allocation of various infrastructure resources that they can combine to adapt a cloud to their individual requirements. From droplets to Kubernetes and storage, you can find everything you need here - in any quantity.

Hosting-specific focused cloud platforms DO allows developers to quickly build and deploy powerful websites and applications.

9. ServerCentral

ServerCentral provides computing infrastructure, but not only at the IaaS level. In fact, they go beyond the cloud and include on-premises infrastructure as well if you need to. ServerCentral offers a hybrid platform for IaaS and also acts as an AWS consultant.

The time they have been in the market has enabled them to tightly integrate their range of products making them one of the premium providers for infrastructure requirements. They also help customers migrate from traditional infrastructure to IaaS.

10. Linode

Linode is another example of how an IaaS provider chose the web hosting industry. It's almost identical in concept to what Digital Ocean does, but Linode decided to push the ease of use aspect forward.

It was one of the first companies to introduce a flat pricing model for its IaaS. The result was much greater visibility into cloud fees, allowing companies to plan more precisely, despite the potential elasticity of the product.

Linode comes with an intuitive cloud manager, great API, and documentation that supports it all.

11. Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud, affectionately known as Aliyun, is China's answer to cloud-dominating US companies. The company was founded in Hangzhou, China by the now world-famous Jack Ma and has grown at an unprecedented rate. That's amazing considering it's a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group.

It offers a wide range of cloud services, including IaaS, but also services. Today the reach has increased and Aliyun data centers serve 63 zones around the world. Due to the IaaS structure, the services are of course based on the pay-as-you-go concept.

Aliyun has been recognized by Gartner as ideal for medium to large companies due to its combination of agility and simplified process.

12. Rackspace Open Cloud

Rackspace is now a cloud service company that offers several options in the IaaS space. Their model adapts business solutions to business needs and they have the necessary supporting services to facilitate the transition to cloud adoption.

IaaS options include virtualized services (both HyperVisor and VMware), public cloud deployments from AWS, Azure, Google and OpenStack, private cloud, and even bare metal servers and hybrid clouds.

One of the things that make it easier for companies to join is by providing a simplified control panel through which solutions can be managed. This and their supporting services make them an attractive option compared to the harsh technical challenge of addressing IaaS directly.

13. Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is another big boy who offers practically everything as a service. In fact, they take it to the next level and also offer different solutions within each of these categories - for example in IaaS.

However, their strength lies in helping customers build tightly integrated systems. This means that with HPE you can run anything from local systems to the cloud, as long as it is the right solution for your business.

The company known as the "Composable Cloud Strategy" has several elements that act as the building blocks for whatever you need.

14. Green cloud technologies

Green Cloud Technologies offers a holistic cloud approach that accompanies customers from end to end of the journey. In addition to being an IaaS provider, they also offer comprehensive support, training, and marketing solutions

All of their solutions are fully customizable and offer the usual benefit of IaaS scalability. This way, their solutions can be very targeted depending on your needs. It applies to everything they do, including backup and storage solutions.

15. CenturyLink Cloud

CenturyLink's IaaS is built on VMware and enables you to keep up with applications as intense and complex as you need them to be. It is FedRAMP certified, which makes it available to many federal agencies in certain computer areas.

They use a hybrid IT building block system for what they offer as this gives both them and their customers the maximum flexibility that the cloud offers. Advanced Managed Services are available for those who need help with any of their solutions.

16. Hitachi Enterprise Cloud

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud is the only entry on this list from Japan and supports both VMware and cloud-native environments. Your solution aims at a progress path that is faster and more flexible.

The user can choose whether he wants to use a private or a hybrid cloud for his automation processes and the provision of applications. This pre-configured approach enables customers to save time and money.


Due to the high elasticity of IaaS, it is not only suitable for large companies. However, smaller businesses considering this as an option need to know that related services such as management and consulting often come at a high price.

If you don't have the time and technical expertise to deal with IaaS, it's still something best left to the big guys. On the other hand, smaller, more focused solutions like Linode and Vultr can be a better option.

About Timothy Shim

Timothy Shim is a writer, editor, and tech geek. He started his career in the information technology field and quickly found his way into the print media. Since then he has worked with international, regional and local media outlets such as ComputerWorld, PC.com, Business Today and The Asian Banker. His expertise lies in technology from both a consumer and business perspective.