CEO Patrick Kerpan featured in “IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Enterprises Operate Within Their Limits

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Contributed by Patrick Kerpan, Co-Founder and CEO, Cohesive Networks
Before the cloud, every huge enterprise had a data center with walls, guards, fences, and locks to secure critical data. Now, organizations of any size can take advantage of word-class data centers run by Amazon AWS or Google GCE. As more enterprises use cloud to grow their businesses, enterprises are able to offload some aspects of their IT management responsibilities to vendors. How much the enterprise wants to rely on others depends on how much they choose to either streamline or control.
With SaaS, enterprises do not have to worry about infrastructure all the way up to the actual code. SaaS is easy, accessible, and speeds time to market. SaaS is ideal for internal business functions like CRM and accounting, and is one of the leading areas of cloud computing.
But SaaS does limit what enterprises can do with their data. A SaaS provider can limit users into a system with regards to how they view and interact with their own information. For example, a web-only CRM system might not allow for bulk editing as an IaaS-hosted database would. SaaS providers can also change unexpectedly – any website change or policy update gets pushed to users without an enterprise’s ability to change it.
PaaS is at a very exciting place right now. Users are opting to go all-in on provider-controlled PaaS like Serverless and AWS Lambda, or want to totally customize PaaS features using containers like Docker. With serverless options, users can trade in infrastructure insights for lightning-fast deployment and automation. On the other hand, Docker and container users can bolt on any features they want with modular features.
In IaaS, enterprises have to manage more complex systems and are responsible for the security of things like end-to-end encryption, user access controls, and enforcing policy-based security standards. But such a level of control gives enterprises insight into the operation of all their business processes, without any surprises from vendors.

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