The best hosting solution for your business: IaaS vs PaaS vs In-House

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Nowadays, storing data on the cloud is becoming more and more popular. However, every company may face difficulties in choosing an appropriate hosting solution for its web application. Let's understand together what are the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular hosting solutions. In this article we will discuss In-House, IaaS and PaaS.
iaas versus paas versus in-house

In simple terms, the difference between cloud services is the number of tasks you leave under your management and the number of tasks you outsource to another company.

To create and launch a computer service, you need to solve several issues. First, you need to choose the software on which your service will run (server hardware or network equipment). Then you have to install the operating system and the application on your server. The server must be connected to the communication channel, so that it can be accessed from any location. In addition, this server must be placed in a data centre that meets the requirements for secure server storage to ensure high availability. For this purpose, you can build your own data centre or place your server in a server room of a commercial data centre.

In-house hosting solution

Let's start by looking at the most traditional method. In other words, this is when you do not outsource anything. In this case, you have to do everything yourself: build the data centre, buy the servers, install and configure the applications yourself. And therefore everything is under your control and responsibility. The major disadvantage of this technique is the long process of equipment delivery, implementation and commissioning. It only makes sense for very large companies.
Also, if you host everything on site (in-house) or have your own servers, this is not the safest way to store your data, as your servers can fail due to power failure, cooling failure or Internet connection failure. In addition, you have to invest in servers, which is expensive. Scaling up is also difficult and slow because of the lengthy acquisition process.

IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

Another option is to use infrastructure as a service. In this case, you don't need to buy equipment, build a data centre or hire system engineers. You can leave this part to your cloud provider. Your area of responsibility will only include the management of the operating system, installation and configuration of applications.

The main tasks of the IaaS provider are the installation and maintenance of the infrastructure. The servers on which the virtual infrastructure is built are kept in data centres. These data centres are fully equipped to ensure the security of the servers, prevent power outages and other potential threats. Therefore, you don't have to worry about infrastructure issues. All these concerns are left to a hosting provider, who is specialised in infrastructure administration processes.

What I mean by this is that the IaaS provider offers on-demand computing resources, on which you can run the software you want. In this case, you can't control a physical infrastructure, but you have full control over the operating systems and applications deployed.

The disadvantage of IaaS is that you need to have in-depth expertise in technologies such as application security, database system administration, application server management, etc. However, in most cases it is difficult to have experts in all technologies, even in a large company. However, in most cases it is difficult to have experts in all technologies, even in a large company. In most cases, however, it is difficult to have experts in all technologies, even in a large company. When you are a start-up, it is usually impossible to do this. Therefore, companies are forced to buy this expertise from consulting and outsourcing companies, which is usually expensive and not scalable.

PaaS: Platform as a Service

When moving from the IaaS model to the PaaS (Platform as a Service) model, the hosting provider also gets control and management of the operating system, application servers and databases. You cannot manage the cloud infrastructure (operating systems, server hardware or network equipment), but you have full control over the deployed applications and the configuration of the environments. Instead of the bare operating systems provided by IaaS, you get ready-made building blocks to run your applications and you don't have to worry about managing the infrastructure.

This is because it significantly speeds up the deployment process and frees your developers from administrative tasks such as infrastructure and operating system maintenance. Therefore, by choosing PaaS, you get a platform with a simple interface that simplifies the creation of applications. In addition, PaaS provides you with preconfigured applications that you can easily install from a marketplace.
In general, PaaS is comfortable with scalability and also reduces costs. If your application has unpredictable traffic and you don't want to pay for unused resources, PaaS will be an excellent solution for your business.

All in all, PaaS is interesting for software developers. They want to be able to manage the settings of the installed applications, but do not want to waste time administering the infrastructure.

Why Hidora PaaS?

Hidora Cloud The platform can :

  • Reduce your IT risks considerably
  • Reduce application deployment and development costs
  • Provide rapid ramp-up and ramp-down (in minutes, not months)
  • Help developers create pre-configured, high-availability applications without worrying about infrastructure maintenance.
  • Ensure it is GDPR compliant
  • Guarantee that servers based in Switzerland

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Written by

Matthieu Robin Hidora
Matthieu ROBIN
Matthieu Robin is the CEO of Hidora, an experienced strategic leader, a former system administrator who has managed and configured more environments manually than anyone else on the planet and after realising that it could be done with a few clicks created Hidora SA. He is a regular speaker at conferences and helps companies optimise their business processes with DevOps. Follow him on Twitter @matthieurobin.