Gone are the days of physical backups and hoarding drives, everything can now be uploaded in the Cloud. Google Drive, One Drive, iCloud, these are just some of the big names when it comes to cloud storage services. But what if this is all on a big scale, like as big as a starting industry? That can be referred to as Cloud Computing.
Cloud Computing allows large-scale storage for databases and hosting websites or applications, it can also be a service that hosting providers offer to companies who are looking to expand their business. Cloud Computing makes it easier for business to merge into new technology and make their business more accessible not only for their clients but also for their employees.
There are several benefits to Cloud Computing, namely accessibility, scalability, flexibility, increased security and privacy, amongst other things, but we will get to that some other time. Many organizations use Cloud Computing to optimize the different services they offer by ensuring positive customer experience, and it is truly about time that corporations upgrade to utilizing the internet and reaping its benefits.
So, Cloud Computing types, what are they exactly?
There are three major types of Cloud Computing: IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS.
IaaS means Infrastructure as a Service, SaaS means Software as a Service, and PaaS means Platform as a Service. All three of them serves different function and utilities, with various benefits for their intended purposes.
IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service
With IaaS, different organizations and businesses can outsource for companies that offer cloud-based servers and storage, server security, server resources, etc. An IaaS provider is responsible for their client’s server, server data and information, server maintenance, software licenses, security, and privacy. This way, customers do not have to worry about IT backroom details, now they can focus on the user end of their business.
SaaS or Software as a Service
SaaS is very much prominent, not only to the tech industry but to people who use their services. Software as a Service is about distributing software over the internet so people, not just businesses or organizations, can access and utilize the software for whatever purposes it may serve them. Maintenance and updates are provided and automized by the service provider, and the user is responsible for paying a monthly or yearly fee, as SaaS organizations are usually run with monthly or yearly subscriptions to continue using their services.
PaaS or Platform as a Service
This one is famous for developers, amateurs or well-seasoned ones. Platform as a Service provides necessary tools for them to build applications and use their resources. PaaS organizations provide their clients' middleware or a secured environment where developers can simulate applications while it is still in the building phase. As expected, Platform as a Service providers has their own development tools and analytics function to offer to their users.
What are their differences in terms of who’s controlling what?
Infrastructure as a Service providers will be responsible for the servers, data storage, and network since they will be providing most of these resources while you manage your data, applications, dedicated hardware, etc. since they are only providing you cloud-based hosting services.
Software as a Service providers will be responsible for everything, from handling data to storage, this can be the reason why most SaaS providers run monthly or yearly subscription to keep their businesses afloat and running. Users of SaaS do not need to worry about maintaining servers or upgrading software, the most users can do for SaaS providers is to install a phone app or a desktop application after signing up for the service.
Platform as a Service providers will be responsible for maintaining everything, except for the data and applications you will use. They will provide an environment where you can develop applications, and they also provide the software and hardware if needed by the client.
"Which one should I use?"
As mentioned above, some services may overlap, yet they serve different purposes for different individuals or businesses. You can utilize them, use their offered services until you perfected running a business but it is advisable that you stick with one provider if you find that their services cater to match your needs.
Are you looking for a service provider who is completely scalable for a project you are doing? You are a perfect candidate for Infrastructure as a Service client. Their services are mostly base packages that you can mix and match upon your request or how your project can utilize it.
Is your business a startup e-commerce company with little to no contact with an IT support team? Software as a Service can be a lot of help in launching your project. You do not have to think anything else but your front-end business.
Is your developer team collaborating on the same project? It might be time to look for a Platform as a Service provider to help them with their project. PaaS providers can provide easier accessibility and flexibility for your team, not to mention, it can also be an inexpensive way to keep developing problems at bay.
Whatever your business is or whatever purpose it may serve, make sure that your chosen provider meets your exact needs, be transparent and honest with your service providers since they are here to help your business expand and grow.