Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions can be a strategic advantage to businesses, letting companies avoid costly hardware, software licenses, and complex version upgrades. But because most major software vendors are touting some version of SaaS, there is confusion about the solution model and its advantages. Learn what SaaS really means, and discover the short-term and long-term benefits of the model and its variants.
is mistakenly sold as SaaS is actually a hosted application. Application hosting is a widely available service that is useful in many circumstances. In a hosted application, a data center company provides a dedicated server and related hardware, network connectivity, rackspace, power and related services, and sometimes offers management services from the hardware to the OS and up through the application. In contrast to the multi-tenant SaaS solution model, this is a dedicated set of hardware that is