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Get Off Your AAS: The Rise of Everything As-a-Service


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The year was 2001 when something that had nothing to do with the weather called a Cloud revolutionized the world of technology and marked the inception of an ‘AAS’—anything being offered to clients “as a service.” 


Since managed IT professionals figured how to provide the same detailed service to their clients without leaving the sanctity of their cubicle, the “as-a-service” model has accelerated exponentially. Regardless of how advanced IT has become with two other recognized acronyms with AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning), businesses need solutions. 


For 18 years, data scientists and ace programmers were learning what they could about this “as-a-service” phenomenon and how it could create new business processes, products, and other services. Then came COVID-19. 


Everything spiked into uncovering the full capacity of this cloud out of necessity more than any other reason. People were staying home but they still needed to work; therefore, the human spirit took over and we started discovering how far the cloud would cast its shadow. No matter your business, problem, or need for answers, we got off our AAS long enough to create models that would help everyone. 


Today, cloud computing is the norm rather than the exception. In fact, the cloud has rained so much upon us that we even have XaaS—Everything or Anything as a Service. Yes, really. And no, it shouldn’t be “EaaS”. The algebraic letter “X” is used to note the unknown. 


Please read and research this big AAS list of all the possibilities awaiting to serve you.



Source: The AI Journal 


AIaaS: Artificial Intelligence as a Service

You would think AI is what we use through cloud computing, so it would be more of a tool than a service. Yet, it has become more of a gateway to capture that unknown by using the power of AI to perform algorithmic tests and enhance machine learning to conduct human-ish tasks. As programmers continue to evolve AI, you can back that AAS up all day and still have room to grow.


AaaS: Authentication as a Service 

If you oversee any financial institution, your MSP should know you about this. AaaS supplies authentication capabilities in the cloud. Does your bank offer biometrics on their app? Does your credit union offer multi-factor authentication (MFA) to log in? Customer demand has this AAS getting off the couch to ensure security for everyone’s money. 


BaaS: Backend as a Service

If your team has an application developer, he or she uses BaaS every day. And if they don’t, you will not have that person long. Gone, are the days of buffering and scaling in an app. With Backend as a Service, development is faster, storage is safer, and the end product is better. And, when it comes to back ends, you want a solid AAS to help your business. 


BPMaaS: Business Process Management as a Service

BPMaaS creates any dedicated business process in a cloud-based manner. From the development of a concept to the optimization of bringing that to reality, if it benefits from the efficiencies of the cloud, this is about BPM. And although that means “Beats Per Minute” to many other people, when this AAS moves, it is music to many businesses’ ears. 


CaaS: Container as a Service

Any Amazon shoppers out there? Did you get your package safe, secure, and on time? You have this AAS to pat for that. This service manages containers at large scale, including the hosting and deployment of any container across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Automation never met a CaaS it didn’t like. 


DaaS: Desktop as a Service

Need something on your desktop, there’s an app for that. There is also an AAS to help install it. User data is important for all employees, which means upgrades, downloads, and backups will be performed—all with the power of cloud computing. 


FaaS: Function as a Service

No server? No problem. This service allows your programmers to remain on their AAS to write all the code they need uninterrupted, despite the event pinging the company’s infrastructure. Thanks to FaaS, developers can focus on what they do best and not use up the company clock on server issues and deploys. 


HaaS: Hardware as a Service

This is an AAS that we can touch all day. TBNG Consulting has been ranked among the world’s most elite 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs). And, as any MSP knows, the corporate IT team is always asked to install hardware and software on demand. HaaS allows a pay-as-you-go model to become more cost-effective and provides digital versions of physical hardware. 


IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

This is one of the top three most popular as-a-service models in development today. With IaaS, businesses can rent—or even lease now for most SMBs—infrastructure elements for cost-savings and overhead efficiencies. Whether computing or storage, this is the AAS that runs Amazon Web Services (AWS), Intel’s Edge Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. 


LaaS: Location as a Service

Three letters to prove the popularity of this certain AAS—GPS. Every business is different, but they all want to learn the same things about their customers. LaaS makes that possible by leveraging the power of the cloud and extends corporate systems, such as BI, CRM, and other data automation tools. 


PaaS: Platform as a Service

For the path to help simplify a customer’s application development cycle on its own infrastructure. This is as-a-service model can be delivered in public, private, and hybrid clouds. From middleware or OS, MSPs want more scalable and higher performance. That’s why the PaaS market is growing by 27% this year. It seems you can say this AAS gets around. 


SaaS: Software as a Service

This was the huge AAS that started it all. Software as a Service pioneered the evolution of cloud-based software and subscription-based services. It proved to programmers and customers alike that software can be trusted without a CD-install through your computer. With an efficient, manageable, and dependable process, everyone knew service via the cloud changed everything. 


SECaaS: Security as a Service

Imagine the possibilities of limitless security when it galvanizes with your infrastructure. That’s why you can click a button and gain better anti-virus or malware detection. Stress spikes the second you click on the wrong link or attachment. Cybersecurity means putting someone else’s AAS on the line and breathing easy while working. SECaaS makes that possible. 


STaaS: Storage as a Service

There isn’t a customer anywhere you doesn’t want more security for their PII or other data placed in the cloud. By 2025, an estimated 70% of all businesses will use STaaS as a cost-effective option as opposed to traditional storage or other hard drives. All the HIPAA or GDPR data you own, unharmed and protected in a cloud. That’s a ton of data you can stuff in that AAS. 


TaaS: Transportation as a Service

Our friends in fleet management no longer have to keep their other AAS in a sling because Transportation as a Service open the doors of opportunity wide for them. There was a day when people loved to own a car, but now? Leasing has shown many people, many advantages. As urban plight spans, TaaS can help. Uber and Lyft anyone? 


UCaaS: Unified Communications as a Service

Most SMBs have an advantage over larger enterprises because their size allows for agility. Unified Communications is another advantage because it evens the playing field by creating a solution for connectivity that empowers the workforce of small and medium businesses. When those start-ups begin thinking about digital transformation, they start with a galvanized AAS.


VaaS: Virtualization as a Service

The one area where it may be possible to say that the pandemic has not been a pain in the AAS. Virtualization as a Service is what made working from home more accessible for most employees. Regardless of where you live, your company’s server can become the entry point for many virtual points of contact through the cloud.



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