If there’s one thing that is trending a lot in the data center space lately, it’s EVERYTHING-as-a-service. TechTarget’s SearchCloudComputing site defines XaaS (or everything as-a-service) as a general, collective term that refers to the vast number of products, tools and technologies that vendors now deliver to users as a service over a network -- typically the internet -- rather than provide locally or on-site within an enterprise.” SaaS, or software as-a-service, is one that is pretty popular, and only growing in adoption.
Below are a few examples of where our clients fit into this space.
ClearSky Data, a provider of on-demand backup and DR as a service, received some great testimony from customer ERIS/Partners Healthcare, on its cloud storage as-a-service solution. Partners Healthcare’s enterprise research infrastructure and services group, ERIS, needed a way to provide storage with security, comply with healthcare regulations and enable researchers to access data at any time from anywhere to conduct their research. With ClearSky’s service, the large healthcare research organization was able to reduce its on-prem storage footprint and implement a hybrid cloud strategy. The service offers more data protection and disaster recovery capabilities, agility and elasticity, and ultimately allows the organization to focus on its main goal, which is providing IT products and services that enable discovery and research. So, basically, the benefits of SaaS are not just limited to the data center or IT department - the entire organization reaps the rewards.
CloudShare is a specialty cloud provider that helps software companies replicate complex on-premise IT environments in the cloud for training, sales enablement and sandboxing for testing and support. In other words, they provide training environments for companies when preparing employees or talking to prospects, but without disturbing the company’s actual network. CloudShare's solution is hands-on, so there is ease of use for trainees or trials, real-time interactions from instructors, and ROI analytics that help managers make constant improvements. Sales teams can tailor new software deployments and employees can train on a simulation of a company’s network, without interfering with the network, using extra bandwidth or causing disruption in the overall business’ day-to-day operations.
Managed service provider Key Information Systems is another player on our SaaS “team.” Recently acquired by Converge Technology Partners, one of Key’s biggest offerings is its object storage-as-a-service, which it launched last summer. STaaS offerings are ideal for large enterprises that have a ton of data, that needs to be accessible by more than one user at a time. The healthcare industry is one vertical that benefits from offerings such as these, as well as law enforcement (think police body cams and cruiser cams), and the entertainment industry.