Technology keeps moving along, and what used to be programs that came on discs now are apps that can be downloaded through the Internet. While it might be hard to keep up with the latest technology and what that means for you and your business in Abington, Cheltenham, Hamilton, King of Prussia, Levittown, Trenton, or the surrounding areas, the team at Alpha IT Solutions is ready to help you. Many businesses think that they need to have a bunch of computers and servers, but that isn’t the case any longer. Cloud services are changing the game, and keeping up with things is where having cloud IT services from Alpha IT Solutions makes your life easier.
Types of Cloud Services
Presently, there are four different kinds of cloud services that cover the vast majority of a business’s needs. The first of these is what many people have been hearing about for several years: Software-as-a-service (SaaS). You may even be using this service and not realizing it. For example, Google has a suite of office software that rivals Microsoft’s suite, but you don’t need any software installed on your computer to use it. Essentially, you are accessing Google’s cloud computers and running the software there, but you see what you are doing on your own screen where ever you are. They provide the application, the platform on which it runs, as well as the platform’s underlying infrastructure.
Another offering is Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). If we go back to the Google docs example above, they are providing a number of services. When you strip away the software and the platform, you are left with IaaS, which is the computing, networking, and storage infrastructure that allows the platform and software to operate. Many businesses choose the IaaS model because they don’t want to deal with the infrastructure component, but the other layers they can easily do themselves.
The next offering is Platforms-as-a-service (PaaS). This is the next step up from Infrastructure-as-a-service, as not only will the cloud provider handle the basic infrastructure but will also provide you with the platform upon which you can build and run apps. Many businesses like this approach because they can design custom apps for their business without needing to have all of the extra expense and headache of the infrastructure and platform.
Finally, the last offering is the Function-as-a-service (Faas). This is a bit more difficult to understand, as it is most often utilized by developers. FaaS is an event-driven execution model that only runs when a particular event happens. In this way, the infrastructure that is needed isn’t always running, conserving that and redistributing it to other needs. This also allows for on-demand scaling when the events that trigger things get hit many times in a short period of time. As the demand decreases, the FaaS will reduce the computational needs until such time as demand increases again. This dynamic scaling is a huge benefit as you are only taking up the resources needed when they are needed, rather than having a huge set of resources waiting for peak loads.
To learn more about how Alpha IT Solutions can provide cloud IT services for your business in Abington, Cheltenham, Hamilton, King of Prussia, Levittown, Trenton, or the surrounding areas, call them today to speak with their knowledgeable team.