Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a service provides the customer with the potential to provide different kinds of services such as processing, storage, networks and other primary resources including operating systems and different applications. A good definition of IaaS may be given as follows: “a model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers, and networking components. The service provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running, and maintaining it.” This means that the whole service, including using the hardware as well as the platform for executing it, is carried out in the cloud, including items such as storage capabilities. A very good example of this model is Amazon EC2 and S3, which provides a computational and storage infrastructure in a “centralized and location transparent service.”

Text: Big Data, Databases and “Ownership” Rights in the Cloud, Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark