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Although the cloud market is now mature, many organizations are still unaware of the cloud computing services and delivery models available. Technology leaders such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft are launching new cloud products and services almost daily.
To help you understand the complexities of cloud computing, we would like to introduce you to the types of cloud computing available and also mention our collaboration with Microsoft Cloud Services.
What are the types of cloud computing?
Cloud computing encompasses various service and delivery models. Within these models, there are three types of cloud computing services that we believe form the basis for making your business fit for the future.
Models for cloud computing services
There are three main models for cloud computing services:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
Each service model represents a different part of the cloud computing stack and involves its own unique division of responsibilities between you, the cloud service provider, and us.
Each cloud service model offers hundreds of different cloud service options. Let's now take a closer look at the three main service models that can help you integrate your Smartstore Commerce instance with the Microsoft Cloud and reap the benefits.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
The IaaS model is the foundation for leveraging cloud technology. Through an IaaS provider like Microsoft, you can access key IT resources such as computers (virtual or dedicated hardware), networks and storage over the Internet at any time.
With IaaS, you can access a flexible, state-of-the-art hardware resource that can scale as needed to meet the processing and storage needs of your business. You can use this infrastructure to deploy your company's applications, software and platforms without having to worry about managing and maintaining them.
A typical example of an IaaS deployment is a combination of virtual machines and storage disks customized to your company's needs. This could be, for example, the operating system of the server or the size of the storage capacity.
Advantages of IaaS
- Reduction of capital expenditures and optimization of costs
- Increase scalability and performance of IT workloads
- Increase stability, reliability and supportability
- Improve business continuity and disaster recovery
- Increase security
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud service model that provides access to a combination of hardware and software tools over the Internet. PaaS is most commonly used for application development.
With a PaaS provider like Microsoft, you get access to the cloud infrastructure you need to develop your applications - including databases, middleware, operating systems and servers - without the underlying management complexity. As a result, you can focus on developing, operating and managing Smartstore Commerce instead of wasting time installing and configuring infrastructure.
Advantages of PaaS
- Reduces capital expenditures and optimizes costs
- Increases the scale and performance of IT workloads
- Increases stability, reliability and supportability
- Improves business continuity and disaster recovery
- Increases security
- Enables application development, testing, deployment, management and upgrades
- Supports middleware and container orchestration
- Manages servers and storage
- Provides geographically distributed support
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a cloud service model in which a software applicationis delivered over the Internet and managed by a vendor such as Microsoft. A typical example of SaaS is our Smartstore Commerce solution, developed in partnership with Microsoft, which runs in the Microsoft Cloud and is ready to use out of the box without the need to update the software to the latest version or maintain the server and operating system on which the software runs.
By accessing the software application through the SaaS model, you can focus entirely on using the software and not have to worry about infrastructure, maintenance or updating the software. The provider is responsible for all these aspects.
Advantages of SaaS
- Reduced capital expenditure and optimized costs
- Ready to use without installation or configuration
- Automatic updates and maintenance
- Easy access to the software application from anywhere
- No need for local hardware or infrastructure
Overall, the three classic pillars of the cloud service model - IaaS, PaaS, SaaS - plus the many additional offerings in the era of "Everything as a Service" provide a wide range of cloud solutions that can help organizations optimize and improve their IT workloads.
Since every business is unique, it's important that you take the time to understand each of the available solutions and figure out which configuration is best for your business. We are happy to assist you with this important decision and help you find the right solution or technology to take your business to the next level. In addition, we would like to point out that our Smartstore commerce solutions are not only hosted on Microsoft Cloud, but also on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud.