It’s getting cloudy out there - from infrastructure and disaster recovery services, to virtual desktops, applications and customer relationship management, there’s a vast amount of business services now available as a cloud-based subscription. Information technology as a whole has transitioned from being local or on-site to on-demand, wherever users may be.
So much subscription-based technology has recently surfaced that they can no longer all be categorized under a single, generic term such as SaaS. Instead, the over-arching umbrella is now referred to as XaaS - where the X can represent essentially anything.
The very essence of cloud computing, XaaS is a collective term that’s also known as anything as a service or simply everything as a service. The X is given a specific name depending on the type of service the vendor is offering. Infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and of course – software-as-a-service, are all examples of XaaS variations. Despite its relatively recent emergence, the XaaS train hasn’t wasted any time covering ground quickly, having already reached enterprise-levels for a number of big vendors including Google, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.
SaaS is the first, most common and successful example of XaaS. But since that time, the movement has expanded to include:
These service niches have definitely gained a foothold: Amazon and Rackspace host various infrastructure components on behalf of users, Mailchimp runs high-performance mail servers for free or at low cost, while e-commerce businesses make recurring payment processing easy, straightforward, and quick.
Users of subscription-based services simply choose the option that is best for them, pay a per-user or usage fee per month, and the service is ready for the them to use almost immediately.
The good news for merchants is that it has become more simple and cost-effective not only to launch but also to grow an online business. Some benefits include:
Despite all the benefits of going to the cloud, there are still things to consider: for subscription-based businesses, a strong cloud services platform is essential, as users need a reliable Internet connection to reach whatever your organization is hosting. Businesses must be aware that downtime is always a possibility, and addressing any security concerns is a must before adding data to the cloud.
Cloud computing is undoubtedly changing the way IT and software is viewed and used. Connectivity and much faster computing platforms are pushing services to the Internet where they can be acquired on demand, instead of having to slog through costly on-site infrastructure. The trend is so strong that nearly any type of hardware, software, IT or business process - from education and health to news gathering - is now offered as a cloud-based service. The opportunities to start a cloud-based business are now endless. It’s a wonderful time to innovate!
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