Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) refers to online services that provide high-level "APIs used to "dereference various low-level details of underlying network infrastructure like physical computing resources, location, data partitioning, scaling, security, backup etc. A "hypervisor, such as "Xen, "Oracle VirtualBox, "Oracle VM, "KVM, "VMware ESX/ESXi, or "Hyper-V, LXD, runs the virtual machines as guests. Pools of hypervisors within the cloud operational system can support large numbers of virtual machines and the ability to scale services up and down according to customers' varying requirements. Linux containers run in isolated partitions of a single "Linux kernel running directly on the physical hardware. Linux "cgroups and namespaces are the underlying Linux kernel technologies used to isolate, secure and manage the containers. Containerisation offers higher performance than virtualization, because there is no hypervisor overhead. Also, container capacity auto-scales dynamically with computing load, which eliminates the problem of over-provisioning and enables usage-based billing. IaaS clouds often offer additional resources such as a virtual-machine "disk-image library, raw "block storage, file or "object storage, firewalls, load balancers, IP addresses, "virtual local area networks (VLANs), and software bundles.
The capability provided to the consumer is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems, storage, and deployed applications; and possibly limited control of select networking components (e.g., host firewalls).
According to the "Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the most basic cloud-service model is that of providers offering "IT infrastructure — "virtual machines and other resources — as a service to subscribers.
IaaS-cloud providers supply these resources on-demand from their large pools of equipment installed in "data centers. For "wide-area connectivity, customers can use either the Internet or "carrier clouds (dedicated "virtual private networks). To deploy their applications, cloud users install operating-system images and their application software on the cloud infrastructure.["unreliable source?] In this model, the cloud user patches and maintains the operating systems and the application software. Cloud providers typically bill IaaS services on a utility computing basis: cost reflects the amount of resources allocated and consumed.