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Managed Service Providers Move Toward XaaS — Everything as a Service

5 Oct 2016 by Howard M Cohen

The original definition of cloud computing document from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) lists three cloud service models:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) — Enables consumers to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) — Deploys consumer-created or acquired applications onto the cloud infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) — Provisions processing, storage and other fundamental computing resources to deploy and run operating systems and applications.

In 2016, the cloud computing as a service market is predicted to reach 12 billion U.S. dollars worldwide. Long term, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS will continue to grow, each doubling by 2020.

Statista: Forecast of cloud computing as a service market revenue worldwide from 2014 to 2020, by type (in billion U.S. dollars)

Cloud computing as a service acronyms you need to know

The IT industry proves that anything worth doing is worth overdoing — cloud service models are no exception. Since the publication of the NIST document, we’ve seen more “as a service” acronyms than ever before.

Any of these subsets of cloud computing may easily become your next line of business. Here’s a partial list of 18 cloud service models you may wish to consider:

Backend as a Service (BaaS) — An approach that provides web and mobile app developers a way to connect applications to backend cloud storage and processing for common features such as user management, push notification and social networking integration.

Communications or Unified Communications as a Service (CaaS or UCaaS) — The service provider operates a unified communications service on behalf of the client. This removes the complexity of management from the customer.

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) — Managed service providers run a Virtual Desktop Integration (VDI) system that customers’ users log into. This removes the expense and complexity of VDI from the customer.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) — Managed service providers hold a duplication of customer servers and storage in their own data center. This allows constant backup of customer applications and data for rapid restoration in the aftermath of a disaster.

Email as a Service (EaaS) — Managed service providers handle customer email services.

Framework as a Service (FaaS) — This is an offering that falls somewhere between Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). It’s a software framework offered by managed service providers that can be readily customized to meet business needs by providing a foundation to rapidly develop an application or system.

Hardware as a Service (HaaS) — Managed service providers offer equipment leasing.

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) — Online toolset designed to integrate data between applications.

Information Technology as a Service (ITaaS) — Managed service providers encompass all of the technologies for creating, storing, exchanging and using business data.

Location (or Library) as a Service (LaaS) — A location data delivery model where privacy-protected, physical data acquired through carriers, Wi-Fi, IP addresses and landlines is available to enterprise customers through a simple API.

Monitoring as a Service (MaaS) — Helps service providers connect to customer networks to monitor performances, provide alerts and issue report as required.

Metal as a Service (MaaS 2) — Facilitates and automates the deployment and dynamic provisioning of hyperscale computing environments like big data workloads and cloud services.

Network as a Service (NaaS) — Manages all infrastructure required to provide data transport for customer.

(QaaS) — Quality as a Service.

Storage as a Service (STaaS) — Provides infinitely scalable, dynamically allocated storage on demand.

(TaaS) — Testing as a Service or Technology as a Service.

Understanding as a Service (UaaS) — Entry from the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence department.

(XaaS) — Everything as a Service.

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