InsideBIGDATA Guide to Hyperscaling Your SaaS Infrastructure

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Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over the Internet. Instead of companies installing software on their own servers, known as the on premises distribution model, application software providers host the software in the cloud and charge customers according to the time they spend using the software, or based on a monthly or annual fee. Our company is becoming increasingly popular, and as the industry develops, more and more companies are dropping older business models in favor of this rapidly evolving methodology.  Some of the benefits of our model are that it is easier to administrate, all users have the same version of the software because updates and patch management will be done automatically, and plus collaboration is a lot easier. In addition, SaaS serves to grant global accessibility, making remote work models easier, which reduces costs and improves work performance. From productivity apps and CRM application suites to software services which manage cloud apps and deployments and even enable the creation of hybrid clouds, SaaS is extremely broad and runs the gamut.

There are a number of different types of SaaS businesses and their consumption models of middleware/development tools software. The three most common cloud infrastructure services
are: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). There is also a special type of PaaS called private PaaS. SaaS represents the largest cloud market and is still growing quickly. SaaS uses the web to deliver applications that are managed by a thirdparty vendor and whose interface is accessed on the clients’ side. Most SaaS applications can be run directly from a web browser without any downloads or installations required, although some require small plugins. Examples of well-known SaaS providers include Salesforce, Netsuite, Workday, Google Gmail, Microsoft 365, Citrix GoToMeeting, and Cisco WebEx.

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