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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 "one size fits all" solution.

Like any technology, cloud technology has its own jargon -  the most common of which is representing the technologies as a 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, or Expedia, or even Google, you’re using their software-as-a-service. The examples above are free, but still, you didn’t download their software into your computer – you access it through a browser.

SaaS offerings have grown more sophisticated and more important workloads are being handled this way – Salesforce is a good example. Email services delivered through this option are becoming very popular as well – Microsoft’s Office 365 product provides email services and online versions of Office this way.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

This option is often considered when a specific platform in a company’s data center reaches its end-of-life. Then the question arises – should the company invest in a new platform (a server) to run its application(s) or, should the applications run on a virtual server in the cloud? Under certain circumstances, this can be an attractive option from an agility standpoint, or a cash flow standpoint. But there is a certain amount of due diligence involved to ensure the required application can be delivered via the cloud and still maintain an optimal user experience.

Infrastructure-as-a-Server (IaaS)

This option represents and even deeper dive into the cloud, because a good part of an IT infrastructure becomes cloud-based. This specific service has its advantages, including: agility, mobility, disaster recovery business continuity, and cash flow. To achieve these benefits, the migration must be well planned to ensure everything works as expected. It will then become vital for management to track the cloud services consumed. Often, companies decide on a hybrid network, consisting of cloud-based and on-premises infrastructures. The is the perfect balance, for most companies.

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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