The days of installing and running software from a disc are winding down. Software providers now offer an increasing amount of software via direct download. However, more software providers than ever are offering their software through cloud hosting as a service known as Software as a Service (SaaS). The SaaS model is growing more popular for personal and business applications and programs every day, and the market is only expected to get bigger in the next few years. In fact, according to a Gartner report from November 2012, worldwide SaaS revenue will reach a projected $22.1 billion by 2015.
What is SaaS?
In the SaaS model of cloud computing, software and its associated data are hosted by a SaaS provider in the cloud. Customers can then access software on their own device, be it desktop, tablet, smartphone, or whatever device they choose, using any web browser. Examples of SaaS models you may be familiar with include cloud-based file sharing and storage services such as box.com, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
With the SaaS model, a SaaS provider takes care of hardware and software maintenance and support. Customers no longer need to maintain hardware and download install upgrades. Another key selling point of SaaS is subscription based pricing. Rather than paying a one-time fee, SaaS is typically priced on a monthly fee based on predetermined features and usage, giving customers the option to pay only for the time they use the service.
SaaS Providers at HostingCon 2013
With the projected growth of the SaaS industry, you can expect HostingCon 2013 to have its share of SaaS providers, both exhibiting and attending. Below is just a sampling of SaaS software that HostingCon 2013 exhibitors offer through the cloud.
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