What is Cloud and SaaS?

What is Cloud Computing?

cloudsCloud computing is best described as the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

In todays rapidly changing business climate, cloud computing is a very powerful and necessary resource for most business operations. Cloud computing is a model where all IT hardware, infrastructure, software and other elements are made available to end-users over the Internet, allowing businesses to buy only the type and amount of computing services that they require. Historically, organizations had to invest heavily into infrastructure and IT manpower to build and maintain complex systems. Now, those systems are managed by the service providers and all the customer data is easily accessible online.

This is different from outsourcing in that users do not pass their own IT system to a third party. Instead they simply plug into the Cloud to access the IT infrastructure, platform, or software being offered.

What is Software-as-a-Service?

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is the software component of cloud computing. It is a method of delivering software applications and functionality to end-users over the Internet through a web browser, instead of locally hosted or installed software.

SaaS eliminates the customer’s requirements for servers, storage, development and other common IT concerns. Well known examples of SaaS include Salesforce.com, Google’s Gmail and Skype.

Top 6 reasons for switching to SaaS

Accessible Anywhere

Save Time

Increase Productivity

Reduce Costs

Increase Security

Continual Upgrading


Historically, companies were required to buy, build, and maintain their IT infrastructures despite exponential costs. SaaS service gives companies an alternative. Now, users can simply plug in and subscribe to services built on shared infrastructure via the Internet. The SaaS model has flourished in recent years because of the many benefits it offers to businesses of all sizes and types. Here’s what’s driving customers to take advantage of SaaS solutions:

  • High User Adoption 
    SaaS applications are available from any computer or any device—anytime, anywhere. Most people are very familiar with the process and therefore cloud tools and application tend to have a high user adoption rate.
  • Lower Initial Costs 
    Since SaaS applications are subscription based there are no licensing fees. This mean lower initial costs for the end users. Having the SaaS provider managing the IT infrastructure means lower IT costs for hardware, software, and the people needed to maintain and manage it all.
  • Painless Upgrades
    Because the SaaS provider manages all updates and upgrades, there are no patches or new releases for customers to download or install. The SaaS provider also manages availability, so there’s no need for customers to add hardware, software, or bandwidth as the installation grows.

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