Cloud Infrastructure

What is Cloud infrastructure?

Cloud infrastructure refers to a virtualized, highly scalable, shared pool of configurable infrastructure resources including networks, servers storage, applications and services that can be rapidly accessed via a network or the Internet, provisioned and released in an automated fashion with minimal administrative intervention or interaction on the part of the service provider.

This usually refers to the on-demand services or products being delivered through the model known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), one of the delivery models of cloud computing. Cloud infrastructure offers pay-per-use or subscription access to components such as:

  • Virtual machines
  • Virtual network switches/hubs/routers
  • Virtual storage clusters
  • Software infrastructure components

Cloud infrastructure is one of the most basic products delivered by cloud computing services through the IaaS model. Through the service, users can create their own IT infrastructure complete with processing, storage and networking fabric resources that can be configured in any way, just as with a physical data center enterprise infrastructure, but with a lower total cost of ownership and dynamic scaling.