Cloud-based is a term that applies to any applications, services, storage, networks, or resources offered by cloud providers. The cloud service providers make those resources accessible by users on demand through the Internet. Usually, most service providers offer these solutions from another provider’s shared cloud computing infrastructure.
Cloud-based solutions enable businesses to increase the capacity and scalability and enhance functionality.
Mainly, we can categorize cloud-based business solutions into Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Let us dive deep into each type to explore how we can take advantage of.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Also known as hardware as a service (HaaS), IaaS is a cloud computing model that shows visualized computing resources over the internet.
It distributes outsourced computer infrastructure to support business operations.
There exist infrastructure components hosted by the cloud provider to be in an on-premises data center.
In the manner, you can scale up or down quickly upon demand so as to pay for only what you use.
With a cloud service provider, purchasing, installing, configuring, and managing the environment and workloads is effortless.
The cloud provider can also deliver multiple services. Those services include infrastructure components, like log access, load balancing, detailed billing, security, and clustering. All of them are backed with storage resilience, such as backup, replication, and recovery.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
It is a cloud model in which a third-party provider delivers both hardware and software tools to users via the Internet. PaaS eliminates the developers’ need to install hardware and software to operate a new application.
To illustrate, the PaaS model is similar to the serverless computing notion. It is a model that the provider operates the server and administers the allocation of resources.
The PaaS provider hosts servers, networks, storage, software, database, and operating system at their data center. The customer will get rid of the lower-level details of the environment to engage in developing and deploying the applications through the platform.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
SaaS is a software distribution model. This model lets a third-party provider host the software and makes it accessible to approved businesses via the Internet. Basically, it is a network-based access to a single copy of an application the provider tailored to, especially to be distributed.
All customers get the same code of the specified application. However, each of them can introduce their own features and functionalities. Additionally, based on the service level agreement (SLA), the provider can store the data locally, in the cloud, or both locally and in the cloud.
SaaS applications can be integrated with other software through application programming interfaces (APIs).
The most common SaaS applications for business technologies are email, sales management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), financial management, Human Resource Management (HRM), billing, and collaboration. Further, today enterprises utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as a SaaS model to gain the cloud technology benefits.
Finally, you have to keep your business ahead of the technology advances. So you have to take the initiative of developing your tools in the way that enhances your professionalism and competency. The pace of change is quickening and you need to make your business innovative and move faster.