Many end users are starting to turn to hosting their services in a virtual environment due to the cost savings over hosting/maintaining their own server’s onsite and the overhead of IT resources to manage it.  The timing of this sale is important, as most companies will not agree to move a perfectly working physical server into the cloud until something happens to that server.   It is often paired with a disaster recovery solution so that when the server does die, they can migrate over to the virtual environment. 

Infrastructure-as-a-Service is where a company outsources equipment that supports their daily operations to an offsite service provider.  The offsite provider owns the equipment and holds the responsibility of managing and monitoring the data.  There are generally three types of this model:

1)   Public Cloud is a pool of resources that are shared with multiple organizations on the same infrastructure.  

2)   Private Cloud is the most secure cloud platform where an organization is the only one that can access a pool of resources behind a secure firewall.

3)   Hybrid Cloud is when an organization decides to utilize a mixture of private and public cloud environments.

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