Before cloud computing was introduced to the market, companies would purchase their own servers, software and hardware that was then installed at their premises. This traditional method has become an expensive solution and expensive in building and running business applications. Once cloud computing was introduced to the market, companies were able to adapt to it quickly as it provides more scalability.
Software as a Service (Saas) is a software or application that is based on cloud computing and is accessible to any internet user. This cloud computing service is similar to others, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which provide infrastructure over the cloud, such as storage. Traditionally, users have to purchase physical infrastructure, software and platforms that cost a considerable amount of money and are hard to maintain in the long run. Physical infrastructures are hard to maintain as they tend to be obsolete. At the same time, software and platforms must be updated consistently. These problems can easily be solved when a company or a user switches to a cloud computing service. Cloud services guarantee that all their cloud services are updated, secured and available without any possible downtime.
Any user can subscribe to a SaaS system and acquire access to any cloud-based software without purchasing the actual software and manually installing it on their infrastructure. This software is installed on the cloud providers, such as the popular Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. Any user that's subscribed to this SaaS can easily log in to their account and use the software using any compatible internet device.
SaaS systems can be accessed through a browser or an application on the device. Users have to be connected to the internet to access the service. The most commonly used SaaS systems are Google Gmail, Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365 and Slack, amongst others. SaaS and non-SaaS can be compared to streaming a movie series online versus purchasing a DVD from a brick and mortar. Users do not need to buy the actual software; they only need to subscribe to a service and run it directly on any compatible device.
Cloud computing refers to the web servers that are hosted over the internet. These servers are stored in various data center locations across the world. For example, Microsoft Azure has multiple data centers worldwide, making the services available without any downtime. These servers are redundant, meaning all their servers are duplicated or even tripled. When an event of server failure occurs, cloud computing services are not impacted. Users can be sure that the services they are subscribed to are 100% up and running 365 days a year.
Availability and Accessibility - SaaS is available anytime and anywhere globally; however, the availability of the service depends on the availability of the internet.
No Installation or Updates Needed - SaaS is up-to-date and does not require a physical installation on the infrastructure; the software is automatically updated to its latest version.
Cost Savings - SaaS cuts down IT's cost as SaaS providers maintain and update the software without additional cost.
More Secure - Software is securely installed on the service provider's premises with high security
Scalability - SaaS providers handle all the work of scaling up the application, such as adding more power or database when the usage increases.
The software industry is adapting to the SaaS model as it offers a lot of advantages over non-SaaS. One of the problems most companies endure is scaling up their resources, including the software they use. One of the SaaS advantages is the scalability option. It provides more scalability for companies of all sizes. SaaS can quickly scale up with zero downtime. Startup companies can easily upgrade their setup as their company grows. SaaS also offers a cheaper solution as it eliminates the upfront expenses of purchasing software and removes maintenance costs.
Frogplum Solutions Inc. is a SaaS provider that develops software solutions. One of them is the Storelink application, based in the GCC region. This software provides entrepreneurs with a shop or a restaurant and enables them to create an eCommerce shop. Frogplum enables all businesses to achieve their goals by providing a perfect SaaS that suits them well.