Types of cloud computing
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Types of cloud computing

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Although the cloud market is now mature, many organizations are unfamiliar with the available cloud computing services and deployment models are still unfamiliar. Technology leaders such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are launching new Cloud-products and services to the market.

To help you understand the complexities of cloud computing, we'd like to share with you the types of cloud available Computing and also our Collaboration with Microsoft Cloud Services mention.


What types of Cloud computing are there?

Cloud computing encompasses various service and deployment models. Within these models, there are three types of cloud Computing services, which in our view form the basis for making your company fit for the future.

Models for cloud computing services

There are three main models for cloud computing services:

  1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS) 
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS)

Each service model represents a different part of the cloud computing stack and includes its own unique breakdown of the Responsibilities between you, the cloud service provider, and us.

Any 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 forms the

foundation for the use of cloud technology. Through an IaaS provider like Microsoft, you have. anytime access via the Internet to key IT resources such as computers (virtual or dedicated hardware), networks, and Storage.

With IaaS, you can access a flexible, state-of-the-art hardware resource that can be scaled as needed to meet the processing and storage needs of your business. You can use this infrastructure to run the applications, software and platforms of your company without having to worry about their management and maintenance.

A typical example of an IaaS deployment is a combination of virtual machines and storage disks that are individually tailored to the requirements of your business. This can 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 complexity of the Management. This allows you to focus on the development, operation and management of Smartstore Commerce, instead of wasting time on installing and configuring the infrastructure.

Advantages of PaaS

  • Reduces capital expenditures and optimizes costs
  • Increases scaling and performance of IT workloads
  • Increases stability, reliability and supportability
  • Improves business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Enhances 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 application is delivered over the Internet and is managed by a vendor such as Microsoft. A typical example for SaaS is our jointly with Microsoft developed Solution Smartstore Commerce, which runs in the Microsoft Cloud and is ready to use out of the box without you having to install the software on the latest version or having to maintain the server and operating system on which the software runs.

By accessing the software application through the SaaS model, you can fully focus on using the software and do not have to worry about the infrastructure, maintenance or updating of the software. The provider is responsible for all these aspects responsible.

Advantages of SaaS

  • Reduced capital expenditures 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 offer-Service-model - IaaS, PaaS, SaaS - as well as the many additional offerings in the era of "Everything as a Service," a wide range of cloud solutions that can help businesses manage their IT workloads to optimize and improve.


Thanks to the continuous development of Smartstore Commerce in the cloud and our deep understanding of the system we are able to provide you with a extremely comfortable situation. Whether you choose IaaS, PaaS or SaaS, we at Smartstore are available around the clock there for you.

Since every business is unique, it is 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 support you with this important decision and help you find the right solution or technology to take your business to the next level take. In addition, we would like to point out that our Smartstore commerce solutions are not only based on the Microsoft Cloud but also on Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud.

You can start with a free trial of our application or database hosting and learn about our packages or contact our sales representatives to find the right solution for you.

Comments (1)

Guest | one month ago

It is amazing that you have written down all the models and give the detail explanation of it thank you so much for the blog !