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Microsoft AzureAmazon AWSLinodeGoogle CloudSAP S4HANA on AWSGoogle FirebaseOracle CloudSAP HANA Enterprise Cloud
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    The scalability is the most unique feature. Whenever our user count is high, and utilization of our application results in high use of resources, Microsoft Azure automatically scales our application so that users can access it without any issues or errors. Microsoft Azure gives you the flexibility to scale your applications up and down at any moment. It is quite easy and impressive.
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    The whole solution is well designed and AWS has decent documentation, which is not to be taken for granted. I've also found that AWS is easy to use.
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  4. The most valuable aspects of Linode are the virtual server and the clean server. I install what I need on it. When it comes to the Linode Kubernetes Engine and the amount of automation it provides, it's awesome, it's a game-changer. If a process randomly dies, it could take me a while to notice that it has died, if I haven't set up monitoring. With Kubernetes, it will just restart itself using Heartbeats.
  5. It's easy to deploy next-generation applications on Google Cloud. Customers can also use various cloud tools to optimize their operations and generate more insights to do business much smarter.
  6. They have their own instances where you can host your database. SAP S4HANA's most valuable features include backup, security, storage, infrastructure, and enabling AI.
  7. I love Firebase's notifications, crash analytics, and bug tracking. It gives you detailed reporting about app usage and users. The most valuable features of Google Firebase have been Analytics, Remote Config, and Crashlytics. Additionally, a lot of companies have used push notifications which is important. There is little maintenance required.
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  9. Oracle Cloud is reasonably scalable - I'd rate it seven out of ten. I have found Oracle Cloud to be a scalable solution.
  10. Traditionally, SAP worked with Oracle databases, but SAP is getting rid of the other databases and promoting its own. SAP will stop support for other databases around 2026, so everyone is moving to SAP S/4HANA for the performance and because it's the preferred database for SAP. S/4HANA has new features from the front-end or application feature perspective. The idea is to move toward future-ready technology.

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What are the differences between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS? What are some considerations to take into account when choosing between PaaS, SaaS and IaaS?

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Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) Topics

What are IaaS use cases?

Common IaaS use cases include:

  • High traffic support: Scale as necessary to handle on-demand spikes in traffic.
  • Storage, backup, and recovery: IaaS provides unlimited storage. It also can simplify planning and management of backup and recovery systems. Businesses can consolidate various disaster recovery systems into one virtual environment
  • Application development and testing: The computing and networking power of IaaS make it a perfect environment to run and manage testing and development cycles.
  • Hosting and running web applications: IaaS provides all the necessary infrastructure required to deploy and support web apps, including storage, web and application servers, and networking resources.
  • Data analysis: IaaS is an appropriate environment for analyzing big data because it has a lot of processing power and can handle large workloads.
  • Data and application migration: IaaS is a fast and inexpensive method used to migrate applications or data to the cloud.
  • Provision resources rapidly: With IaaS, it is possible to get new projects up and running quickly when necessary.
What is IaaS vs PaaS vs SaaS?

IaaS (infrastructure as a service) provides virtualized computing resources over the internet. IaaS is one of the three main categories of cloud computing services, along with platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS).

Like IaaS, PaaS includes infrastructure such as servers, storage, and networking. But it also provides middleware, development tools, database management systems, and more.

PaaS is a cloud computing model where a third-party provider delivers a set bundle of hardware and software tools, such as databases, server space, and code compilers, for users over the internet. A PaaS system is geared for creating and managing single specific applications that depend on specific hardware and runtime software.

SaaS is a service that delivers on-demand online front-end user software. It doesn’t require local installation of software to run. All necessary resources are provided and managed by the vendor. The user can only use the end user product provided by the service and cannot make any changes to the software or resources running the user interface.

IaaS is a service model that provides computing resources, such as virtual machines and virtual storage, over the internet and is used by network architects.

PaaS is a cloud computing model that delivers tools and run time environments that are used for application development and deployment and is used by software developers.

SaaS is a service model on the cloud that hosts software that is used by end users.

What are the benefits of IaaS?

IaaS helps organizations manage and run their computing resources. Some of the benefits of using IaaS solutions include:

  • Scaling and better IT performance: IaaS can scale globally to accommodate spikes in resource demand. This allows fast delivery of IT resources and better application performance.
  • Reduced spending and optimized costs: IaaS eliminates the cost of setting up and maintaining a physical datacenter, which makes it a very cost-effective choice. The subscription models used by IaaS providers help reduce hardware costs and maintenance and free up IT teams to focus on other issues.
  • Data recovery: With IaaS solutions, data recovery is simple and inexpensive. IaaS ensures that applications and data are accessible during a disaster or outage.
  • Increased stability: With IaaS, there's no need to maintain and upgrade software and hardware or troubleshoot IT issues. IaaS service providers ensure that the infrastructure is reliable and up to standard.
  • Better security: IaaS providers offer a high level of security for applications and data.
  • Optimized application testing: Quickly set up test and development environments, releasing new applications to market faster. IaaS makes it fast and cost effective to scale development and testing environments up and down.
  • Faster launch times: Once a new application is ready to launch, the necessary computing infrastructure can be ready in minutes or hours, since the underlying infrastructure is already there.
What are IaaS tools?

An IaaS tool is a cloud computing solution that delivers on-demand data storage and network resources over the cloud. Most IaaS solutions offer a pay-as-you-go subscription, so customers can use and pay for resources as needed.

IaaS end users do not control or manage the underlying cloud infrastructure they receive, but they have complete control over their data, networks, networking components, operating systems, and any other stored application.

IaaS Tools Features

When weighing the key features of IaaS solutions, PeerSpot users determined ROI to be one of the most important deciding factors. Performance capability and interoperability with the leading public cloud services were also found to be important components, along with solid security and unwavering reliability. Other features to look out for include:

  • Multiple cloud setups: Create and manage an unlimited number of virtual networks.
  • Data migration: Enable users to transfer data, applications, operating systems, and any other resources to an IaaS cloud environment.
  • Configuration management: Allow users to increase or decrease data storage as required. Users should also be able to choose and manage networking components, such as security firewalls and network operating systems.
  • Performance monitoring: Enable users to remotely monitor their virtual environments to ensure optimal performance of dedicated servers, data, and networks.
  • Load balancing: Evenly distribute incoming network traffic across a group of backend servers to improve data utilization, improve scalability, and ensure high data availability.
  • Logging: Provide visualization into all files requested and accessed on the server. In addition, users should be able to configure role-based access control for the logs.
  • Automation: Automation allows capacity management and resource orchestration to be managed with code via APIs. This reduces the manual involvement necessary to operate the IaaS infrastructure.
  • Cost management: Get a clear picture of expenses and costs.
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