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What is Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)?

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Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 23 2017

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

PART I In case you missed it, there were some public cloud outages during the recent Christmas 2012-holiday season. One incident involved Microsoft Xbox (view the Microsoft Azure status dashboard here) users were impacted, and the other was another Amazon Web Services (AWS) incident. Microsoft and AWS are not alone, most if not all cloud services have had some type of incident and have gone on to improve from those outages. Google has had issues with different applications and services including some in December 2012 along with a Gmail incident that received covered back in 2011. For those interested, here is a link to the AWS status dashboard and a link to the AWS December 24 2012 incident postmortem. In the case of the recent AWS incident which affected users such as Netflix,...
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 22 2017

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

In case you missed it, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has enhanced their cloud services (Elastic Cloud Compute or EC2) along with storage offerings. These include Relational Database Service (RDS), DynamoDB, Elastic Block Store (EBS), and Simple Storage Service (S3). Enhancements include new functionality along with availability or reliability in the wake of recent events (outages or service disruptions). Earlier this year AWS announced their Cloud Storage Gateway solution that you can read an analysis here. More recently AWS announced provisioned IOPS among other enhancements (see AWS whats new page here). Before announcing Glacier, options for Amazon storage services relied on general purpose S3 or EBS with other Amazon services. S3 has provided users the ability to select different...
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Virtustream
Consultant
Solutions Architect / Cloud Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 19 2018

What is most valuable?

All three components of the vCloud Air are equally valuable and important, i.e., IaaS, DaaS. Disaster Recovery is also a great feature that is affordable and easy to use. Disaster Recovery is a great component of the vCloud Air, where you can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The projects that I have delivered on vCloud Air solution for internal VDI desktops and servers during a data center relocation. * DR to be cloud-based using the Replication-as-a-Service to protect around 100 VMs. * Active-passive setup for... more»

What needs improvement?

* I feel the user interface/portal can be improved further. I did experience timeout issues and the UI was performing slowly at times. * Multiple recovery of VMs in the cloud are limited to around 8-10 VMs at a time. I know there have been... more»
User
Founder with 51-200 employees
Dec 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Bidding on instances with dynamic pricing. So, I can do something that is not critical in terms of speed, like a production system, but testing and bid at an uber low price, and I will usually get what I want.

How has it helped my organization?

It improves the speed for us to access vendors, etc. AWS is extremely slow over the internet. Where we have GigE fiber over dedicated OC48 links, and when ping times to Dallas, TX from San Francisco is 30ms RTT on average, AWS is always 20ms... more»

What needs improvement?

The network is way overloaded. Comcast is overloaded. So between the two, it sucks. I am used to Level [software defined networking] as engineers today do not understand networking, TCP/IP, or anything. I was 18 during the .com bust, but I... more»
Real User
Mobile Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The time-to-market. Once you master the technology, you can create running, mobile back-ends in a few weeks. Additionally, it easily enables integration with legacy environments (like connecting to existing servers).

How has it helped my organization?

When mobile is a necessity for an already-running corporate system, you do not want to lose time setting up a whole new environment and platform. You need something that can help you easily put in place all the scaffolding you need, and... more»

What needs improvement?

Scalability is definitely in need of improvement. Azure is a very good solution but it still lacks the performance of other cloud platforms.
Consultant
IT Strategy & Change Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Accelerates innovation through fast experimentation cycles in an agile, flexible, and scalable platform.

How has it helped my organization?

Enables fast prototyping, simulation, and rapid deployment of infrastructure configurations. Has low risk exploration of new architectural paradigms and technologies (FaaS, Containers, IoT, and Machine Learning) and is easy to integrate with... more»

What needs improvement?

