The cloud and cloud computing can seem like nebulous concepts to grasp. Add in the complexity of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vs. Software as a Service (SaaS) and it can be daunting for the average technology user to understand the best option for deploying their ERP, CRM or other business solutions.
However, understanding you cloud options is as simple as having pizza for dinner. When you decide you want pizza for dinner, you have a few options:
- Make it and eat at home
- Buy a “take-and-bake” pizza to bake and eat at home
- Dine-in at a restaurant
In this quick video, we’ll explain how deploying your systems on-premise is like making your own pizza at home, using a hosting provider for an IaaS system is like getting a take-and-bake pizza, and using a SaaS/cloud solution is like eating your pizza at a restaurant.
As you just saw, if you choose an on-premise solution, you’ll be responsible for not only purchasing the software at the outset, but also purchasing and maintaining the hardware necessary to successfully run it.
If you choose to have your software hosted in an IaaS environment, you will only need to purchase the software licenses – your hosting partner will take care of the hardware and maintenance on the back-end.
If you select a SaaS or cloud solution, you pay as you go for software licenses and maintenance services.
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