What are “as-a-service” solutions, and how can they help you?

January 16, 20194 minute read

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As-a-service solutions are making serious tracks in the tech world, helping IT teams and organizations simplify, streamline, and optimize. But with so many solutions and new technologies hitting the market, it can be difficult to wrap your head around each one and what it can provide your business.

Here’s a handy, bite-sized guide to some of the key players on the as-a-service stage:

IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized hardware and computing resources, which can easily scale with your growing business, via the internet. It takes the complexity out of managing server space, bandwidth, load balancing, and network connections. Not to mention, all this hardware is hosted externally, so businesses with small premises and limited support don’t have to worry about hosting in-house.

PaaS: Platform as a Service

Platform as a Service creates a space in which developers can create applications. By creating these within a virtualized environment, the tools and infrastructure supporting the whole process are externally managed. It sets developers and support teams free from needing to think about upgrading technical features, updating services, and handling servers. Since you don’t own anything outright, you only pay for what you use, making it achievable for small and midsize businesses to access and utilize high-level computing power.

SaaS: Software as a Service

Software as a Service is one of the most popular service models. Buying access to software and using it from the cloud takes away the strain of buying it outright and the complexity of installing it on multiple machines, managing updates, and ensuring you have the computing power capable of running it. SaaS and PaaS are often used in conjunction with IaaS—together, they form the three main categories of cloud computing services.

XaaS: Everything as a Service

As the name suggests, Everything as a Service provides anything and everything a business might want or need. It’s the combination of fully customizable computing environments that create specific experiences to demand. Reliable internet connectivity and a resilient cloud platform are all that’s needed to make it work.

DRaaS: Disaster Recovery as Service

Something that’s becoming more popular due to an ongoing cyber war with hackers, Disaster Recovery as a Service helps businesses maintain continuity and bounce back from downtime in the event of data leaks, infections, or server failure. Using DRaaS, you can replicate infrastructure, applications, and data.

DaaS: Device as a Service

In an increasingly complex, device-rich IT environment, Device as a Service, sometimes known as PC as a Service (PCaaS), simplifies how organizations equip staff with the right hardware and accessories and manage multi-OS device fleets. The rising star of this model is HP DaaS, a one-stop solution that combines hardware and lifecycle services to make a company more efficient, improve employee experience, and free up IT resources.

From HP’s unique, insightful analytics with HP TechPulse, which allow you to identify, predict, and address issues before they stop working—improving productivity—to cost predictability with simple, flexible plans that scale up or down to meet your changing needs, it has everything you need to simplify your IT processes and maximize your resources. With HP DaaS you also get one price per device, so you never pay for more than you need, an ever-present virtual security guard, and an IT team free to work on tech initiatives and innovations that optimize their processes and the organization as whole.

As the as-a-service revolution continues, having these definitions in your back pocket will help you stay one step ahead of the competition. Keep these solutions in mind, and you’ll be positioned to streamline, simplify, and optimize your organization’s operations, so you don’t miss a beat—and your business doesn’t, either.

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