Best hosting solution for your business: IaaS vs PaaS vs In-House
Nowadays keeping data in the cloud is becoming increasingly popular. However, every company can face difficulties choosing an appropriate hosting solution for its web application. Let’s understand together what benefits and disadvantages the most popular hosting solutions have. In this article, we are going to talk about In-House, IaaS and PaaS.
In simple terms, the difference between cloud services has to do with the number of tasks you leave under your management and the number of tasks you outsource to another company.
In order to build and launch any IT-service, you need to resolve several issues. First of all, you should choose what software your service will work on (server hardware or network equipment). Secondly, you need to install operating system and application on your server. The server should be connected to the communication channel, in order to get an access to it from any location. Additionally, this server should be placed in a data centre that meets the requirements of the servers’ secure storage to ensure the high-availability. For this purpose, you can build your own datacentre or place your server in a server room of any commercial datacenter.
In-House Hosting Solution
Let’s begin by looking at the most traditional way. In other words, it is when you don’t outsource anything to contractors. In this case, you have to make everything by yourself: build the data centre, buy servers, install and configure applications on your own. And as a consequence, everything is under your control and responsibility. The major disadvantage of this technique is the time-consuming process of equipment delivery, implementation and putting into operation. It makes sense only for very big companies.
What’s more, if you host everything on premise (in-house) or have your own servers it is not the safest way to store your data because your servers may go down due to electricity failure, or cooling failure, or internet connection failure. In addition, you should invest in servers, which is expensive. Also scaling is difficult and slow due to the long procurement 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 datacenter or hire system engineers. This part you can give to your cloud provider. Your area of responsibility will only include the managing of the operating system, installation and configuring of applications.
The main tasks of IaaS provider are installation and maintenance of infrastructure. Servers on which virtual infrastructure is built are kept in data centres. These data centres are fully equipped to provide safety to the servers, prevent electricity cuts and other potential threats. As a result, you don’t need to worry about any infrastructure issues. All these concerns are left to a hosting provider, who is specialising in infrastructure administration processes.
What I mean by this is that IaaS provider offers computing resources upon request, on which you can run any software you want. In this case, you can’t control a physical infrastructure, but you have a full control over operating systems and deployed applications.
The drawback of IaaS is that you are required to have deep expertise in technologies such as application security, database system administration, application server management, etc. However, in the majority of the cases, it is difficult to have experts in all of the technologies even in a big company. When you are a startup, it is generally impossible to achieve this. As a result, companies are ought to buy such expertise from consulting and outsourcing companies, which is usually expensive and not scalable.
PaaS: Platform as a Service
In the transition from the IaaS model to PaaS (Platform as a Service), a hosting provider additionally gets a control and management over the operating system, application servers and databases. You cannot manage cloud infrastructure (operating systems, server hardware or network equipment), but you have a full control over deployed applications and configuration of environments. Instead of bare operating systems that are provided by IaaS, you get ready-to-use building blocks to run your applications and don’t worry about infrastructure management.
As it significantly helps to speed up a deployment process and free your developers from administrative work like maintaining infrastructure and operating systems. That’s why choosing PaaS you’re getting a platform with an easy interface that simplifies application’s creation. Moreover, PaaS provides you with pre-configured applications which you can easily install from a marketplace.
Generally speaking, PaaS is comfortable in case of scalability and also helpful in reducing costs. In case your application has unpredictable traffic and you don’t want to pay for unused resources PaaS will be a great solution for your business.
All things considered, PaaS is interesting for software developers. The developers want to be able to manage the settings of installed applications, but do not want to waste time on the infrastructure administration.
Why Hidora PaaS?
Hidora Cloud Platform can:
- Reduce your IT risks dramatically
- Cut application deployment and development costs down
- Provide fast scaling up and scaling down (in minutes, not months)
- Help developers create pre-configured highly-available applications without thinking of maintaining the infrastructure
- Ensure that it is GDPR compliant
- Guarantee that servers based in Switzerland
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Matthieu Robin is CEO at Hidora, an experienced strategic leader, a former system administrator who had managed and configured more environments manually than anyone on the planet and after understanding that it could be done in several clicks established Hidora SA. He regularly speaks at conferences and helps companies to optimize business processes using DevOps. Follow him on Twitter @matthieurobin.