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IaaS Metrics & Benchmarks To Measure Success

The cloud is a vast and expansive thing. It’s not just one big, amorphous blob of possibilities that you can use to your advantage. Therefore, you should be paying attention to specific metrics and benchmarks for IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). That way, you’ll know how much bang for your buck you’re getting when it comes time to decide between providers.

It’s easy to measure the success of a website or social media campaign. You look at your analytics and see how many visitors you received, what they did on your site, where they came from, etc. But measuring the success of an IaaS is more difficult because so many different metrics can be tracked for this type of service. So here are helpful insights into IaaS benchmarks and metrics to measure success.

1. Workloads and Workload Type

When running a website on a cloud platform, the underlying infrastructure will handle three basic workload types: batch processing, interactive, and data transfers. For example, suppose you’re running a high-performance computing cluster doing simulations for quantum mechanics research. In that case, your batch processing times need to meet or exceed whatever is advertised when it comes to virtual machine (VM) instances. But if your websites are getting millions of visitors every day from around the world, then an IaaS has to be able to scale up/down your VM fleet quickly to accommodate the load. Again, this ensures that you get very close or hit 100% uptime.

In addition, if your organization can’t afford SLAs with providers who don’t offer them, find out what the Service Level Agreement (SLA) is for your specific provider and make sure that it meets or exceeds your expectations.

2. Security

Data security is of utmost importance for IaaS, especially with the recent ransomware attacks. Ensure that the provider you select has a robust security protocol in place and that their data centers are physically secure. In addition, find out what kind of encryption they use to protect your data both in transit and at rest.

This may be more difficult to determine for some providers than others, so consider this when weighing different options against each other.

3. Capacity Planning and Storage Capacity

One of the benefits of using an IaaS is that you don’t have to worry about capacity planning. The service will automatically scale up or down to meet the demand. But this doesn’t mean that you should neglect capacity planning altogether. You still need to plan for the future and make sure that you have enough resources to accommodate your expected growth.

How much storage capacity do you need? You’ll want to figure out this before signing up with any provider because it can be costly (and difficult) to upgrade later on. Make sure to allocate enough space for your current and future needs, as well as the minimum amount of extra room in case you go over.

4. Price/Performance

Price is always a consideration for IaaS, but it shouldn’t be the only consideration. Make sure to also look at the performance of the provider’s services and compare that with the price. Sometimes you can get a higher-performing service for the same price or even cheaper than a lower-performing service.

Make sure to compare the pricing models of different providers and ask about any additional fees (such as storage costs or data transfer rates). It’s also essential to determine how the provider prices their services – some providers charge based on the amount of infrastructure you use, while others charge a flat monthly fee.

5. Ease of Use

One of the benefits of using an IaaS is that it should be easy to use. The provider should provide you with all of the tools you need to manage your resources and configure your VMs. In addition, the provider’s dashboard should be easy to navigate and provide you with all of the information you need to make sound decisions about your cloud infrastructure.

6. Provider Selection

When selecting an IaaS provider, there are many factors to consider. These factors include the price/performance of their services, the security of their data centers, the ease of use of their dashboard, and the workloads they support. Make sure to do your research and select a provider that meets your specific needs.

7. Peak Requests Per Second (RPS)

Peak RPS measures how many requests per second your system can sustain over time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running at 50% capacity or 90%. Just ask yourself what you need to support user-facing traffic, and think about how much burst capacity you’ll need to handle specific spikes in usage. If this metric is necessary, consider that cloud providers often price based on an aggregate number of requests across all VMs within their infrastructure, so consider when making your choices.

8. Network Out / Network In

This is another crucial metric, especially if running a public-facing website or application. Network out is the amount of data that leaves your infrastructure, while network it is the total amount of data that comes into it. You want these numbers to be as close to each other as possible because that means that your traffic is staying within your cloud (or at least within the provider’s cloud). If you see a significant discrepancy between the two, it might be time to start looking for a new provider.

9. Latency

This is the time in milliseconds that it takes for a request to be acknowledged by your application or website. Low latency means high performance, but keep in mind that it’s not always possible (without sacrificing security) to keep this value very low when you’re running applications across different datacenters. There can also be issues with latency because of where your cloud provider might decide to place its storage relative to other services.

This is especially important for applications that require real-time communication, such as voice and video chat. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that your provider has low latency numbers all around the world so that you’re not penalized for where your users are located.

10. Data Transfer

This is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Data transfer out refers to the amount of data that leaves your infrastructure each month. This can be a good indication of how busy your systems are and help you determine whether or not you need to upgrade to a higher-bandwidth plan. This can be a complex number to estimate because cloud providers will often charge you according to usage (e.g., $0.12 per GB). You’ll need to do some research to figure out how much traffic you’re likely looking at with your application load. Even if you don’t go over this limit, though, it’s still important to understand what they are and how they might affect your bill at the end of the month.

11. Operating System Support

There are many different operating systems out there, so make sure that whichever one you choose will support all of your needs. If not, then you’ll either need to learn how to adapt or switch providers (which can complicate things if you’ve already invested a lot of time and money into one).

These are just a few of the things that you’ll want to keep in mind when comparing IaaS providers. By taking these metrics into account, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about which provider is best for your business.


As cloud computing becomes more and more popular, businesses are starting to rely on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers for their IT needs. This can be an excellent option for companies without the resources or expertise to set up and manage their infrastructure. Still, it’s essential to do your research before choosing a provider. There are many different IaaS providers out there, each with its strengths and weaknesses, so it can be challenging to determine which one is right for your business.