Considering the rate of innovation of AWS and the vast range of services offered (over 15+ categories, 50+ services in 2017) the learning path of customers on the platform is something that can always be improved. Usability through... more»
Real User
IT Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Features such as EC2, S3, EBS, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, VPC (Virtual Private Cloud), RDS (Relational Data Service), Cloud Front, Cloud Formation, Elastic Bean Stack, etc., have been useful for the following reasons: * EC2:... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For one of the clients I worked with, it has provided excellent storage solutions and infrastructure for deploying Java and PHP based applications. It has helped reduce the cost by rationing the computing power and paying only on a per usage... more»

What needs improvement?

Many of our clients prefer in-house cloud rather than the application data sitting in the infrastructure owned and managed by Amazon. They prefer in-house/hybrid cloud environments.
Real User
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Azure Active Directory, Azure VMs, Azure network security groups (NSG), and monitoring endpoints across different regions to check how your platform operates from different geographic locations. Azure backups are another feature which are... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Azure is a platform which allows our organization to be agile. It very quickly provisions servers, infrastructure, and apps on the fly and complies with security requirements and data safety.

What needs improvement?

Azure ARM console can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning. If you are not aware of costs, pricing, etc., you can end up with a hefty bill. However, I found that the Azure price calculator is a valuable tool to use before starting to deploy... more»
Real User
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Customized Dashboard, Site-to-site and point-to-Site VPN, Virtual Machines, Web Apps, SQL, SharePoint, Storage, Test/Dev environments.

How has it helped my organization?

Creating VMs for development has been huge since we ran out of resources locally. Creating Hybrid solutions provides us with greater confidence in higher availability. Storage has made remote access to files much more painless and easy. Using... more»

What needs improvement?

Pricing is very difficult to guesstimate. With so many a la carte options and individual pricing it can be a hassle to understand. I constantly need to go over the report to find out where I can save money and what is eating up the monthly... more»
Real User
Software Architect / Senior Software Engineer / AWS Cloud Architect / Azure Cloud Architect / DevOps Engineer at a tech services company
Jul 05 2017

What is most valuable?

I have been using almost every service on AWS for years. I'm trying to test every new service as soon as possible. The main idea of using AWS is its ability to act so fast! We used to have servers on-prem data-centers. When you needed a new... more»

How has it helped my organization?

With AWS services, we can focus on our products, and that makes our customers happier! Also we can provide higher SLAs for our customers.

What needs improvement?

These days, technology is changing every day and AWS is one of the leaders of this change. They are at least one step ahead of you, which is great. You can have new technology as soon as possible. I think in general there is no need for... more»
Real User
Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
Jun 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the possibility of using Microsoft and non-Microsoft services on one environment. For example, Windows servers, Linux servers, backup solutions from Veeam, etc. There is no one special feature for me, as it makes... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product helps companies to build their own infrastructure in the cloud without the need of any physical server. This is nice for new, small companies. For big companies, there are services like containers, docker, and infrastructure as a... more»

What needs improvement?

There should definitely be some improvement in the UI. It is lacking in terms of where the end user has to click on other icons and go back to the main menu to change some small settings and then go back through many options to the main... more»
Stratoscale
Real User
Global VP Technology & President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The scalability of the product, and the ability to provide an AWS region to our clients everywhere; this is one of the most important features for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We use Stratoscale to allow our end customers and our integrators to manage their own servers and their own product. We're allowing them a great deal of flexibility in terms of how they utilize the cloud. We're making the cloud a lot closer... more»

What needs improvement?

We've been working with the product for so long, we've actually been very satisfied. But they could integrate more products. They recently purchased a DB-as-a-service provider, which is something we've been expecting.
Real User
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Nov 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to quickly create and manage resources is critical to getting things done, Azure just makes getting things done a lot simpler.

How has it helped my organization?

Getting resources up and running quickly and providing secure access to those resources makes life easier. Also, Microsoft Azure really does offer a great deal which allows one to completely think about software development in new ways. I... more»

What needs improvement?

