The quick guide to ‘as-a-service’ definitions

29 March 2017

2 min read

Daas, PaaS, IaaS, there are more acronyms being added to the roster of services every year, so we’ve put together a quick reference guide to ‘as-a-service’ solutions.

The quick guide to ‘as-a-service’ definitions (Desktop)

‘As-a-service’ or aaS is the acronym everyone is talking about. But if you need to know your PaaS from your DaaS then we can help with this quick reference guide. Before long you’ll know exactly what services to ask for to feel the money-saving and productivity boosting effects of this new way of acquiring software and devices.

DaaS - Device as a Service

This offering from HP provides an a la carte approach on a per-seat, per-month basis, to picking hardware and services. Build your own bespoke package of the latest devices, the most up to date software and a regular maintenance and support service.

It’s a new model for acquiring the latest technology, which improves cash flow and helps you achieve predictable ownership costs. By being able to monitor your devices with proactive analytics, you’re able to anticipate problems and optimise the performance of your fleet and your IT team.

Not only that, this type of lifecycle services cover everything from configuration to refresh at the end, thereby improving end-user support.

IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service provides virtualised hardware, which is scalable with your growing business. It takes the complexity out of managing server space, bandwidth, load balancing and network connections. Not to mention, all of this hardware is hosted externally, meaning SMBs with small premises and limited support don’t have to worry about hosting in-house.

PaaS - Platform as a Service

Platform as a Service creates a space in which developers can create applications. By creating these within a virtualised environment, the tools and infrastructure that supports the whole process are externally managed. It sets developers and support teams free from needing to think about upgrading technical features, updating services and handling the servers. Since you don’t own anything outright, you only pay for what you use, making it achievable for SMBs to get access to high-level computing power.

SaaS - Software as a Service

Software as a Service is one of the most popular aaS models. Buying access to software and using it from the cloud takes away the strain of buying it outright, as well as taking away the strain of installing it on multiple machines, managing updates and ensuring you have the computing power capable of running it. 

XaaS - Anything as a Service

Everything as a Service provides anything and everything that a business might want or need. It’s the combination of fully customisable computing environments that create specific experiences to demand. Reliable internet connectivity and a resilient cloud platform are all that are needed to make it work.

DRaaS – Disaster Recovery as Service

Something that’s becoming more popular due to an ongoing cyber war with hackers, Disaster Recovery as a Service helps businesses to maintain continuity and bounce back from downtime in the event of data leaks, infections or server failure. They should be able to replicate infrastructure, applications and data.

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