IaaS Buyer's Guide

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) allows you to outsource resources such as servers, storage, networking and even virtual machines. But with so many IaaS options out there, choosing the right solutions is not always easy. IaaS cloud providers differ in resource types, service options, service level agreements, as well as costs. If you're looking for the right IaaS cloud, examining the different providers is a good first step. And this list of IaaS resources will help you get started on your journey to the cloud.

An IaaS Buyer's Guide: What You Need to Know to Get Started with IaaS

When choosing your IaaS solutioin, you need to consider not only the technical details but also the business considerations, such as SLAs and pricing. In this introductory article you'll learn about the different resource types, server and storage sizes, identity management, management issues, framework evaluation and more.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: Amazon EC2 Cloud

EC2, available from Amazon Web Services, was designed with developers in mind, making "web-scale computing easier." In this article we will take a look at working with Amazon’s EC2 cloud and some of its related services, including S3, Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) and more.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: Rackspace Open Cloud

Hosting company turned cloud computing champion competes intelligently by focusing on customer service and offering core cloud computing services.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise offers core compute and storage services along with an asset catalog of IBM and non-IBM software. This article will help you get started with IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: Google Compute Engine

When it comes to running large data centers distributed around the globe, Google is at the forefront. Google could be the Amazon of cloud computing but it is not, at least not yet.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: Microsoft Windows Azure

Windows Azure started as a platform as a service (PaaS) provider but now offers as a service (IaaS) as well. See how you can get started with Windows Azure IaaS offering.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: RightScale

Throughout this IaaS Buyers Guide, we have reviewed a number of Infrastructure as a Service providers offering compute, storage and additional services. RightScale is not an IaaS provider but an IaaS management provider, however.

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Getting Started with the Cloud: HP Converged Infrastrucutre 

The HP Cloud is an IaaS offering that is distinguishing itself from Amazon's AWS and other cloud providers by focusing on the "converged cloud" concept and improving it's management and integration features.

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