While many organisations have become aware of how cloud services can allow their workplaces to operate smoothly, there are still many aspects of these services that may not be fully understood. One of the most important steps to utilising cloud services optimally is understanding what type of cloud service model is the right fit for your organisation.
Many of these models may even have similar names, such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (Paas) and software as a service (SaaS). The fact that these different products have similarities in how they are labelled may add even more confusion when determining which is the right choice.
Still, it is important that your organisation invests the time to understand these cloud service models and assess which type will best fit your needs. When selecting the right technology, consider what makes each of these models different:
- IaaS—This type of cloud model means that the provider is the owner and manager of the infrastructure that hosts your software stack, including servers, networks and storage. This type of service may be optimal for organisations that do not want to purchase or maintain their own hardware. While using an IaaS service, your IT team will still be in charge of managing your organisation’s data, operating systems, applications and functions. This means that organisations generally have greater control and flexibility using IaaS models compared with other types of service models.
- PaaS—Like IaaS models, PaaS service providers own and maintain the hardware for an organisation’s data. Furthmore, with PaaS services, the provider will also supply operating systems and databases, which means less labour for your IT employees. Your organisation will still be responsible for maintaining applications, functions and other data. PaaS models may help to facilitate collaborative work between employees who are working remotely.
- SaaS—SaaS models are generally the simplest type of cloud service model for users to operate. These models provide secure storage of data in the cloud, meaning that users do not have to worry about losing information just because their device might break or be misplaced. Typically, SaaS models do not require downloads, installations or updates, as these aspects of the software are managed by the service provider.
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