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What is Infrastructure-as-a-Service? Everything you need to know

Not every company has a vast IT operation. This might involve a data center with business servers, network switches and equipment, storage — and the related IT service management staff needed to run it. Yet, with the emergence of cloud computing for storage and web-based software, the concept of outsourcing the computing power itself to the cloud became viable.

Known as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (or IaaS), the idea is to move most of the complexity of IT involving servers, storage and networking and move that out to the cloud where it is managed by a third party.

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