Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Gurudeva Kalledevarpurada B says in an Amazon AWS review
IT Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
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: Supports various operating systems, CPU configurations, helps to produce flexible computing power at affordable, customizable rates. You pay for only what you use. No need to pay for unused extra capacity. Build only what you need and pay for only what you use. It can help save tons of dollars in infrastructure cost. * S3: Low cost, affordable, yet modern storage solution from Amazon. * EBS: Low cost, yet fast storage solution. It helps to store the needed data in the quickly accessible storage. Also, it helps defending against DDOS attacks. * Auto Scaling: Helps to quickly scale up, or scale down the capacity as needed. This would help in adding and/or removing computing capacity as per the need and helps reduce cost, yet provide a quick response as needed. * Elastic Load Balancing: Helps to build redundant, waiting systems for which the demand can be routed as needed. * VPC: Helps to define our own private cloud with marked input and output ports. Also helps in reducing the electronic footprint and defend against DDOS attacks. Helps to define the private cloud which will provide the needed security and privacy. * RDS: Helps to dynamically manage the database services. Helps to independently select and/or switch among various database providers such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, etc. RDS helps to free up administrators' time by automating tasks such as backup, maintenance, applying patches, scaling, and replication. * CloudFront: Helps to define cache of data across various locations and helps to improve the latency of applications. * Cloud Formation: This is the much needed tool for technical architects. Here one can define the technical architecture they need and play around with it until they get a working architecture. Then the working architecture can be copied, reutilized among different regions, business units, clients, etc. This saves cost and time, reduces errors, and improves efficiency. A much needed tool for administrators and architects. * Elastic BeanStalk: Helps to rapidly deploy applications across various platforms such as Java, .NET, PHP, Ruby, Python, Docker, etc. It also handles load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring. View full review »
Aaron Krytus says in a Microsoft Azure review
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Customized Dashboard, Site-to-site and point-to-Site VPN, Virtual Machines, Web Apps, SQL, SharePoint, Storage, Test/Dev environments. View full review »
DigAd3059 says in a Microsoft Azure review
Digital Ad-Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It was easy to deploy our applications on Azure. It provides more compatibility and scalability than the .NET application. This is why we chose to use Azure. View full review »
Roman Nedzelsky, MVP says in a Microsoft Azure review
Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
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 sense as a complete package. I would mention container services as well, as this is the most modern concept of bimodal IT. For example, doing development in companies without the need of building development servers. You can just using some special parts as micro-services and putting them together like Lego pieces. This is the real benefit of cloud and Azure. View full review »
it_user184458 says in an Amazon AWS review
Senior Technical Support Analyst at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
* ECS (EC2 Container Services) * EC2 * RDS * Route 53 View full review »
Aimee White says in an Amazon AWS review
Website and EComm at a local government with 10,001+ employees
* S3 storage buckets * Glacier storage * EC2 instances * Cloud Trail API log storage View full review »
Edgar Parra says in a Microsoft Azure review
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 quite useful, especially since they allow us to backup our Azure VMs and our on-premise servers. Data can be backed up to Azure, saving time, space, and using clunky tapes to restore data, when needed. View full review »
AntonioSoares says in a Microsoft Azure review
Diretor de Sistemas de Informação at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Virtual Networking * Security * Feature packing * Virtual Machines * Ease of implementation * Azure AD * Azure AD Directory Domain Services * Database as a Service * Operations Management Suite * RBAC View full review »
David García Carbayo says in an Amazon AWS review
Director of IT Projects - AngularJS developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
AWS provides a lot of solutions to design secure, elastic and serverless software architectures. View full review »
Douglas Augusto says in a Google Compute Engine review
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Compared to other IaaS providers, I believe that Google Compute Engine (GCE) stands out with the ability to customize the virtual machines. With other providers, these are pre-determined specifications. With this you can create machines specific to your application. View full review »
John ONeill says in a Microsoft Azure review
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
The ability to quickly create and manage resources is critical to getting things done, Azure just makes getting things done a lot simpler. View full review »
Howard Rosenberg says in an Amazon AWS review
Owner at a tech vendor
The price point and ease of use are the most valuable features. The cost per GB per month has always been reasonable. View full review »
John Laham says in an Amazon AWS review
Google Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Elasticity has always been AWS's mandate. The flexibility of their platform from a systems perspective lives up to its claims. View full review »
Robert Bush says in a Stratoscale review
Server and Storage Platform Team Lead with 201-500 employees
Automation and self-healing. View full review »
Ahmed Poshi says in an Amazon AWS review
Technology Solution Specialist at FORTE CLOUD
There are many benefits to AWS. For our customers, it optimizes their TCO. In terms of computing, they can scale up and out. View full review »
Roberto Rubio says in a Microsoft Azure review
Country Manager at Orion Consultores C.A
The Pricing Calculator would be the most valuable feature. It's easy to use. View full review »
Ramesh Karanam says in a Microsoft Azure review
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
* It's very easy to create a Kubernetes cluster with the Azure Console * Able to connect to the cluster using Azure PowerShell * Able to connect to the cluster using kubectl * Very good help from Microsoft Knowledge Base and also from the community * Very good support from the Microsoft team * Easy to manage as the core part is handled by Microsoft * Easy to add/scale up the cluster with more nodes by using the Azure console window or through scripting * Can integrate plugins with Jenkins for auto deployment * Integrated with a lot of open source tools for easy deployments and other functionalities like logging, monitoring, etc. View full review »
Michelle Sollicito says in a Microsoft Azure review
Software Architect at a security firm with 51-200 employees
* Being able to set up, change and configure VMs is easy - a lot easier than in AWS * Feedback and error messages make much more sense in Azure than in AWS. View full review »
Osama Mustafa says in an Amazon AWS review
Cloud Expert | DevOps | Oracle Consultant at a tech services company
* Lambda. * Alex development edge. * CloudFormation. All of these features I've used heavily provide the best solution for any client. View full review »
Ram Ramdas says in an Amazon AWS review
Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist with 1-10 employees
RDS (Relational database service), specifically Aurora. It offers durability, high availability, fault tolerance, and a high TCO benefit. View full review »
Fran Maita says in an Amazon AWS review
Analyst at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
* Cutting-edge design * Ease of use * Market adaptability * Accessibility * Creator guarantee View full review »
Ajay Mendez says in an Amazon AWS review
Founder at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
* It's pay-as-you-go. * It has a breadth of solutions for databases, data mining, AI. * They release new solutions almost every quarter and you don't get that kind of innovation from an enterprise company. View full review »
Michael Grove says in a Microsoft Azure review
Web Developer at a retailer with 1-10 employees
Azure has the best website amongst all cloud computing platforms. It is simple to utilize, and one can release nearly anything, from app services to host sites. View full review »
Jorge-Castro says in an Amazon AWS review
User
IaaS with easy management, but training is required in a more personalized way. There should be required free training from the vendor and more personalized. View full review »
Rodrigo Ramele says in a Microsoft Azure review
Mobile Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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). View full review »

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