Cloud computing, from its creation until now, has always been an amazing way for data storage. It facilitates access to IT infrastructure, hardware and software resources. The article will explain the benefits offered by different types of cloud.

Cloud computing is the service that helps us to store, access information, data and other programs over the internet instead of using our computer’s hard drive. When it comes to cloud computing types, we always mention Gmail, DropBox, Google Drive,…Actually, there are three major types of cloud, including Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Platform as a Service (PaaS)


PaaS helps businesses to reduce their spending on hardware and software. Source: Wahyu Pujiono

PaaS means that the cloud providers will offer everything for users, including runtime, servers, virtualization, storage, networking. It helps to sustain the infrastructure associated with app development and launch. Deployment simplification is another benefit of PaaS which must be mentioned. The development teams now can focus only on their work of developing cloud computing application instead of testing and deployment infrastructure.

Using this platform, we can make huge savings on hardware and software investments. There is no need to concern the upgrade costs as the PaaS providers are the ones who are responsible for handling all necessary upgrades. In addition, PaaS can facilitate the community between development teams working on the same project.

Infrastructure as service (IaaS)

Platform as a service can be understood that we spend money to hire cloud infrastructure from a third party. Then, the users will decide on what they do with the cloud computing services.


IaaS provides access to necessary web infrastructure. Source: None Cloud

IaaS, with its power to scale up and down to best suit particular requirements, leads to the flexibility to respond to different demands. Moreover, IaaS provides a disaster recovery service. This means that if anything bad happens, for example, fire, and all the physical technology is destroyed, we can still get access to our infrastructure as we always do.

Simply, our web hosting company is an IaaS provider. So you are using cloud computing service from whom? Google, Verizon, Amazon EC2 or IBM?  Using IaaS helps businesses to lower their total costs of ownership and capital expenditures. The service gives companies access to needed web infrastructure, including servers, connections and storage space without infrastructure investment and management.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS is what we all think when it comes to cloud computing. This service offers practical web-based applications to users. Besides offering individual consumer services, such as DropBox, Google apps, the application focuses mainly on business users. It concludes email, time management, project tracking, web conference, CRM, ERP,…

With the SaaS, we use applications from cloud providers and they offer everything needed, even including data and applications. There is no need to wait for our software to be installed, we are able to access any software, simply with internet access. It also requires zero-infrastructure budget as the cloud providers would do it for us.

All these three types of cloud computing offer many benefits, not only for individuals but also for organizations. If we can take the full advantages of these benefits, we can enjoy the best data experience.