Types Of Cloud Services & Software-As-A-Service


Cloud services are everywhere, and they’re often misunderstood. People often think of cloud services as a single thing, when there are actually different types of cloud services out there. In this article, we’ll explain what those different types of cloud services are and how they differ from one another.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a software application that is hosted by a third party and accessed over the Internet. SaaS is a subscription service, so you pay monthly or annually. It’s often used for business applications like email, accounting and HR.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a cloud computing model in which the cloud provider makes available a development environment, typically including operating system, programming language, database, and web server. The user pays only for resources used and can run applications completely in the cloud or on premises with no involvement from an IT department.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a type of cloud service where you can rent virtual servers, storage and other IT infrastructure components. This type of service is often referred to as “serverless.” You don’t need to worry about setting up and maintaining the servers or any other equipment–the provider takes care of all that for you. IaaS can be thought of as renting an apartment: you don’t need to own a house yourself if you live in one that someone else owns and maintains; similarly, with IaaS your company rents out space on someone else’s server when they have excess capacity available in their data centers (or “cloud”).

Business/Analytics Software As A Service (BaaS)

Business/Analytics Software As A Service (BaaS) is a cloud-based platform that provides readymade business intelligence and analytics applications. It’s similar to SaaS but differs in that it gives you the ability to customize the software according to your needs, rather than using pre-built templates.

The advantages of this type of service include increased productivity, reduced costs, and faster time-to-market for new products or services. The disadvantages are that it may be more difficult for less technical users to use these custom tools as they don’t have as much support from developers like they would with other types of software offerings available on the market today such as CRM systems or ERP suites

There are many types of cloud services and software out there, but most people just talk about SaaS.

There are many types of cloud services and software out there, but most people just talk about SaaS. Other types include PaaS (Platform as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and BaaS (Backend as a Service).

SaaS is the most common type of cloud service because it provides complete solutions that are delivered over the internet. These solutions include everything from CRM tools to ERP systems to accounting software packages like QuickBooks Online or Xero.

PaaS is another popular option for companies who want to develop or deploy applications without having to worry about setting up servers or maintaining infrastructure themselves; instead they use platforms provided by third parties such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS).


We hope you have a better understanding of the different types of cloud services and software-as-a-service. As we mentioned earlier, it can be confusing when people use these terms interchangeably or incorrectly. If you’re interested in learning more about how your business can take advantage of the cloud or other technology solutions like artificial intelligence (AI), contact us today! We would love to help you explore all options available for your company’s IT needs.”