Sorting Through Common Cloud Options: SaaS, IaaS or PaaS?

Have you ever asked yourself, what cloud option would be best for my business? Cloud-based computing has become a large part of today's modern office. As a result, it looks like the adoption of cloud-based technologies will continue to grow. Yet, cloud services aren’t a end-all solution.

Like any technology, cloud computing has its own nomenclature, most of which is represented in it's service. Some of the most popular names are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Let’s demystify the cloud, and pick the best cloud options for your business.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

This form of cloud computing was around even before the term "cloud computing" was used. If you’ve ever used Hotmail, Expedia, or Google, you’re using their software-as-a-service. The examples above are you didn’t download as software, you access it through a browser.

SaaS offerings have grown more sophisticated and important to businesses than ever before. Email services delivered through this platform are becoming industry standard. Microsoft’s Office 365 is an example of this product and how it provides email services in Outlook, and other Office products.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

This option is often considered when a specific hosted platform reaches its end-of-life. "Should the company invest in a physical server to run its application(s) or, should the applications run on a virtual server in the cloud?" Under certain circumstances, virtual servers can be an attractive option for an agility, and cash flow standpoint. But there is a certain amount of due diligence required to ensure the required application can be delivered via the cloud. While still maintaining an optimal user experience.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

This service represents a deeper dive into the cloud, a good part of which IT infrastructure becomes virtual. This specific service has its advantages, including: agility, mobility, disaster recovery or business continuity. To achieve these benefits, migration to a virtual environment must be well planned to ensure everything works as expected.

Cloud computing is here to stay. Which part of this technology will benefit your business, and when should you make the switch? With proper planning, your business can enjoy the benefits of managed cloud. Providing optimal experience for your network users.

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