Cloud infrastructure refers to the hardware and software components - such as servers, storage, networking and virtualization software - that are needed to support the computing requirements of a cloud computing model. In addition, cloud infrastructures include a software abstraction layer that virtualizes resources and logically presents them to users through programmatic means.
In cloud computing, virtualized resources are hosted by a service provider or IT department and delivered to users over a network or the Internet. These resources include virtual machines and components such as servers, compute, memory, network switches, firewalls, load balancers and storage.
Cloud infrastructure is present in each of the three main cloud computing models :
Benefits of Cloud Infrastructure:
By using the cloud for analytics services and other run-the-business capabilities, organizations can move quickly into new markets and free capital for innovation initiatives.
Enables enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively deploy, manage and operate modern, dynamic and scalable architectures on the industry-leading cloud platforms.