Getting your Saas, Paas and Iaas all mixed up? You’re not the only one!
A few of the folks at Ebsta were getting a little confused with this next wave of acronyms. We took it upon our self to create some simple definitions to help them understand the difference – and then thought, “why not share it with our followers?”
The variances are subtle but knowing what is Saas, might just come in handy one day!
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
The act of outsourcing virtualized hardware, such as data storage and servers instead of producing your own. The IaaS lays the foundations for Paas and Saas. This means that systems can hold vast amount of data without it affecting the speed.
e.g. Amazon Cloud, Azure, potentially Dropbox in a lighter fashion
Software as a Service (SaaS)
A database or software that can be remotely accessed through cloud computing. The application is downloaded, installed and operated in the cloud leaving next to no storage on the user’s device. The provider, leaving the user with no burden, maintains the infrastructure and platform.
e.g. Ebsta, Docusign, LinkPoint360
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
A cloud based platform, typically a database, that is built to host more applications. Considered to be a frame, the Paas should have a simple function that can be topped up or added to, in order to customise the service for the user.
e.g. Salesforce, Exact Target Marketing Cloud
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