Companies that are looking to make a move into the cloud are now faced with a number of options to streamline their services and make the most of their IT dollars. One of the most popular currently on the market is what is known as Software as a Service (SaaS). This allows companies to run software from a central cloud location rather than from a hard drive or local server. SaaS allows businesses to run software on any computer connected to their network, and can help save time on patching and updating issues, as well as giving a company the ability to more quickly mobilize a development team.
But according to research firm Gartner, SaaS isn’t the only option available on the market for companies to choose from. Both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) options are now viable ways for companies to make the move to a more virtualized or cloud-based environment, and both come with benefits of their own.
IaaS is able to provide adaptive hosting that can help companies to migrate servers easily and avoid problems associated with traditional physical storage. While the levels of price and quality of IaaS services vary widely, companies can often benefit from the high uptimes and ease of use that these services provide.
PaaS allows companies to rebuild their current infrastructure on a platform that is hosted outside of their local office, and includes a level of flexibility that traditional platforms cannot compete with. PaaS options can help companies to manage development costs and rebuild existing mechanics to better make use of resources.
Together IaaS, PaaS and SaaS are giving companies the ability to take on as little or as much of the cloud as they need.