Everything as a Service

Here’s a way I came up with to think about the differences between the different “as a service” offerings.

IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is like renting a kitchen full of ingredients and utensils

PaaS (Platform as a Service) is like buying an undecorated cake…you can do whatever you want with it, but you start with cake, it can’t become meatloaf or pancakes or anything else you could normally make in a kitchen

SaaS (Software as a Service) is like catering…you get the cake you want with some customizations delivered to you

IaaS is the most flexible and requires the most work

PaaS is in the middle between flexibility and effort

SaaS is the most rigid and requires the least effort