More companies are taking their data analytics to the cloud. With that in mind, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) emerges as a relevant platform for application development and deployment.


IaaS is cloud computing infrastructure. It provides hardware, networking and storage. Delivered by third-party providers, it hosts scalable and automated resources, freeing users, for instance, from maintenance and security responsibilities. IaaS also eliminates physical overheard demands from businesses.

vs. PAAS

As far as virtual services go, Infrastructure-as-a-Service is the most stripped down. It is the essential foundation of a cloud business environment and doesn’t include any operating software. PaaS (Platform as a Service) sits on top of infrastructure data services to run cloud-based operating software and middleware.

Snowflake and Infrastructure as a Service

The SaaS-based Snowflake Data Cloud works with leading IaaS data services providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform — with cross-cloud/multi-cloud capabilities — to provide a true Data Warehouse as a Service (DWaaS) environment to businesses ranging from SMBs to the Fortune 1000.