We’ve written quite a bit about how to use cloud storage, as well as what risks are associated with cloud computing. However, there are several different segments of cloud computing that we have yet to identify or explain. In this blog post, we’ve identified three important segments of cloud computing as well as what purposes they best serve:
Software as a Service (SaaS) also known as “software on demand” is when you rent software from a vendor who hosts that software on centralized network servers making it available to users over the Internet. Currently this is the most popular cloud computing segment as it allows users to access data from anywhere, in turn giving them more freedom and agility. The most common SaaS applications include services like Google Docs and most customer relationship management (CRM) applications.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) offers a development platform for developers meaning that users write their own code, and the PaaS vendor uploads the code and displays it online. Facebook is an example of one type of a PaaS “social application platform,” in that end-users can write new applications that are made available to other end-users.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), sometimes referred to as Hardware as a Service (HaaS), manages hosting and develops online environments for users. A good example of IaaS would be Amazon.com. Users utilize the Amazon infrastructure to sell their products, and in doing so avoid the costs associated with running an online platform like that.
Understanding the differences between these types of cloud computing services should ultimately help you understand if: a. cloud computing is right for your business at all, and b. if it is, which type of cloud computing is right for your business. No matter which segment best fits your needs, consider using remote access tools like TappIn Pro, which allow you to safely and securely conduct cloud computing, from anywhere on any device.
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