You eventually end up with a large collection of 'bits' all working together, I find it hard to be able to create a logical 'box' and put all the 'bits' that need to be in that box / application into the one place. We're still learning... more»
Real User
Director of Operations at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Update two years later.... Microsoft Azure continue to expand its Platform as a Service value and has set itself apart from other cloud providers that are focused on the IaaS world. If you are a Microsoft house e.g. Visual Studio, .Net,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are faster to market with greater integration of the development and infrastructure teams. Develop solutions quickly using the normal toolset be it either as developer, IT, DevOps or BI. Expand into new world via AI and Machine Learning.

What needs improvement?

Two years later..... This has been resolved by Microsoft. There is now starting to be the challenge of figuring out which service you want to use and it is no always clear which PaaS is best for the job. This is Microsoft achilles heal across... more»
Real User
Google Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

Elasticity has always been AWS's mandate. The flexibility of their platform from a systems perspective lives up to its claims.

How has it helped my organization?

I have been providing consulting services around the cloud solution for the past four to five years, during which AWS was the market leader and the de facto cloud service. AWS definitely helped me to help my customers adopt a cloud strategy... more»

What needs improvement?

* I would have hoped that their networking model was a little more network oriented and flexible, as is their systems model. * The networking models used in AWS, while functional, do have room for improvement. This is especially the fact,... more»
Jelastic
Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The horizontal and vertical auto-scaling feature, which does not involve changing anything in the code of the projects, is the most valuable feature. This helps developers to focus on improving their projects at the code level, without... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Jelastic has helped Infortelecom to attract and gain more developers as customers, which differentiates our offer from other cloud hosts in our country. Infortelecom is the only official Jelastic partner in Spain.

What needs improvement?

Jelastic is always listening to its partners and customers, so any feedback we get we send to Jelastic staff and they consider implementing it in future versions. For now, some customers are requesting support of Docker containers for... more»
Real User
COO at a tech vendor
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

We have deployed a variety of services from AWS. Most commonly EC2, EBS, S3, Lambda, Elastic Search, RDS and NFS Gateway. The cloud storage based on S3 is one the most valuable services we have deployed since it allows us infinite scale in... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were not a "born in the cloud" company. Our email server solution was first deployed as on-premise, then as a hosted service on bare metal in a data center and then has been ported to AWS. The main reason to move from hosted bare metal to... more»

What needs improvement?

AWS is innovating at a very fast pace. They are very customer focused. They keep up and exceed customer expectations.
Real User
Chief Executive Officer at HubStor
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Azure Active Directory: Has powerful security and auditing capabilities that we use to secure all our apps. Azure File services – Comes in handy often when we need a staging place for content. Block Blob storage – Reliable and low cost for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use Azure for DevOps, to host numerous applications that are critical to our business, and we run our software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering exclusively from Azure.

What needs improvement?

The Azure Billing API could be so much better. It only provides billing metrics for a set duration. For example, if you want to look at billing for a week /month/some other duration, then you have to make all the calls, store the data... more»
Real User
Azure Portfolio & Innovation Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Software designed network capabilities, flexible computing, and managed storage. All of them together make a hybrid datacenter design more flexible for users and IT pros. SDN capabilities make anyone able to manage and organize a virtualized... more»

How has it helped my organization?

All development and pre-production scenarios are now under pay as you go, and are not open all the time, in that way we’re saving a lot of resources, money and we gain fast flexibility to grant new capabilities, computing power, and PoC... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the most important areas for improvement is the administrative part of management. It‘s difficult to manage, all aspects of Azure invoicing, and further pricing vs usage comparison and capacity to move under usage resources to a better... more»
Real User
Android Mobile & Software Developer Engineer & TI Manager at Nova Palma Energia Ltda.
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

Google Cloud Functions: Allows us to create functions without any infrastructure apart from the Google App Engine. These functions can have several kinds of triggers: * Realtime Database Triggers * Firebase Authentication Triggers * Firebase... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We already use this technology in our company to build our Android and iOS mobile applications and to communicate with our back-end infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

In my humble opinion, Google Cloud Functions (which is still a BETA version) needs to have more control over the uploaded functions. That is, it needs more options for controlling the functions itself. I might think about some characteristics... more»
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