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Establishing a startup requires a lot of time and money. If you are planning, or have already, opened the doors to your small business, you’re probably finding yourself working long hours trying to keep your startup running smoothly. It normally takes a few years to fully get into the swing of things, but if you want to make operating your business a little easier, you’re going to need to invest in the right technology.
Previously, many startups needed teams of developers and IT professionals to maintain server rooms for applications and websites to run efficiently. This cost many new businesses a lot of money, and time, they didn’t have. Thankfully, cloud computing has taken over these expensive and demanding tasks so business owners can focus on the bigger picture. If you’re looking into cloud computing services for your startup, here’s where you should begin!
Device as a Service (DaaS)
Device as a Service, also called DaaS, takes over the need to manage all of your company’s devices, such as a desktop or tablet. Instead, with DaaS, startups will have access to cutting-edge software, email, data storage, applications, and online backup. DaaS is able to host the entirety of your company’s desktop computing on a Cloud Service Provider, giving you and your employees more time and freedom to work on important tasks and projects.
DaaS will also save your company time and money by identifying viruses and malfunctions before they can infiltrate into your system and crash your computers. Troubleshooting early will boost productivity and ensure all data is securely stored at all times. Even better, you can choose different DaaS plans based on your startup’s needs.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS, or Platform as a Service, is used mainly for applications due to its scalability, availability, and freedom to customize by the customer. PaaS gives customers a platform to create their own software that is helpful to their business, while not having to worry about maintaining operating systems, software updates, infrastructure, or storage.
PaaS is a beneficial tool for any sized company because it allows developers to work with each other and vendors at the same time. This functionality makes working collaboratively easy and boosts efficiency and time. PaaS is also highly secured and can be used with antivirus software to keep all confidential data and documents safe.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a Service, or SaaS, is the most widely used cloud computing service for small and large businesses alike. SaaS is so popular because of its accessibility and easy-to-use functions. To receive SaaS, the internet is used, and the framework is managed by a third party vendor. With SaaS, there is no need for an IT department because everything, from storage to backup and servers to middleware, is taken care of remotely by your service provider.
Previously, you would have to buy a software that had strict regulations and limited your freedom. Now, large companies such as Microsoft switched their software subscription model to SaaS to reach a larger audience through Office 365. Other top contenders include Google Apps and Dropbox, both widely used cloud service providers that allow you to store documents and data that is accessible over the internet.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
If you’re looking for the most flexible cloud computing service, IaaS, or Infrastructure as a Service, is the way to go. Unlike DaaS, PaaS, and Saas, IaaS gives the client control over the servers, operating systems, network, and storage through a dashboard, while leaving the storage, networking, virtualization, and hard drive components in the hands of the provider.
With complete control over the infrastructure of the service, clients are able to save money by choosing how much infrastructure they actually need instead of committing to a specific hardware or software. If your startup is growing rapidly, cloud computing infrastructure will do you wonders because you’ll be able to scale up and grow your cloud computing services as your business grows.
Every startup has its own needs. Depending on the services you intend to supply, your budget, and how much freedom you want to customize your cloud computing service, there’s an option for you. If you don’t have the budget or skills to operate and manage a cloud computing service, DaaS and SaaS will help your company grow and operate. If you have the right resources and skillset, invest in PaaS or IaaS for more freedom and customizability that works best for your business!