In our blog section, we have already talked quite a bit about managed cloud-based services such as DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) and its uses and benefits for companies that are looking to utilize the IT solution. There are in fact more than just one or two cloud-hosted services, which are offered to customers on a subscription-based model. In order to familiarize you with what’s been trendy in the marketplace of managed IT services, we will need to give you some broad definitions of the following terms: DaaS, SaaS, PaaS & IaaS.

As you may know already, cloud hosting is making it possible for different applications to be accessible by means of cloud resources. To narrow this down even further, cloud resources are basically the network of many interconnected servers which work together to deliver these applications as an outsourced solution to businesses, looking for greater IT flexibility and overall efficiency.

DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service)

We have already talked extensively on the topic of DaaS and the many advantages of using a cloud desktop solution for deploying your desktop environment. If we wanted to give you another short overview of DaaS, we must say that this is primarily the desktop service which fits into the requirements of your physical devices such as PCs, tablets and laptops.

Special features:

  •         Easy migration of your data to the cloud
  •         Straightforward to use by employees
  •         You get free upgrades and patches of your software applications

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)

Just like DaaS, SaaS is a service which you can use on a subscription basis from a third party cloud vendor, provided that you have a stable internet connection. The main difference between the two managed services is that SaaS gives you access to a single cloud-hosted application, rather than an entire desktop environment with a whole software suite. Since it is a managed cloud solution, you get all the updates and the application patches within the price of your subscription.

Special features

PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service)

This outsourced IT solution is quite different from the other examples in a way that clients get the environment from a cloud vendor for a specific purpose. Platform-as-a-Service is usually purchased on a subscription basis so that mobile apps or websites can be developed without having to commit to expensive infrastructure investments. The cost for these can typically include the price for servers, big databases and the network required for the full application development.

Special features

  • The service includes the price for the whole on-demand environment needed to develop, test and maintain your applications.
  • You are provided with one account that many users can have access to
  • It is suitable for the development of mobile applications

IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service is the most distinguishable managed IT service from all because of its unique purpose. By choosing IaaS, clients decide to outsource their whole cloud infrastructure, rather than a single fraction, designed to serve a specific purpose. This way, end users can hire the servers of cloud providers and use the virtual machines for their own use the way they like.

Special features

  • IaaS offers a vast range of cloud resources which clients can use as a cloud environment
  • It’s a greatly scalable service which can be utilized freely
  • The price one may need to pay for this service varies a lot between providers based on server usage