SaaS: Software as a Service
A look into Software as a Service
Software as a Service is a model for the distribution and licensing of software. A provider centrally hosts the software service and it can be accessed by users on a subscription basis. The SaaS model is growing and so is the demand for it. It is used in many different businesses and everyday applications: messaging, payroll, document creation, databases, development, virtualization, collaboration, customer relationship management (CRM), invoicing, and many other areas. At home you might see SaaS used regularly with TV subscriptions, a site like Netflix or Hulu will host the content and software that is being used and the users will access it from their own machine.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a model of cloud computing that allows a host to provide a customer with computing resources. In the IaaS model the cloud computing provider hosts the infrastructure that consists of things like data centers, servers, storage, networking hardware and the virtualization. In addition to typical infrastructure functions the IaaS host often provides other services like monitoring, log access, security and storage resiliency.
IaaS providers enable their customers to further automate and monitor their infrastructure and data than a typical on-premises system.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud computing services model that provides a platform (hardware and software tools) giving customers the ability to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of having to install, build, and maintain applications infrastructure. The majority of PaaS platforms are focused on software development. Often these products not only provide an environment where applications can be built and tested but also a collaborative environment that allows a development team to work together seamlessly.
Microsoft 365 (M365): Microsoft 365 is a Software as a Service (SaaS) that is hosted by Microsoft and used by many people everyday. M365 allows you to securely collaborate with teammates and business partners in order to edit the same documents, presentations, and assets. This is extremely helpful in today’s business ecosystem where many team members are remote and/or available at different times. The collaborative process of a SaaS service like M365 unifies workers under one secure system that works for all users.
Azure: Microsoft Azure is a service that supplies computing power for the creation, management, deployment, and the testing of services and applications. Azure has three options when it comes to service type: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The SaaS that Azure supplies allows many users access to a database that is hosted by Microsoft, although Azure is capable of much more, this is part of its base functionality.
Dynamics 365 (D365): Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a pairing of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) tools. The application allows businesses to keep track of their leads and better plan how to leverage those relationships. D365 is a SaaS product that combines the best features of ERP’s and CRM’s allowing users to gain competitive advantage with better planning and analysis of resources.
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