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    Question SAAS and Cloud Computing?

    Can someone explain the difference between SAAS and cloud computing?

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    Default Re: SAAS and Cloud Computing?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizawelch View Post
    Can someone explain the difference between SAAS and cloud computing?
    They are one and the same, although Cloud Computing may generally refer to services available without hosting or subscription over the internet..

    Amazon is a good example of Cloud Computing, it is a Internet based and hosted software allowing multiple non-subscription users to log in and use the service from their own remote terminal with only access through a web browser and connection to the internet being the requisites.

    Whereas SAAS (Software as a Service) is generally as above but with subscription service and licencees being required to access.. although not exclusively.

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    Hi Liza,

    SAAS is at the application level cloud is at the infrastructure level. Hope this helps!

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    We have access to more than 250 iSeries servers over the Internet in a Clound Computing environment. Time-sharing, Application Service Providers (ASP), and now Clound Computing, except for improvements in the technology, are all the same. The most important thing about Cloud Computing (IMHO) is the advantage of not having to keep up with the data. For example: If an organization had 10 locations and 10,000 customers, it is costly and inconvenient to have mutiple occurences of the customer's name, address and telephone number residing on 10 computers. Let the computers organize where the customer's data resides and whenever someone needs information about a particular client, the computer will magically find it and present it. In other words, there is no need for the operator (or the program) to be concerned with the location of the data. As the data grows the computer redistributes the data as it sees fit. The Internet is a limited example of how Cloud Computing functions, except on the Internet the operator needs a URL to find a web page. Domain name servers help by keeping a worldwide directory of where these servers exist and companies like Google provide us with an interface to send 'spiders' through the Internet so we can enter simple phrases to locate servers where the needed information is stored. I didn't mean to tell you how to build a watch But I hope this helps.

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    Interesting topic..

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    Default Re: SAAS and Cloud Computing?

    To define this even further than above, SaaS is only a part of cloud computing applications. Other forms deal with actual infrastructure management or platforms. There are options of having pure SaaS offerings or a hybrid like possible server maintenance, data management or even EDI services.

    Most importantly, cloud apps and definitions are changing daily, which makes it difficult to have a clear definition of all these applications.

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