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Cloud, IaaS & PaaS Tools

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What are Cloud/IaaS/PaaS tools?

Three fundamental ‘layers’ form the basis of the cloud computing model. These include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) tools. The third is Software as a Service (SaaS).

IaaS tools provide access to computing resources through virtualized environments. With IaaS tools, the computing resources being accessed replicate the capabilities of hardware. These virtual hardware offerings can include server space, load balancers, IP addresses, network connections and additional bandwidth.

While IaaS tools provide virtual hardware, PaaS tools grant access to platforms and environments which allow developers to build services and applications online. PaaS tools are cloud-hosted and are accessed through web browsers.

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Software

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Google Cloud Platform is a suite of public cloud services for compute, storage and application development that run on Google hardware. Key components include an infrastructure as... Read more
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Oracle Cloud Platform provides a standardized and secure enterprise-grade cloud platform. Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) helps enterprise IT and independent software... Read more
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Skytap is the only public cloud designed specifically for the enterprise. This IaaS solution is designed to remove obstacles to cloud adoption by mirroring on-premises data... Read more
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Deis builds open source tools that make it easy for teams to create and manage applications on Kubernetes. Creators of Helm, Workflow and Steward, Deis helps developers and... Read more
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DigitalOcean provides developers with cloud services to deploy and scale applications running simultaneously on multiple computers. Designed for developers, DigitalOcean is agile... Read more
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vCloud Air is a public cloud computing service built on vSphere from VMware. vCloud Air has three infrastructure as a service subscription service types: dedicated cloud, virtual... Read more
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HPE Helion is a portfolio of software and integrated systems for enterprise cloud computing, based on open-source technology, including OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. It provides... Read more
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Joyent is the high-performance container-native infrastructure company. Joyent’s Triton Elastic Infrastructure is an ideal environment to run Docker, making container ops simple... Read more
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Jelastic is a DevOps Platform-as-a-Service with containers, widely used for applications development and hosting. It features Docker containers orchestration and certified... Read more
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OpenShift is Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service solution that allows developers to quickly develop, host and scale applications in a cloud environment, using online, on-premise and... Read more
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OpenStack provides open source software for creating public and private clouds. Its software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data... Read more
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Rackspace is a managed cloud computing company that aims to make it easy to manage private and public cloud deployments. The company is the largest managed cloud provider,... Read more
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Apprenda creates and supports modern, enterprise-ready application platforms for both cloud native and traditional application workloads. The platform offers the flexibility to... Read more
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IBM Bluemix is a cloud application platform as a service (PaaS). Running on IBM’s SoftLayer infrastructure, developers use Bluemix to create, deploy and manage applications on... Read more
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Heroku is a cloud platform for companies to build, deliver, monitor and scale apps. As apps become a transformative component of the digital economy, Heroku provides a secure,... Read more
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Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services used to build, deploy and manage applications through the Microsoft global network of data centers. Providing... Read more
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Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, offers a suite of cloud computing services that make up an on-demand computing platform. These operate from 16 geographical... Read more
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Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud application platform for developing enterprise cloud applications. It automates, scales and manages cloud apps throughout their lifecycle.... Read more
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vCloud Air is a public cloud computing service built on vSphere from VMware. vCloud Air has three infrastructure as a service subscription service types: dedicated cloud,... Read more

 

What do they do?

IaaS tools are provided by a third-party which hosts infrastructure components, such as hardware, software and servers. These virtual platforms are highly scalable and can be adjusted by users on-demand, making them ideal for temporary workloads or jobs that may change unexpectedly. IaaS environments also include a deep level of administrative automation, and are capable of dynamic scaling and desktop virtualization. As IaaS tools normally charge per-use, they eliminate the cost of having to deploy costly in-house hardware and software. 

PaaS supports the entire development cycle, from conception through to creation, testing and deployment. They provide a high level of management from both providers and support channels. PaaS tools are frequently updated with new and features and functionality – as they are mostly provided on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ tariff, customers can choose and pay for what they need without getting lumped with bloatware.

What are the benefits?

Both IaaS and PasS eliminate the need for costly infrastructures. They provide cost effective scalable solutions, freeing organizations from time consuming and complex maintenance procedures, which will instead be handled by the provider. The solutions allow companies to quickly scale, as the resources are available almost instantly. This means there are no more delays in capacity expansion, or software wastage. Also, as IaaS and PaaS are cloud-based solutions, working habits are no longer restricted by location. Employees can access these facilities from anywhere with an internet connection.

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