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IaaS, PaaS, SaaS: Which is Best for Your Business?

The number-one goal of business owners for their technology is to achieve ROI. Technology investments are often difficult ventures because either the capital isn’t there, or because the limited technical knowledge of the key players makes the long-term investment seem a little cloudy. With new advancements in cloud computing and some strategic IT planning, you can find a technology solution that works well for your business.

As a business, it’s important that you understand the various cloud computing models and how each affects your workflow. These models – SaaS, PaaS, IaaS – each offer some incredible benefits for companies looking to migrate to the cloud.

Below, we break down the main cloud computing models and show you how they could help drive innovation and improvements in your business.

70% of enterprises will be implementing a multi-cloud strategy by 2019. – Gartner


Software-as-a-service, or SaaS, is a flexible cloud model that gives you access to software and applications like mail, ERP, collaboration and office productivity without purchasing a licensed copy outright. Instead, you engage with a platform’s tools via subscription, often through a web browser or custom desktop portal. The software provider allows you to simply log in. This is typically available for a monthly cost by usage. No purchasing big software licenses that limit you to a single version.

With SaaS, you cut down on your CAPEX spend, because “as-a-service” models are operating expenses. Not only does this lower heavy upfront costs, but it can always be tax-exempt. This is an incredible financial benefit for startups and growing companies.

Plus, with SaaS programs, your IT department doesn’t have to manage patches and updates. These are performed regularly by the provider so you always have the latest version with full protection and functionality. Likewise, development time is significantly diminished.


Platform-as-a-service, or PaaS, is ideal for companies who need development tools in a virtualized environment for more efficiency and productivity.

If your business is building an app, PaaS can give you affordable, flexible access to computing tools and infrastructure that would be very expensive to purchase and operate.

With PaaS access, you can scale resources easily as the need arises, using only what you need, when you need it. Through this model, you can develop, deploy and manage your programs and apps without overloading your own server space. And development teams can keep working on task, on budget and on schedule without affecting other areas of your operation.

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Infrastructure-as-a-service, or IaaS, is foundational cloud migration for your business. Through this model, your cloud provider, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, delivers and manages your storage, your computing power, your networking and your hosting. You maintain responsibility and control of your software, data and applications.

With IaaS, you get incredible availability, reliability and security for specific projects or variable workloads. And because these cloud providers often support enterprise businesses, you can enjoy enterprise-level technology no matter what size your company is.

Cloud Computing with Continuity Centers

Making the jump to the cloud can be complicated, especially if you don’t have a full grasp on how those tools will affect future performance. To ensure you have a smooth transition and have selected the right technology for your business, contact Continuity Centers. We’ve got the cloud experience to help you reach your business goals.

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