Why Azure's IaaS and PaaS platforms are the way to go

Microsoft Azure's IaaS and PaaS offerings offer an easy way into the cloud.

When looking to move into the cloud, it is important for businesses to ensure they get a service that is working for them. But with the jargon that goes with cloud computing, how do you know what you are getting?

The rise of cloud computing has led to a whole new set of technology jargon. In addition to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS), Gartner have now introduced Cloud Enabled Systems Infrastructure (CESI).

To put it simply, you need Infrastructure and Platform that enables your business. Gartner saw this and praised Microsoft Azure for its approach to IaaS and PaaS in its latest Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service report.

Gartner said: "Microsoft has a vision of infrastructure and platform services that are not only leading stand-alone offerings, but also seamlessly extend and interoperate with on-premises Microsoft infrastructure … and applications, as well as Microsoft's SaaS offerings. Its vision is global, and it is aggressively expanding into multiple international markets."

So what Microsoft's IaaS and PaaS offerings can give businesses is an easy way into the cloud that works well with the systems already in place.

Certainly, this is a point that Dan Scarfe of Dot Net Solutions stressed in his response to Gartner's report: "This hybrid approach to service delivery is a key part of Microsoft’s vision. Microsoft’s large on premises installed base perceive Windows Azure as an easy on ramp to public Cloud."

Then there is, of course, the cost benefits of turning to IaaS. As IaaS essentially provides virtual hardware, there is a financial advantage to adoption of this part of the cloud.

Mr Scarfe said: "A huge part of the cost of each IaaS instance is the cost of running, housing and looking after the box. That’s why Cloud has been so popular with start-ups."