Types of cloud services: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS


Most cloud computing services fall into three broad categories: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (Saas). These are sometimes called the cloud computing stack, because they build on top of one another. Knowing what they are and how they’re different makes it easier to accomplish your business goals.


Generally, cloud computing services are categorized into three types:-

1) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This service provides the infrastructure like Servers, Operating Systems, Virtual Machines, Networks, and Storage etc on rent basis.

Eg: Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure

2) Platform as a Service (PaaS): This service is used in developing, testing and maintaining of software. PaaS is same as IaaS but also provides the additional tools like DBMS, BI services etc.

Eg: Apprenda, Red Hat OpenShift

3) Software as a Service (SaaS): This service makes the users connect to the applications through Internet on a subscription basis.

Eg: Google Applications, Salesforce

Some of the other service categories which are more commonly classified as Anything as a Service (XAAS) are:

Storage as a Service (SAAS)

Storage as a Service is a business model in which a large company rents space in their storage infrastructure to a smaller company or individual. The economy of scale in the service provider’s infrastructure theoretically allows them to provide storage much more cost effectively than most individuals or corporations can provide their own storage, when total cost of ownership is considered. Storage as a Service is generally seen as a good alternative for a small or mid-sized business that lacks the capital budget and/or technical personnel to implement and maintain their own storage infrastructure.

Communications as a Service (CAAS)

Communications as a Service (CAAS) is an outsourced enterprise communications solution that can be leased from a single vendor. Such communications can include voice over IP (VoIP or Internet telephony), instant messaging (IM), collaboration and video conference applications using fixed and mobile devices. The CAAS vendor is responsible for all hardware and software management and offers guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS). CAAS allows businesses to selectively deploy communications devices and modes on a pay-as-you-go, as-needed basis.

Network as a Service (NAAS)

Network as a Service (NAAS), a framework that integrates current cloud computing offerings with direct, yet secure, client access to the network infrastructure. NAAS is a new cloud computing model in which the clients have access to additional computing resources collocated with switches and routers. NAAS can include flexible and extended Virtual Private Network (VPN), bandwidth on demand, custom routing, multicast protocols, security firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, Wide Area Network (WAN), content monitoring and filtering, and antivirus.

Monitoring as a Service (MAAS)

Monitoring-as-a-service (MAAS) is a framework that facilitates the deployment of monitoring functionalities for various other services and applications within the cloud. The most common application for MAAS is online state monitoring, which continuously tracks certain states of applications, networks, systems, instances or any element that may be deployable within the cloud. MAAS makes it easier for users to deploy state monitoring at different levels of Cloud services.

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