Top Cloud Computing Trends for 2019: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS

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As the new year quickly approaches, we are counting down the top cloud computing trends for 2019. In our previous article, we explored the inspiring possibilities in store for hybrid cloud infrastructures.

We will now be taking a look at the growing concept of delivering systems ‘as a service’. As a culture we are constantly hurtling towards fast, easily accessible solutions for everything. Anything as a Service (XaaS) is fulfilling this need. XaaS has incredible staying power and will improve in the years to come.

Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service have recently catapulted into the business world. Each of these models of cloud service is unique and innovative. Breaking down the differences of these models can help business owners decide which one can help them succeed.

What Are SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?

Software as a Service:

SaaS, also known as cloud application services, require zero installations. SaaS is run exclusively through the web and managed by a third party provider. This service eliminates the need for IT staff to manage and upgrade software on individual computers. Some familiar examples include: Dropbox, Salesforce and Google Apps.

This is an effective solution for start up companies, short-term projects and applications that see significant fluctuations in use (such as tax software).

Platform as a Service:

PaaS, or cloud platform services, offer ‘middleware’ components for software creation. This provides developers with a starting base to which they can make custom-built applications. A third party handles the complexity of updates, storage and infrastructure needs so developers can focus entirely on their work. Familiar examples include: Windows Azure and OpenShift.

This service is cost effective, scalable and vital to certain projects. It works particularly well for reducing the challenges that arise when multiple developers work on the same task.

Infrastructure as a Service:

IaaS, or cloud infrastructure services, deliver virtualized computing resources on an as-needed basis. This is the most flexible XaaS. It allows for automated deployment of storage, operating systems and servers – a remarkable advantage for scaling businesses. Familiar examples include: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace.

This service can benefit large and small enterprises alike. For startups and small businesses, IaaS responds to rapid growth while remaining budget-friendly. Big organizations can gain from having complete control over their infrastructure while only having to acquire equipment that they truly need.

XaaS, into the Future:

What is so impressive about the future of XaaS is the aptitude it will activate within enterprises. These services can distribute scalable tools to companies of all sizes to help them get ahead. All of this can be achieved without taking up space, encumbering employees and draining funds. We predict that this will be a major game-changer for businesses in the years to come.

We have been considering many of the fresh, exciting and profitable trends that will continue to rise in popularity in the new year. In our next installment of this series, we will be highlighting the security concerns that are likely to threaten cloud computing in 2019. With technological innovation comes increased risk, and knowing how to safeguard your system is necessary to sustain protection. Are you prepared for what’s to come?