A is for Ant, SaaS is for Software as a Service
85 billion dollars. That’s how much revenue SaaS products provided to the biggest enterprises like Salesforce, Microsoft and others in 2019. By 2021 the predictions are that this number will rise almost twice. There is a great chance you’ll hear children asking in the near future “Uncle Jack, can you help me create a SaaS project for my home assignment?” because it will be everywhere (yes, we await the generation alpha to be very technologically literate).
Users love SaaS because it is available on every platform: smartphone, notebook, notepads. To start using the product you don’t have to give away a big initial sum, just pay every month. Stop paying – stop using the app. Also, it allows integration with popular packages and apps. Companies love SaaS because it is relatively cheap to launch such a project. Also, it’s flexible, because most of the responsibility goes to third parties. So if you are not aware of how IT goes on, it doesn’t mean that you can forget about SaaS startups. However, the great popularity among users and companies increases the popularity of SaaS among hackers. They see the abundance of fish in the sea and prepare good bait. To fight this battle, prepare security considerations.
Cloud-Based Services: IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
These are the three main cloud-computing service models. With them, you can deliver the servers, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence by the Internet. It gives you and your users the advantage in time. If you have wifi – you can get the apps, which is contrary to the on-premise model. Here you will need to install the app on your computer and they will work without the Internet connection. What makes them vulnerable is hardware issues.
What’s better? Well, it’s a question of tastes. Some users think: “I by no means am ready to expose my data to the Internet! What if someone has access to it? What if someone shares it with third parties?”. Others develop the idea that: “It is better to store everything on the cloud because I can lose my information if my laptop breaks down or someone steals it. Also, there is a restriction in memory”. Can we say that cloud services are less safe than on-premise? We could 10 years ago. Today, there are so many security solutions that it’s a no brainer anymore. SaaS is convenient because you can access it anywhere and the data won’t disappear just as the cloud won’t. So, let’s get back to IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.
- IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service
- PaaS – Platform as a Service
- SaaS – Software as a Structure