The cloud is supposed to be simple. After all, it’s just a massive computing utility that can do nearly anything, isn’t it?
The deeper you look, though, the more intricate it all becomes.
There are three major cloud service platforms which adds to this confusion. You can think of these services as comprising a stack. Let’s work our way up, starting with the lowest level.
IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service sounds pretty straightforward. Customers don’t have to have servers, storage and related network infrastructure on-premises. Instead, this is all hosted by a cloud provider and you essentially pay a rental fee. In the beginning, these were raw services based on bare-metal servers and unconfigured storage. It was up to the customer to set the infrastructure up with operating systems, apps and the like. Continue Reading…