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Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS)

Let's delve into the cloud terms: Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Each represents a different layer of abstraction and service offering in cloud computing.

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Description: IaC is the practice of managing and provisioning computing infrastructure through machine-readable configuration files, rather than through physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools.

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Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Description: IaaS provides virtualized computing resources over the internet. It offers the most basic cloud computing services, allowing users to rent IT infrastructure (servers and virtual machines, storage, networks, operating systems) on a pay-as-you-go basis.

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Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Description: PaaS provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without dealing with the underlying infrastructure. PaaS delivers a framework for developers to build upon and use to create customized applications.

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Software as a Service (SaaS)

Description: SaaS delivers software applications over the internet, on a subscription basis. SaaS provides a complete software solution that you purchase on a pay-as-you-go basis from a cloud service provider.

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Summary Comparison

AspectIaCIaaSPaaSSaaS
PurposeAutomate infrastructure provisioningProvide virtualized computing resourcesProvide platform for app developmentProvide complete software applications
Key UsersDevOps, SysadminsIT professionals, system adminsDevelopersEnd-users
Example Tools/ServicesTerraform, CloudFormationAmazon EC2, Google Compute EngineHeroku, Google App EngineGoogle Workspace, Salesforce
Control LevelFull control over infrastructureHigh control over VMs and networksModerate control over applicationsLow control, use software as provided
FlexibilityHigh flexibility and customizationHigh flexibility and scalabilityModerate flexibility with developmentLow flexibility, use as is
Published on: Jul 08, 2024, 04:57 AM  
 

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