2020 has been a challenging time far for most organizations. It may be that your business was prepared for the pandemic with suitable infrastructure enabling your teams to continue their work from home. But there were certainly many who were less prepared and had to act fast to source laptops for their employees and deploy secure connections. While the desperate scrambling may have been stressful, you can probably see how with merely just a credit card, you were able to subscribe to digital tools that would have previously taken a long time to implement. The catalyst and enabler for businesses to acquire such a wide variety of computing services over the Internet is called Anything as a Service, or X as a Service. In this post, we will explain what is Anything as a Service (XaaS) and how the model works.
What is XaaS?
XaaS is a form of computing that provides technology-related services over the Internet, usually on a subscription basis. There are various emerging ‘as a service’ models that fall under the unifier of XaaS.
What are the different types of XaaS?
While there are various different types of ‘as a service’ models, the arena is still dominated by three central areas, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Software as a service (SaaS)
SaaS is the most popular of the services today and is a model where applications are provided over the Internet on a subscription basis. Typically, the user only needs an internet connection and a device with a web browser with no additional software requirements. Some examples of SaaS are Microsoft 365, Dropbox, and Salesforce.
Platform as a service (PaaS)
PaaS provides a range of computing solutions from a central platform and is delivered over the Internet. PaaS capabilities are those that meet several background technology operations of a business. In particular, PaaS providers deliver comprehensive development and deployment functions for web-based applications. This includes databases, development languages, reporting tools, and application storage. Some examples of PaaS include Windows Azure and Google App Engine.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
IaaS is deemed an instant technology infrastructure. Similarly to SaaS and PaaS, this model is hosted centrally by a provider and delivered over the Internet. IaaS primarily provides services for website hosting, backups and recovery, as well as advanced system analytics. Some examples of IaaS include Google Compute Engine (GCE) and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Outside of the three main ‘as a service’ models, there are many other emerging solutions. Here is a handful or examples:
Communication as a service (CaaS) is the provision of telephony (such as VoIP), messaging, and video conferencing as on-demand services.
Desktop as a service (DaaS)– this solution allows the user to access a virtual desktop infrastructure from almost any device and any place with an internet connection.
Security as a service (SECaaS), is a model where the provider hosts and manages the security requirements of a business over the Internet. SECaaS include modalities such as antivirus, email security, encryption, and access management.
Benefits of XaaS
In its most simplistic sense, XaaS is a way to efficiently acquire and use a wide variety of computing services over the Internet. You might be wondering why this form of computing might be advantageous.
By choosing service solutions delivered through the Internet, your business can essentially bypass the need to build its own computing infrastructure. As a result, the complexity of a solution is, therefore, reduced as it will be largely outsourced. The model allows for the services to be swiftly configured and scaled. Also, in adopting this model, you will be benefiting financially as you will be lessening the need to invest in new hardware and software. Instead of planning and maintaining these solutions, you can acquire them as fully operative services.
Future of XaaS
The journey of technology developments over the years has been remarkable in so many ways. Not so long ago, it would have been difficult to comprehend today’s environment of smartphones, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Unsurprisingly, for many it has been difficult to adjust to the new realms of modern technology. Over the past two decades, several aspects of business technology have been transformed into a range of services that eliminate complexity and simply provide an on-demand solution through the Internet. This characteristic of XaaS requires adaptability and a shift in mindset. That being said, many traditional technology solutions still remain relevant and are not going anywhere soon. It is therefore worthwhile to preserve an open mind and to keep up to date with the trends to enable you to make the best decisions for your business.
Here, at Millennium Group, we take time to understand your business and its strategic goals. We then help you develop technology solutions that propel yourbusiness further. Most importantly, we are with you every step of the way. We are only a call away (970) 663-1200.
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