Still Feeling Confused About IaaS? You’re not alone!

Apart from sounding like a rude word have you wondered what IaaS actually is?

Let’s simplify this awkward acronym…

We can use the good ol’ onion analogy to explain this one.


Think about how an onion is made of different layers – each one can be peeled away until you reach the core.

Infrastructure is one of three component layers in networking.

You need a network to communicate from one device to another. These are physical components such as network switches, hosted servers.

In the case of IaaS, we can refer to them as virtual or cloud components!

The cloud analogy still applies here, except that we’re now talking about virtual assets in the cloud rather than tin boxes sitting in your server room.

So how do you turn your physical onion into a virtual one?

Pain in the IaaS

Confused yet?

You’re not the only one!

Okay so first off, IaaS stands for Infrastructure as a Service.

IaaS describes an arrangement where hardware is provided and managed for you by an external provider.

This is described as a Cloud service because you are using physical components which exist outside of your premises.


Here’s a simple analogy:

Think about your website.

If you pay for web hosting externally – i.e. not on your own physical server – then you are already using IaaS!

Your website is sitting on a server somewhere in the ether while a provider manages the backend in a data centre.

All you have to worry about is paying your subscriptions, which tends to suit most businesses.

IaaS, Cloud, and other terms can often muddy the waters, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Prepare to Kick Some IaaS!

Our pre-sales Projects Team operate a no-jargon policy, and can help you and us to understand your businesses needs, and point you in the right direction.

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know, but as long as you know what to want to achieve, we can help!

Here’s a useful link and case study that will help you further understand: Click Here

Speak to the team today on 01892 830110.