March 09, 2017 14:46
Published: July 04, 2016 16:37
The other day, we introduced a few ways that a business can take advantage of cloud-based computing. Today, we’re going to dive into some other ways that can be done.
This type of program is a variant on the typical SaaS structure. Instead of depending on an outside provider like Google or Amazon to access the programs that your company uses, the manufacturer of the software provides the infrastructure for the end user to access.
This type of service has some advantages over a typical SaaS environment in that the overall stability of the service is higher than that of a standard SaaS product. Because the infrastructure is provided by the software manufacturer, an end user doesn’t need to depend on an outside organization to help them access the programs they need to get their work done. This cuts out the middleman and makes the connection to your programs more stable and secure.
Some examples of PaaS that are operational in the market today are IBM’s Bluemix and Heroku platforms, Microsoft’s Apprenda, and in 2014, the PaaS market expanded into the mobile market to assist and include mobile web and app developers. Some of those companies are Kinvey, Cloudmine, and AnyPresence.
As far as the different methods of cloud computing are concerned, besides web-based cloud systems, one of the most popular methods is utility computing. Many companies utilize this method for its ease of use and ability to track on the expense report. Bottom line, and all that.
Basically, what this means is that a business (you) rents service from a provider (someone like us…) on either a metered scale or on a revolving monthly service fee. The reason that this particular method has become so popular is twofold.
Ease of use- The commonality and popularity of this setup has made it extremely easy to use, not only because just about every provider has a way to get it done, but the structure of this type of program has been around for a long time, and so has been made efficient and easy to use.
Metrics- As this system is well out of its infancy, the ability for a business owner to track this type of expense is also pretty easy. Most providers will be able to provide you with a full statement on request or upon a predetermined schedule, which should put at least a passable grin on your accountant’s face.
Both of these systems are effective means of cloud computing, and can be further explained to you by your provider if you have any further questions. If you don’t have a provider, or are thinking about getting one, please feel free to reach out to us.