The Difference Between Cloud and SaaS

January 27, 2010
By guest blogger - Ezequiel Steiner

As pointed out on ebizQ, some use the terms “cloud” and “SaaS” interchangeably. As many astute ebizQ readers indicate, there is in fact a significant difference.

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We believe (like many others commenting on ebizQ) that SaaS is a delivery model, and that the cloud makes SaaS possible. However, SaaS is not and we do not think it can become the cloud. The reason is simple – the cloud extends beyond SaaS and external clouds into private cloud areas. In an ideal world all resources (both private and public) can be used and exchanged according to business needs. We believe the cloud frees up the user (an end user or a software developer) from its own limited resources or the proprietary resources of a SaaS vendor.

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3 Responses to “ The Difference Between Cloud and SaaS ”

  1. Ian Smith on February 3, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Nonsense – a private cloud is just a dta centre outsourcing.

  2. Dave on June 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Cloud = Architecture
    SaaS = Business model

    A great breakdown can be found here…


  3. kirsty on September 8, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for this, found it v useful when writing our own can read it here if interested, would love to hear your thoughts :

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