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64 Infrastructure as a Service frees IT administrators from worrying about equipment and lets them focus on their organization’s mission. DELIVERING THE AGILE ORGANIZATION capacity during periods of high demand and reducing it once the need subsides. “ What IT managers like is that they can house the infrastructure as a public cloud service while maintaining control of the software and applications,” he says. IaaS is a computing model in which a service provider hosts IT resources — such as servers, storage hardware and networking components used to support customer organizations’ operations — and makes them available to customers over a network, typically the Internet. The service provider owns the equipment, which it houses, runs and maintains, with customers typically using the service on a pay-as -you-go basis. Kottas says IaaS potentially takes the headache out of capacity planning for the IT department. gility. Ultimately, it’s the main driver for IT organizations that are considering the use of Infrastruc ture as a Service. Angelos Kottas, direc tor of produc t marketing for Hybrid Cloud Services at VMware, says Infrastruc ture as a Service (IaaS), can help organizations more easily scale their IT resources to meet their requirements, adding A COVER STORY 64-67 GSO145298.indd 1 9/23/14 11:37 AM