Is your on-site server ageing and due for an upgrade? Does it frequently fail and cost your organisation time and money in maintenance? Are you tired of hearing your users complain about its poor performance? Then it’s time to move everything to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Azure is an integrated cloud computing service with highly available servers and storage, that doesn’t require upfront capital expenditures, installation and configuration costs, warranties or maintenance costs.
It does this through two main offerings: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), which both integrate with many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including those from Microsoft and other third-party developers.
It can also serve as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering but for most organisations, the IaaS or PaaS models are a better and more comprehensive option.
The differences between IaaS and PaaS
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is an instant computing infrastructure, provisioned and administered over the Internet. It lets you quickly scale up or down based on demand, and you only pay for what you use. This means you can avoid the costs and complexity of purchasing and operating your own on-site servers and other expensive infrastructure.
Each resource can be rented as a separate service component for as long as you need it. Your chosen cloud computing service provider maintains the infrastructure, while you purchase, install, configure, and administer your own software, including operating systems, middleware, and applications.
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a deployment environment that lets you deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. And it’s also highly cost effective because you purchase the resources you need from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis and access them via your Internet connection.
PaaS is a subset of IaaS – containing Applications and Data – it excludes the Runtime, Middleware and OS component from the IaaS stack.
Hence IaaS is more comprehensive than PaaS, but PaaS allows faster web application lifecycle, from building and testing to deploying, managing and updating.
PaaS also lets you avoid the cost and complexity of buying and managing software licenses, as well as eliminating the need to purchase underlying application infrastructure, development tools, middleware, and other resources.
To put a figure on the savings, Microsoft commissioned leading market research company, Forrester, to conduct a study into the financial benefits eight companies experienced after moving to the Azure PaaS model.
The results were published as a white paper and the following table from that document shows how PaaS can dramatically increase an organisation’s sales revenue and profits.
For more information, click here to read the full whitepaper.
Ready to make the move to Azure?
Still not sure whether PaaS or IaaS is the best option for your organisation? AgileBI is here to help.
Our consultants have the expertise to guide you in choosing the right infrastructure and to assist you in moving your database to the cloud securely, with as little downtime as possible.
In fact, AgileBI is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Analytics and a Silver Partner for Cloud Platform and is one of Australia’s most respected service providers in the Microsoft Business Intelligence arena.
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