IaaS vs. PaaS—What is the Difference
It’s undeniable that cloud computing has changed the way that businesses go to market. With the cloud, organizations are now able to gain new efficiencies, quickly deploy IT services, and transform their operations. Everything from human resources, financial reporting, supply chains, to simple mobile applications have benefited from cloud deployments.
Along with considerations on the proper deployment model like public, hybrid, or private, organizations also face a decision around service models. The three common cloud computing models each have unique features and help solve specific business needs in particular ways. Organizations, including those in the public sector, are commonly deploying numerous clouds and using various service models.
It’s critical to note that no matter which service model you deploy, it is likely you will also want to leverage both public cloud and hybrid clouds for your cloud computing architecture. Having a provider like Oracle, that supports public, private, or hybrid cloud options, providing the same tools and technology across all cloud offerings, is critical. With the cloud, you can deliver access to applications anywhere, anytime, across any device, helping deliver new efficiency and productivity benefits at your organization. When thinking about the right service model agencies should start by asking the question: Where do I get the best return overall for my business?
The lines have blurred between IaaS and PaaS, as the major cloud providers offer both from the same environment. IaaS can help organizations find efficiencies with hardware and facilities costs, but PaaS can further reduce administrative overhead and expand usage to less technical customers. Once a problem is defined that an organization can address with a cloud computing solution, businesses can move towards crafting the right kind of cloud offering, requiring an understanding of Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, which we explore in this report.