Infrastructure as a Service vs
Platform as a Service vs Software as a Service:
Which One to Choose?

The introduction of cloud platforms for businesses across all industries has revolutionised the way IT infrastructure is operated and managed. Long gone are those days when businesses had to settle for hefty costs of on-premises servers and their upgrades. Cloud computing is the future and businesses from all sectors are shifting to this modern technology to optimise their IT sector. 

But only those businesses can acquire the benefits of cloud computing to the fullest that are capable of understanding different kinds of cloud services. Each cloud service has a unique set of benefits to offer. It primarily depends on your business needs which cloud service you choose. Here is a quick sneak peek into some of the most popular and effective cloud services:

SaaS: Software as a Service

If you are a small company running a startup or have a short-term project in the lineup, then SaaS is what serves you the best in such conditions. SaaS comprises web-based applications and services which businesses can leverage without the need for installing, downloading, or managing the application. A dedicated vendor is responsible for providing you with SaaS features. This not only saves your costs and time but also brings scalability to your business model where you can simply scale up or scale down the usage of applications in accordance with your business needs. 

There could be issues of integration and customisations if you choose SaaS as this vendor-specific cloud service makes it difficult for businesses to conduct customisations according to personalised business models. 

PaaS: Platform as a Service

If you are a business targeting business-specific customisations, then PaaS provides you with the opportunity to build custom applications based on the framework provided by the cloud platform. All you have to do is to manage the development of your application. Every other aspect of the application is supervised by the vendors. 

PaaS gives businesses the freedom to go beyond the restrictions of application development. Migration to the cloud becomes easier with PaaS. 

IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

IaaS takes cloud computing services to the next level by providing businesses with an opportunity to manage servers, network, operating systems, and other services virtually. You no longer have to purchase physical hardware to build your IT infrastructure. Everything required to perform your IT operations is provided by IaaS. IaaS turns out to be the most flexible cloud service compared to PaaS and SaaS. 

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