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Every day, more and more businesses are moving their operations to the cloud. There are many benefits to making the switch. However, choosing the correct cloud-based service depends a lot on your business model, needs, goals, etc.

Three common types of cloud services are SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS. Here we discuss the uses and advantages of each type and how to decide which one is right for your business.

What is SaaS (Software as a Service)?

SaaS is the most popular cloud-based service. With SaaS, third-party vendors install, manage, and upgrade your business applications. Users access these applications in the cloud and support is provided remotely, freeing up your IT department’s time to focus on other tasks.

Some examples include:

  • DropBox
  • Salesforce
  • Google Workspace
  • SAP Concur

Best Uses

Many startups and small companies use SaaS to launch new products or services quickly. Likewise, larger companies use SaaS to handle short-term software-based projects. SaaS is also useful when companies need applications that require web and mobile access.

What is IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)?

IaaS is a pay-as-you-go cloud-based service. With IaaS, businesses can purchase computing resources on an as-needed basis. They are typically responsible for managing their own applications, however, the IaaS vendor will manage servers, storage, hard drives, etc.

IaaS is the most flexible and scalable cloud-based service available. Businesses maintain complete control of their infrastructure with IaaS. Some IaaS examples include:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Rackspace
  • Google Compute Engine

Best Uses

Due to its ease of deployment and scalability, IaaS is great for companies experiencing rapid growth. These companies can add capacity as their needs and goals evolve over time.

IaaS is also a great option for larger companies who want to maintain control over their infrastructure but only want to purchase the cloud-based services they need.

What is PaaS (Platform as a Service)?

PaaS is a framework where developers build customizable software applications for businesses. Developers can design and create applications that serve a particular need/process in a company and deliver these solutions on a subscription basis.

PaaS can be a low-cost and highly scalable development option for companies that need custom solutions without the burden and complexity of in-house software development.

Some PaaS examples include:

  • OpenShift
  • Google App Engine
  • Heroku

Best Uses

PaaS is a great solution for projects with tighter budgets or companies looking to reduce costs. Not to mention, PaaS is entirely customizable and scalable, so it can change as your company changes over time.

How VSN Can Help Find the Right Solution for You

Regardless if your company requires SaaS, Iaas, or PaaS solutions, Vector Security Networks can provide network services that fit your company’s particular set of business needs and goals. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how “as a service” solutions can help your business.