At this point, it’s clear that Software as a Service can play a role in cloud computing but is not the entirety of what cloud computing solutions have to offer. However, there are a few other notable differences that should be taken into account when weighing the choice to employ SaaS applications in a personal or business environment.
There’s no denying that these concepts are related, but they are not the same. Software as a Service is available to the end-user from a separate cloud environment – this means that if your business maintains its own cloud network, such as through a private cloud third-party provider, the customer data associated with the use of a SaaS application is still stored and managed by the SaaS provider. While the same sorts of infrastructure, data centers, and security protocols are in place, the SaaS vendor uses these tools to support use of SaaS, not to facilitate in other needs of customers.
Cloud computing, on the other hand, offer services similar to SaaS applications in addition to other solutions that can be used to develop a cohesive approach to cloud-based data storage. It can encompass IaaS solutions or an IaaS model that allows for the use of servers, data centers, and security resources to manage central business processes, as well as PaaS products that developers can use to create, test, and deploy software. With a comprehensive cloud computing solution in place, these opportunities come together as one rather than existing as disparate parts.
For companies with limited business needs, such as new startups with demands that don’t go far beyond bookkeeping programs and spreadsheets, simple SaaS solutions may be adequate, at least in the early days when resources are spread thin. However, employing a cloud infrastructure themselves or outsourcing to cloud service providers often serves businesses more successfully, creating a custom environment that can effectively meet all business objectives.
For those seeking a more comprehensive approach to cloud computing, a third-party provider can offer complete, affordable, and flexible opportunities that reduce overhead without limiting access to resources. With help from Avatara’s CompleteCloud platform, it’s possible to make a seamless transition from conventional computing to a comprehensive and fully customized cloud computing infrastructure.