SaaS vs. The Cloud

Dissecting the differences between cloud-based services and SaaS programs

There’s a common misconception about Software as a Service and cloud computing. When you hear both of these terms, what comes to mind? Many people tie the two together, thinking that they refer to the same thing. That’s where the mistake is made. Neither is an on-premises solution, but that’s where the similarities end.

Here’s the main distinction between the two offerings:

Software as a Service (SaaS)

To put it simply, a SaaS-based application is any software that’s not physically run on your premises. Most SaaS-based products run through a web browser and are hosted in the cloud. It’s not a plugin and doesn’t sit on your devices. With SaaS, an update schedule isn’t necessary. These online programs automatically launch the latest versions of the software immediately following the completion of engineering.

Some of the most popular SaaS programs include Google G Suite, Office 365, Salesforce, Cisco, Webex, and Zendex.

Pros:

  • Scalable solutions
  • Long-term cost savings
  • Mobile and desktop accessibility
  • Disaster recovery support
  • Automatic upgrades

Cons:

  • Lack of security
  • Outages and errors
  • Compliance issues
  • Internet-dependent performance
  • Difficulties integrating
  • Weak data mobility

Cloud-Based Solutions

A cloud-based product or service is anything that runs through a cloud platform. If you require an internet connection to run a service, chances are it’s cloud-based. Among its many forms are SaaS-based applications, Platform as a Service (PaaS) programs, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) programs. Under the cloud, users can share data faster and more effectively. Some cloud-based platforms are powerful enough to host an entire server and network storage.

Popular cloud-based solutions include AWS, GCP, Azure, and Zoho.

Pros:

  • No lengthy installations
  • Faster data synchronization
  • More cost effective than on-premises services
  • Added redundancy and data protection
  • Comprehensive security features

Cons:

  • Cloud-hosting site has complete control
  • Multiple versions of the cloud with limited features
  • Heavy dependency on servers
  • No redundancy included
  • Typical bandwidth issues

The Final Verdict

So, what’s better—cloud computing services or SaaS? There’s not a definitive way to settle this debate. It all depends on what your individual business demands. In general, SaaS is often better for smaller operations. Cloud computing makes more sense for larger firms that have more resources and require more control of sensitive data.

Before you make a decision, it’s important to have all the facts. That’s where the experts at eSquared Communication Consulting can help. Our team understands how to implement cloud infrastructures and can create a solution that aligns with your unique needs. Whether you need an external host, want to test out an online software program, or have the desire for an on-premises system, you can count on us to check every box with an affordable and flexible solution.

Send us a message to let us know what your cloud strategy looks like, and we’ll help you create a plan that aligns with your needs.