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October 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1

Anything as a Service, Everything as a Service explained

One of the latest terms to emerge from the cloud is XaaS, which can mean Anything as a Service or Everything as a Service, depending on whom you ask. Cloud computing has spawned a new lexicon, with terms cropping up at a breakneck pace. Just consider cloud bursting, cloudware and cloud-oriented architecture. XaaS is not a specific service model, but it recognizes the various service models that make up the public and private cloud computing industry. The cloud industry has spawned the evolution of various Web-based service models, including Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service -- collectively known as the SPI model. Other services include Storage as a Service, Communications as a Service, Network as a Service and even Monitoring as a Service. XaaS and the cloud have been a long time coming. The idea of the cloud computing has been around for decades, even though it wasn't always called that. Technologists have long yearned for a world where a business would use computing resources from ...

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