When you make the decision to use cloud services to run your business’ application or infrastructure, it is important you are getting all the services that you need for things to function properly and run smoothly, without having unnecessary products in your queue. Cloud services is a broad concept that covers every possible kind of online service available, and it is important that you understand the fundamental differences of how the core categories work. Here, we will discuss the uses for and differences between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). First, breaking down the acronyms will help you get a better idea what each package means to your business. As it implies, “…as-a-Service,” means that what is included in each package is managed and provided by the managed private cloud hosting services provider.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the most common, as well as the most simple, cloud market. SaaS uses the web to deliver applications that are managed by a third-party vendor. This means that all of the tools and features are included — hosted applications, development tools, database management, business analytics, operating systems, servers and storage, and networking security. SaaS nearly eliminates the need for in-house management and storage, and it offers a nearly automated platform. Some common examples of SaaS cloud markets in use include Google Apps, Gmail, and Netflix.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a step down from SaaS and appeals to developers who want to code, test, and deploy their applications while allowing them to avoid the hassle of dealing with hardware-oriented tasks, such as updating operating systems. PaaS cloud markets include management of a physical data building, network firewalls/ security, access to online servers and storage, management of operating systems and development tools, database management, and business analytics. PaaS offers a framework for developers to build upon.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is the most basic foundation package of cloud services. IaaS is essentially a virtual data center. IaaS includes virtual access to a physical data center building without having to set foot inside, access to servers and online storage, and the protection of networking firewalls/ security. This means that you have the benefit of the ability to deploy automated servers, complete storage and file management, and networking, all without having to plan for or provide the physical space for storage and use of these features. From the IaaS package, you have the flexibility to develop and deploy PaaS, SaaS, and web-scale applications. Many small businesses can benefit from “renting” virtual storage space rather than managing their own.

Which cloud market you invest in will depend on what type of business you run and what tasks you are equipped to manage on your own. IaaS allows for an involved developer to be more in control, while a SaaS manages all of the backend work, allowing you to focus on running your company and deliver products, seamlessly, to your customers. If you have questions about which cloud market is ideal for your company or for a managed private cloud hosting services provider, contact the cloud experts at viLogics today!