As subscribers to such services as DirectTV or Spotify, one can surely see that subscription-based models are the wave of the future. Today, the subscription economy refers to companies shifting from the traditional pay-per-product model to a subscription business model.
Nowhere does this subscription model make more sense than in the use of technology. The rapid evolution of technology is both a blessing and a curse. Cutting-edge updates provide countless advantages, but software and hardware ownership can leave a business holding obsolete technology that can inhibit growth. These expensive capital purchases may be seen as write-offs, but most can be avoided by replacing traditional ownership with on-demand services.
Unlike traditional acquisition methods, “X as a Service” doesn’t end in ownership. It allows you to use or access the technology while it is useful and provides added flexibility and scalability when you grow, or the organization’s needs change. It allows for greater economics of ownership, the rapid advancement of technology, and insuring essential-use-technology
IaaS (TaaS), PaaS, and SaaS are all deployed by third parties that manage and maintain technologies to various degrees, so you don’t have to, giving you more freedom to focus on other tasks.
Let’s look at demystifying three of the best options – IaaS (also known as TaaS), PaaS, and SaaS – by comparing their differences and benefits.
IaaS (or TaaS)
Infrastructure as a Service (Sometimes called TaaS or “technology as a service”) provides on-demand access to cloud-hosted physical and virtual machines and storage and backend infrastructure for administering applications and workloads in the cloud. It is typically a pay-as-you-go model that often includes storage, networking, and virtualization.
The difference is that the service provider purchases the hardware, hosts, manages, and maintains it and computing resources in its operations or data centers. This model is ideal for companies interested in scaling up or down their technology as their needs change while avoiding the up-front expense and overhead.
NCS has a unique approach to this model and has deployed, along with key partners, a large portfolio of solutions around our core offering: Security, structured cabling, audio-visual solutions, wireless networks, cloud storage, and virtualization.
Like transitional IaaS models, hardware, setup, installation, maintenance, and support are included in one monthly subscription payment.
Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) may provide the same infrastructure as an IaaS provider (servers, hardware, and more), but the customer retains complete control over application features, developing, running, and managing applications within their organization. For example, a company developing a software program would need complete control over the code, features, server configuration, and the development environment while not hosting the infrastructure.
PaaS companies provide cloud components to certain software, accessible through an internet connection and software interface while being used mainly for applications. PaaS delivers a framework developers can build upon and use to create customized applications. Examples of this include middleware, database management or analytics.
The service provider or host maintains all servers, storage, and networking while the developers manage the applications.
Most individuals are familiar with a Software-as-a-service (SaaS) model through their daily activities via platforms like Dropbox, Google Apps or Zoom.
SaaS users access the platform via the internet to deliver applications, which are maintained by a third-party vendor, for its users. Most SaaS applications run directly within a web browser, which removes the need for software downloads or installations on the client side.
The immense variety of these cloud applications makes SaaS the largest cloud computing service available today.
Due to its web delivery model, SaaS eliminates the need to have IT staff download and install applications on each computer. With SaaS, vendors handle all technical issues, such as data, middleware, servers, and storage, resulting in streamlined maintenance and support for the business.
Selecting an option that works for your business
SaaS, Paas, IaaS are not mutually exclusive. In fact, most companies use more than one model, and numerous larger organizations use all three, many times in combination with traditional IT.
Selecting an option is typically about control. The more control you need over your infrastructure, the more you look to a specific type of service. IaaS offers the most control and is often the most complex, mainly used by IT administrators. Due to the platform hosting capabilities, PaaS is the model of choice for software developers. The SaaS model is ideally suited for end users.
Why Choose NCS For Your TaaS Needs?
As an expert in the field, NCS has proven experience in providing customers with various solutions, including IaaS/TaaS services, hardware, and any related assistance that you may need. For a monthly payment, you can expect capital-saving consultations, custom solutions, expert installation, and flexible contracts that come with our Solution Replacement Guarantee. In other words, you can upgrade to more suitable technology any time you wish. We also offer great support and maintenance, which include NCS’s 5-year parts and labor guarantee. How much do we contribute towards your insurance deductible in case of damages? Up to $5,000!
What sets NCS services apart from our competitors is that we specialize in all areas of TaaS. Besides being a one-stop solution for all your needs, here are more reasons why businesses regularly choose NCS.
- As a full-service Communication Infrastructure Provider, NCS can design, install and maintain structured cabling systems and related equipment.
- Custom AV systems and services.
- Up-to-date security solutions.
- Cutting-edge PoE lighting technology.
- Installation and support of WiFi and other internet technologies.
- Expert Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) assessments, installations, and maintenance.
Contact Us Today To Learn More About TaaS
As more businesses collaborate online and technologies continue to merge, choosing the right cloud delivery model for your business is important. But whichever one you pick, one cannot deny that IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services offer valuable flexibility and options that traditional on-premise hosting cannot provide. Interested in discovering exciting TaaS opportunities for your company? Feel free to contact us to learn more about TaaS for your business!