Software as a Service (SaaS)
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Software as a Service (SaaS) refers to a model of software delivery where a company adopts specific activities that provide customers access to software alleviating that customer from the maintenance and daily technical operation and support of business and/or consumer software. SaaS is a model of software delivery rather than a market segment; software can be delivered using this method to any market segment including home consumers, small business, medium and large business.
Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet. SaaS applications are accessible anywhere, anytime - the only need on the users part is to have access to the Web.
Solutions like Unifi's that are
developed from the ground up to take full advantage of the
latest in technologies are drastically different than typical
licensed-based applications and those offered as an Application
Service Provider (ASP) model. An ASP model is simply a
client-server application with front-ends added later that
allow the application to run over the web, or have a web look
and feel. ASP offerings tend to be standardized applications
that have simply moved hardware support and maintenance to a
To date, few organizations have been willing to make the resource and financial commitment necessary to develop a new net-native SaaS solution. Net-native applications utilize the latest in Web and development technologies to improve performance, offer greater flexibility for end-users, reduce the total cost of ownership, and improve the frequency and delivery of application enhancements.
Unifi users access the application via a Web-browser. The
entire IT infrastructure, including IT staff, application
management and maintenance, disaster recovery, etc., is the
sole responsibility of Unifi Technologies, Inc. The SaaS
application delivery allows multiple organizations to utilize a
single set of software and hardware hosted by Unifi
Technologies, Inc., eliminating back-end hardware costs,
up-front licensing fees, and ongoing application maintenance
fees. SaaS is based on what the customer wants rather than what
the vendor can provide.