Cloud Service Delivery Models
Cloud services come in several different, however, quite specific pre-packaged resources.
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Six common cloud services models that are currently well established and commonly deployed are: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Storage as a Service (STaaS), Data as a Service (DaaS), Function as a Service (FaaS).
Let’s briefly go over each type to give you a basic understanding of the differences.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
1Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a cloud service that essentially provides computing power. Instead of having a ton of servers, machines and other devices physically located within in your office, these components are “virtualized” and accessed over the internet.
Hardware that would normally be on premise, such as Servers with processors, memory, storage, and more are instead delivered virtually over the Internet.
While as an IaaS customer, you are not burdened with having to manage the equipment within the cloud infrastructure; however, you do have tremendous control over the operating systems, storage, applications and more.
Companies that lack the space, cooling systems, man power and more required for on premise infrastructure can turn to IaaS for a fast and cost effective solution.
The costs are quite low considering and IaaS can scale up or down quickly as needed.
Storage as a Service (STaaS)
2Storage as a service (STaaS) is a pretty straight forward cloud services model. You know that off-site backup that you do every night? Well, the backup that we hope you are doing. If you are doing off-site backups properly, you are basically renting data storage space within a cloud infrastructure that is setup to allow you to store files and other data.
If you have any form of critical data that you want saved and protected, Storage as a service (STaaS) is a must. Once setup properly, it’s a convenient and a quite simple way to manage backups, save files off site and so much more.
If you can imagine a catastrophic on premise storage failure where all of your data is lost forever, then the cost savings from a Storage as a service (STaaS) provider sure begins to add up quickly.
Seriously, if you are not already using Storage as a service (STaaS), please contact us immediately. At a minimum, we will help get your data backups setup and more.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
3Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a bit more advanced. It’s not something a basic end user is ever really directly involved with. However, it is something that a basic end user reaps the benefits of on a daily basis.
Being the scenes of a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, there’s super guru computer people diligently at work for you.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivers development and operating environments as a service over the internet quickly and efficiently.
A PaaS provider hosts the hardware and software needed for your business within its own infrastructure. This ultimately eliminates on premise installation and management of hardware and software to develop or run new applications.
Companies that want to implement agile development methodologies are the most suited for PaaS.
Data as a Service (DaaS)
4Remember the discussion on Storage as a service (STaaS)? To keep it simple, that conversation was about “files” and “folders”. With Data as a Service (DaaS), we are talking about Data such as databases.
With Data as a Service (DaaS), databases (or “object containers”) are readily accessible via the internet through a Cloud-based platform. Data is managed on demand and offsite as opposed to having all the needed equipment within your office location. At a minimum, since the backing up of all data off site is critical, that part is already done. In addition, Data as a Service providers give you all the tools needed to make the service work.
Function as a Service (FaaS)
5The idea behind FaaS is serverless computing via serverless architectures. Sounds complex, well it is and it’s really pretty amazing. Function as a Service (FaaS) allows developers the ability to deploy an individual function, action, or logic.
These functions are expected to start within milliseconds and process individual requests. Once the process ends, Function as a Service (FaaS) cleans up after itself.
If you are shopping for Function as a Service (FaaS), one of your goals may be to get billed based on consumption and executions, not server instance sizes.
Function as a service (FaaS) is a cloud platform that allows customers to develop, run, and manage application functionalities without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure needed.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
6Simply put, Software as a Service (SaaS) lets you utilize applications over the internet. Previous to Software as a Service (SaaS) you had to spend a lot of money on CD’s and DVD’s of your needed programs.
You had to store the media, maintain licenses, administer users, and install updates to your programs and more. Now, the most common business programs run on a cloud infrastructure. Those business applications are easily accessible via the internet.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is the most widely used cloud computing service model and the library of tools grows daily. If you are about to purchase business tools such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc, get in contact with us so that we can save you money immediately.
In summary, with Cloud Services
7With Cloud Services there is no need to make large upfront investments.
Gone are the days of buying hardware and spending time managing it. Gone are the days of limitations.
With Cloud Services you gain increased accessibility, flexibility, scalability and security. That is just the beginning. Cloud services have revolutionized the way businesses run. Whether you need SaaS, PaaS, DaaS, STaaS, FaaS or IaaS, there is a suitable cloud service model to fulfill virtually any information systems and technology need that you can think of. We can assist you with selecting your all of your business class needs such as internet, voice, data, cloud and cellular services. Click here to contact us.