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SaaS (Software as Service)

Software as a service is a delivery model where software is licensed based on a subscription that is hosted. All you need is a web browser, just point and go. SaaS provides every resource you need to run the application. With an SaaS environment it can be as easy creating an account, trial, or limited version of an application.

E.g. Office 365, Google Docs, and Constant Contacts.

Why does SaaS matter in a small business?

By now most users have been exposed to the cloud. SaaS represents most of it. The interface to which you access the vendor product via the web is SaaS. Applications that are designed to run from the web browser. Vendors can eliminate downloads and installations. Of course your browser and hardware would have to meet a certain criteria. To be honest if your computer can surf the web you can access an SaaS. In fact most people do not realize they’re using SaaS. Below we have an example of SaaS, Office 365.

Most small businesses have a limited IT budget. With a limited budget small companies have the option so use an SaaS product such as Office 365. You simply access the entire infrastructure through your browser. Microsoft hosts every aspect of the application (servers, virtual machines, network equipment, etc.) By using an SaaS platform such as Office 365 you no longer have to worry about hardware failures, hiring full-time IT personnel, natural disasters, and strict compliance standards.

Below you will find a service chart. This chart provides a general service overview of On-Premise, IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.

Service Chart Complete

Information Technology Glossary

3G/4G/5GHardware RedundancyPersonal Cloud
Agile DevelopmentHybrid CloudPrivate Cloud
Big DataIaaSPublic Cloud
BYODInternet of Things (IoT)Redundancy
Cloud StorageISP RedundancySaaS
CybersecurityMobile AppsVirtualization
Geographic RedundancyPaaSWeb Apps

Office 365 Advisors Glossary

Below here we have an additional glossary from our partner site Office 365 Advisors.

BlacklistsFederationOffice Pro Plus
Cloud ComputingForefrontSaaS
Dial-In ConferencingIntranetService Health
DNSLync OnlineSharePoint Online
Exchange OnlineMigrationSLA
ExtranetOffice 365 PortalWhitelists