Contact us today!

Network Solutions Unlimited Blog

Getting to Know technology: Software as a Service

Getting to Know technology: Software as a Service

Thanks to the public cloud, which has amassed around $150 billion in annual revenues, the software as a service model has grown tremendously. In fact, it’s grown by approximately 20 percent a year for the past five years. The public cloud currently houses over a third of all applications used worldwide, making it a significant contributor to the success of software as a service (SaaS). Has your organization begun to take advantage of this phenomenon?

What is SaaS?
SaaS is a software that is accessed through the Internet. This is often provided through a service provider, a developer of the software or a third party authorized to sell or distribute it under certain conditions. The user can use the software as indicated in the service level agreement for a monthly fee. The cloud provider is responsible for hosting, management, maintenance, development, and security of the application, making it both an attractive and hands-off approach for businesses.

The Benefits of SaaS
A change from on-premise software hosting delivers three distinct benefits for your business. They are the following:

  • Eliminating hardware costs: Since you pay the developer per month for the use of their software, you don’t have to host the hardware on your infrastructure at all. This frees up a lot of extra capital that could be better spent elsewhere.
  • Eliminating management costs: Businesses don’t have to manage or maintain the system, making for a significant cost reduction.
  • Enabling remote accessibility: Any device can access a SaaS application through the Internet, allowing for access anywhere with available bandwidth.

Issues with SaaS
Nothing is perfect, even though it seems SaaS provides perhaps the biggest edge you can think of for a software solution. Some organizations must adhere to compliance regulations, which can in-turn affect cloud-based deployment of specific data or functionality. Since most cloud-based SaaS offerings are deployed through the public cloud, users’ applications are accessed using shared resources, which might rub some organizations the wrong way. Here are some of the major problems created by SaaS:

  • Potential downtime: Any solution hosted in an online environment runs the risk of downtime. Since downtime is so expensive, you need to monitor how much downtime your organization actually suffers from when using SaaS to make sure it’s actually turning a profit for you rather than becoming a cost.
  • Cost: If you’re paying a developer for monthly access to a web-based service, there’s a good chance that it will ultimately cost your business more in the long run than buying it outright. While there is a big benefit to smaller monthly payments compared to purchasing the license, when you’re considering multiple subscriptions to services, it can quickly grow overwhelming.
  • Data security: Since your organization doesn’t play a role in hosting cloud services, you’ll never know just how secure your data actually is. This might make you question how reliable these services actually are.

Overall, software as a service can be a great value for your organization… if it’s managed properly. If the public cloud scares you, there is always the option to work with a third-party MSP who can host your services privately on their own server. Network Solutions Unlimited can help you with this. To learn more, reach out to us at 217-428-6449.

Google’s Inflated Plan to Get the Internet to Bill...
Augmented Reality Growth Presents Interesting Appl...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, September 22 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Tag Cloud

Best Practice Social Media Data Security Applications Networking Mobile Nanotechnology Password Financial Technology WIndows Server 2008 Assessment Adobe Worker Commute Tip of the Week Hard Drive Data Recovery PDF WannaCry Financial Hardware Hybrid Cloud Spam Blocking Windows Ink Safety How to Smartphone Technology Two-factor Authentication Root Cause Analysis Security Document Management Law Enforcement Data storage Remote Monitoring Phishing Amazon Tech Term Physical Security Data Loss Small Business BDR Hard Drives Tablets Best Practices Save Time Experience Unsupported Software Politics Employee-Employer Relationship Excel Computing Computer Forensics Cost Management Software Licensing MSP Benefits Antivirus Automation Computers Business Management Hard Disk Drive Gamification Vendor Management Webinar Avoiding Downtime Projects Scam Outsourced IT Edge Alert Information Encryption Going Green Vendor App Google Maps Managed Service Provider Laptop Microsoft Office Loyalty Memory Screen Mirroring USB Keyboard Windows 10 Mobile Device Management Computer Audiobook Communications Cybercrime Students Printing Bandwidth Settings Google hacker Managed IT Services Sales iOS Robot Business Technology Government Files Identities Legislation Spam Spyware Mobile Device Apple IT budget Hosted Solutions Internet exploMicrosoft Blockchain Entertainment Budget Congratulations Battery Microsoft Analysis Passwords Printers Project Management Compliance Dark Web Unified Communications Company Culture Email Travel Data Hacking Commerce Phone System Books Upgrades Wireless Proactive IT Computer Fan Sync Software as a Service Business Continuity Microsoft Excel Cortana Router Search Training Upgrade Gmail Techology Streaming Media Television Managed Service Cache Virtual Assistant Health Content intranet Relocation Proactive PowerPoint Chromecast Video Games Business Intelligence Internet Electronic Medical Records Update Credit Cards Gifts Employer Employee Relationship Mobility Workers Smart Technology HIPAA Device Security Windows 10 Touchscreen Cloud Cast Touchpad Application Malware Employer-Employee Relationship Hosted Solution Facebook HaaS Saving Money Education Google Assistant Wireless Charging Virtualization The Internet of Things Virtual Reality Gadgets End of Support Wireless Technology Artificial Intelligence Office Tips Transportation Data Theft User Error Data Privacy Colocation Two Factor Authentication Recovery Ransomware Disaster Recovery HBO BYOD Conferencing WiFi WPA3 Google Drive Retail Social Engineering Thank You Legal Holiday Workplace Tips Google Docs Cleaning Scalability Computing Infrastructure Word Ciminal Data Storage Humor Emails Content Filter eWaste Management Information Technology Shortcut IT Management Flexibility Specifications Testing Firewall Downtime Tech Support How To Alexa for Business File Sharing Business Efficiency Content Filtering Connectivity Public Computer Hackers File Storage Data Backup Regulation Android Microsoft Word Privacy Smartphones Monitor Evernote Innovation Outlook Charger Office Websites Emergency Productivity FAQ Bluetooth Network Maintenance Troubleshooting Windows 10s Unified Threat Management History Identity Theft Monitors Redundancy Monitoring OneNote Money Business Owner Samsung Rootkit Miscellaneous IT Services Collaboration Users App store Wireless Internet Backup Audit Productivity Computer Accessories NFL Marketing Sports Private Cloud Language VoIP Data Breach Managed IT Services Managing Stress Administration Network Security Internet of Things Data Management IT Support Communication Wi-Fi Hiring/Firing Smart Tech IoT iPhone Black Market Cybersecurity Chrome Meetings Patch Management Storage Augmented Reality Twitter Customer Cloud Computing Managed IT IT Solutions Managed IT Service Consultant Reputation Computer Care Windows Server Apps Worker Telephone Systems Big Data Work/Life Balance Value Mobile Security Professional Services Operating System Personal Information Data Protection Mobile Devices Office 365 Risk Management Chromebook Updates Bring Your Own Device Wasting Money Solid State Drive Remote Computing IT solutions Business Computing Comparison Shadow IT User Tips Browser Fraud Virus Save Money Vulnerability Automobile VPN Quick Tips Instant Messaging Identity Camera SaaS Advertising Lifestyle IT Support Internet Exlporer CrashOverride Devices Public Cloud