What is Storage as a Service (SaaS)?
Storage-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a business model in which a company leases or leases its storage infrastructure to another company or to other people for the storage of data. For small businesses and individuals, this is often a convenient way to manage backups and save money on staff, hardware, and physical space.
A company that provides SaaS can be called a Storage Service Provider (SSP). Storage as a service can also be referred to as hosted storage.
As an alternative to external storage of magnetic tapes in a vault, IT administrators meet their storage and backup requirements through SLAs (Service Level Agreements) with a SaaS provider, usually at a cost per gigabyte and a cost per database.
The client transmits the data intended for storage to the service provider via the SaaS provider's WAN or via the Internet according to a specified schedule. The storage provider provides the client with the software that is required to access the stored data. Clients use the software to perform standard storage-related tasks, including data transfers and data backups. Corrupted or lost company data can easily be restored.
Storage as a service is widespread among small and medium-sized businesses because it doesn't require an initial budget to set up hard drives, servers, and IT staff. SaaS is also marketed as a great way to minimize the risks of data loss recovery by providing long-term data retention and improving business stability.