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XaaS: Digital Transformation Delivered as a Service.

By Dick Weisinger

XaaS = Anything/Everything/Technology as a Service. It is a catch-all term for the many types of cloud computing scenarios, like SaaS (Software/Applications as a service), PaaS (Platform as a service), DBaaS (Database) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

Amarkant Singh, Head of Product, Botmetric, said that “thanks to all of its fundamental models – IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, plus the latest XaaS, the cloud has brought in democratization of infrastructure for businesses. XaaS is ushering in more of ready-made, do-it-yourself components and drag-and-drop development.”

The benefits of an as-a-service model include:

  • Shift from capital to operational expenditures results in lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Enables businesses of any size to access applications
  • Enables cloud vendors to leverage economies of scale
  • Enables businesses to flexibly scale up or down, as needed
  • Speeds implementation time for adding new applications and business processes
  • Frees up staff and resources

Lesley MacDonald, Programs Manager at Dell EMC, said that “this model [XaaS] is not only limited to online services. Bricks-and-mortar businesses are also being transformed through digital connectivity. Transportation-as-a-service is being fulfilled by companies like Uber and Lyft; grocery-as-a-service is being offered by chains such as Safeway and Whole Foods; and accommodation-as-a-service is a lodging rental service provided by Airbnb. This is just the tip of the iceberg with many more on their way.”

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