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April 10, 2017 - admin

Comparing PaaS to Other Types of Managed Services and Choosing the Right One

If you’ve been getting yourself familiar with the different types of managed services out there, you may still be trying to discover which one is right for your company. Perhaps you’ve already taken a look at Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS). But, you believe there’s still a better match out there for your company’s network. If you’ve weighed all your options and you’re still not satisfied, then we have one more type of managed service for you. Could a Platform as a Service what you need for your company?

The Difference Between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
When it comes to managed services, you can essentially separate the main types into three tiers.

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If we’re going from the first tier up, we’ll start with IaaS, which as you know, stands for “Infrastructure as a Service.” This is considered the lowest level, as it provides the basics in order for a company to get itself off the ground.  An IaaS provider will deliver cloud computing infrastructure such as storage and a server. The rest, like managing applications and data, is completely up to the user. Think of it as hiring a party planner to give you tips about a planning a party.

Next up the pyramid is Platform as a Service. A Platform as a Service is a type of managed service that may seem very similar to a Software as a Service. But, there are some key differences that would make a company lean more towards one than the other. PaaS uses different platforms to allow users to build, develop, and run applications and services over the Internet, without needing to develop their own infrastructure to match it. Companies can choose what functions they want to utilize and deploy, in an environment, or “platform” that suits them best. This one can be thought as hiring a venue to book your party with some features included, but the rest is up to you.

Last is SaaS, and is the highest level of managed service functions. Unlike PaaS, SaaS already has ready-to-use applications in place so you can do whatever you need to do for your business, such as email marketing,  which is all managed by the vendor. If we use our party analogy one more time, this would be if you booked a venue that provided absolutely everything you’d need for your party, from the food right down to the confetti. All you have to do is tell them what you like, and show up.

 

Which Companies PaaS Would Be Good For

As you can see, PaaS falls in the middle of IaaS and SaaS. It is ideal for web developers, software developers, and businesses who essentially want to have more flexibility with the applications and software they want to deploy, but wouldn’t mind someone helping them along the way. You’re given leverage from that platform you’re using to build what you want, while the vendor, or MSP, manages the rest.

Iaas might be good for a start-up business that wants to build but doesn’t have the budget to invest in additional tools. Likewise, Saas is good for a company who wants complete functionality to deploy apps that are already built in.

If you think PaaS is the right managed service for you, then take a look at our Wowrack PaaS package. Right now, we’re having a Corporate Cloud Promotion that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Contact us today to learn more.

 

What You Can Expect with Platform as a Service
If you choose to go with PaaS, then you’ve made a good choice. PaaS has a lot of great benefits. First of all, you get to choose what you pay for. Based on what kinds of perks you’re looking for with your PaaS, will determine what price you pay for the package.
One platform that’s often used with PaaS is Microsoft Office 365. However, instead of just getting what the platform itself would offer, you’d be getting much more than that when you take it as a Platform as a Service. That’s because the managed service provider will include system administration expertise and support on top of those platform functions; and,  at no extra cost.

With Platform as a Service, you really get the best of both worlds.

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