Why the IaaS Industry Has Failed
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), in theory, provides an opportunity to abstract the scalability and cost savings of a powerful IT solution without the complexity and expense of managing the underlying hardware.
But, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is, in itself, an ambiguous term.
While it should refer to dedicated, physical infrastructure on-demand, it is generally used to refer to a form of cloud computing that provides virtualised resources over the top of a physical server.
At best, this form of cloud computing can be viewed as ‘virtual servers as a service’, because, in truth, real IaaS isn’t available.
What is Real IaaS?
In a true IaaS model, a third-party provider hosts the hardware, software, servers, storage, and other infrastructure components for enterprises. The service is provided on an on-demand and pay-per-use basis and customers benefit from access to the resources they need without having to invest in expensive hardware upfront.
Real IaaS should see customers given access to the entire processing power of individual servers – as well as any storage, networking, or other services they require – enabling them to create, change, or delete networks as they wish.
And herein lies the problem.
Not only is processing user-demands on physical infrastructure a lot more time-consuming, but the skill required to carry out these processes is also far greater.
Physical infrastructure maintenance requires a skilled technician. To add additional memory, replace drives, or connect circuits, a trained engineer must manually connect and disconnect infrastructure components at their source.
This not only makes it much harder for providers to appeal to and customise their offerings, but also makes it far more expensive to hire the staff needed to carry out the work.
For this reason, many so-called IaaS providers only offer fixed physical servers, removing the ability to add upgrades. To scale up, customers are forced to purchase a whole new fixed server, regardless of whether they need all the additional capability.
In short, the reason real IaaS doesn’t exist is that, for providers, it is a time-consuming, high-effort, and costly service. By providing virtual servers that don’t require highly-trained staff, they can watch their bottom-lines grow while still claiming to offer dedicated, physical Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
Virtual Servers as a Service
So, to be clear, virtual servers are not IaaS – they do not provide the same level of performance as a real IaaS solution nor do they provide the same measure of flexibility.
On a virtual server, users have no knowledge of, or control over, the actual infrastructure on which their services are built. The provider has control of these and enterprise services are abstracted from them.
While it is true that customers still gain access to a server on which they can install and run their chosen OS and applications, virtual servers don’t allow for the optimisation of utilisation and performance to a granular level.
Customers do not have access to the full stack and this limits the control they have over their environment. This is a trend not only observed within local vendors, even cloud hosting giants such as AWS and Azure offer virtual servers on demand or their services on demand in the place of real IaaS.
In short, the cloud computing industry has failed to offer dedicated, physical infrastructure on-demand, and has therefore failed to offer IaaS in its real form.
But, that changes now.
The World’s First True IaaS Tool
Happi stands for Highly Available Procurement and Provisioning of Infrastructure and, like the name suggests, Happi is a network infrastructure design software that enables users to deploy customised physical infrastructure instantly from any vendor around the world. This provides three very tangible benefits:
Procure, Provision, and Deploy Infrastructure Instantly
The reason it is so difficult to buy a server, switch, firewall, rack, leased line or any other type of infrastructure is that the vendors supplying such products have a traditional sales process, with distributors and intermediaries.
Through the formation of vendor alliances and technical partnerships, Happi can streamline the supply chain so users can cut through the sales process and procure, provision, and deploy resources into any location in the world instantly.
Rapidly Create Conceptual Environments
Happi aims to develop an industry standard for the way in which hosting resources are deployed. This starts with our network diagramming GUI.
Happi was developed with the modern-day tech professional in mind. It allows users to specify exactly what network infrastructure environment they want, how it should be designed, and from which vendors. Infrastructure design, configuration, and procurement is all streamlined so that every detail is personalised exactly to the user’s specification.
Experience Live Pricing
With the development of APIs, Happi is able to incorporate live-pricing information from a wide-range of global vendors. This provides users with the ability to effortlessly compare infrastructure environments without time-consuming processes.
The combination of these three elements contributes to the world’s first true IaaS tool. With Happi, it’s possible to create multiple networks and environments, get live cost updates from vendors as you design, then buy with confidence in the knowledge Happi supports your entire infrastructure planning process.
To see for yourself how Happi is transforming the IaaS industry – try it for yourself.