Differentiators from the best IaaS providers
Defining the differentiators best suited to each company is subjective; every business should understand its needs and determine the value of key features. Two must-have features for any IaaS provider are automatic resource scaling and usage tracking, but things like high performance computing, edge computing, and bare metal services are situational.
High Performance Computing (HPC): The platform can perform calculations in quadrillions per second, against a computer with a 3Ghz chip that processes three billion calculations per second. Depending on the business needs, HPC services are available to meet the demands of scientific research or the complex calculations of an engineering firm. This is a forced multiplier when it comes to calculations; the faster the calculations are done, the less an organization pays for the services it requires.
Edge computing: The platform is collocated near a business, user, or data source for faster and more reliable services. Edge computing provides a hybrid-type solution for an enterprise, with IaaS services collocated with the enterprise or with processed data. By placing advanced computing closer to the user entity, data is processed faster, providing more flexibility with hardware and software configurations. It also increases reliability.
Read more: Edge Computing vs Fog Computing: What’s the Difference?
Bare services: A single tenant server managed by the tenant to meet their specific needs. The operating system is installed directly on the server for better performance. Bare metal services are typically used by healthcare providers, financial institutions, and retail businesses. Bare metal services can be deployed in an enterprise data center that uses the service or in a colocation data center. Companies that use this type of service must meet stringent regulatory compliance, privacy, and security requirements.
Automatic resource scaling: An automated process that occurs in IaaS when customer requests or transactions increase or decrease. Automatic resource tracking is a must-have feature that allows the services provided by IaaS to automatically adapt to the needs of a business demand. The increase or decrease in services provided by IaaS should also be reflected in usage tracking statistics.
Usage tracking: History of services provided by IaaS used, displayed through a dashboard, metrics and reports. Using the IaaS IT infrastructure as on-demand services fluctuate is one of the primary reasons for choosing an IaaS provider. Without the ability to track the usage of the services provided by IaaS, there is no way to project the cost of the services used. As a business builds a history of services used, the business can get closer to needed services and leverage virtual machine (VM) technology to reduce costs.