Cloud Computing: Acronyms (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS)

The number of acronyms keeps growing rather than shrinking. In order to make sense of it, let’s start with a short list of things to address: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Infrastructure as a Service  (IaaS) – Traditional computing resources such as servers, storage, and other forms of low level network and hardware resources offered in a virtual, on demand fashion over the Internet. IaaS delivers computer infrastructure – typically a platform virtualization environment – as a service. Rather than purchasing servers, software, data-center space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service. Suppliers typically bill such services on a utility computing basis and amount of resources consumed (and therefore the cost) will typically reflect the level of activity. IaaS evolved from virtual private server offerings. Some IaaS providers are: Amazon Web Services (AWS & EC2), RackSpace , GoGrid or CloudSigma.

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Platform as a Service (PaaS) – PaaS offerings facilitate deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software and provisioning hosting capabilities, providing all of the facilities required to support the complete life cycle of building and delivering web applications and services entirely available from the Internet. PaaS offerings may include facilities for application design, application development, testing, deployment and hosting as well as application services such as team collaboration, web service integration and marshalling, database integration, security, scalability, storage, persistence, state management, application versioning, application instrumentation and developer community facilitation. These services may be provisioned as an integrated solution over the web. Some PaaS providers are Microsoft AzureBungee Connect, WorkXpressForce.com for Google App Engine , OrangeScape, among may others.

Software as a Service (SaaS) – Sometimes referred to as “software on demand,” is software that is deployed over the internet and/or is deployed to run behind a firewall on a local area network or personal computer. With SaaS, a provider licenses an application to customers either as a service on demand, through a subscription, in a “pay-as-you-go” model, or (increasingly) at no charge when there is opportunity to generate revenue from streams other than the user, such as from advertisement or user list sales. This approach to application delivery is part of the utility computing model where all of the technology is in the “cloud” accessed over the Internet as a service.The most famous SaaS vendor I would say is SalesForce , but there are thousands of software vendors using the SaaS model, just to mention some of them: Service-Now, Microsoft Office 365,  Bime, Google Apps, Keynote, Gomez, among thounsands of applications available in a SaaS model.

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IaaS offerings create a foundation for PaaS offerings, and PaaS offerings do the same for SaaS offerings. These makes many providers to cross the competitive borders and to propose broader offerings and you can see now some PaaS providers offering A-PaaS (Application PaaS).

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  2. Francis Cordon

    As a vendor that services Financial institutions quite frequently, I still hear from my customers expressions of skepticism when it comes to ‘The Public Cloud’… The specific arguments vary quite a bit but it comes down to not trusting from the security and privacy standpoint.
    Now, some are of the opinion that what the future holds is really a nice blend of private and public Clouds (seamlessly integrated and transparent to the user) whereas others swear by the public Cloud and say it’s just a question of time… In any case the Cloud is here to stay, but in what form? Thoughts?

  3. There are another movement regarding Communication As a Service to complete a whole ITC solution As a Service for companies. We are just starting a new era in IT services !!!

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