The Journey Explained Cloud SaaS – Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet. Software as a Service (SaaS) allows organisations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee. Also, because the software is hosted remotely, users don't need to invest in additional hardware. Software as a Service removes the need for organisations to handle the installation, set- up and often daily upkeep and maintenance. Examples of this infrastructure would be Google Mail & Google Docs.
A study of 400 major organisations, performed by ZDNET, confirmed that: The cloud is mature -- for some. Half of all respondents said they were confident that cloud solutions are viable for mission critical business applications. Scalability is driving adoption. Fifty-seven percent of companies said it was the top reason that they switched to the cloud. (Business agility was a close second.) Security remains the main hurdle. The cloud may be maturing, but security anxiety is the top reason companies don't make the switch -- 55 percent of respondents expressed concern about it. (Rounding out the top three: regulatory compliance and vendor lock-in.)
A study of 400 major organisations, performed by ZDNET, confirmed that: SaaS leads in dollars spent. A whopping 82 percent of respondents said they use software-as-a-service offerings today. An additional six percent said they'd use it within five years. But PaaS and IaaS aren't far behind. There's a lot of interest in platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings. Forty percent of respondents use PaaS today but 72 percent said they'd adopt it in the next five years; IaaS, 51 percent to 66 percent. Efficiency is the name of the game. At 43 percent, backup and archiving was the number one use case, followed by business continuity (25 percent), collaboration tools (22 percent) and big data processing (19 percent).