SAAS

Software as a Service

This is about using software hosted and run by a 3rd party rather than running in-house and on your own equipment and infrastructure.

Can be good where:

  • Don’t want capital outlay – pay as you go
  • Easy access from different sites
  • Less in house IT support
  • 3rd party responsible for backups and recovery

Examples of well know SAAS

  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Google Apps
  • Docusign
  • Ransomware (unfortunately!)

Considerations:

  • Data Security
  • Reliability and speed of internet connections
  • Robustness of 3rd party backups and DR plans
  • Lack of control over timing of upgrades
  • Ability to move away