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Software as a Service (SaaS) providers has become an integral part of every company operation, from ERP software, integrating CRM and HR for example – effectively almost all aspects of the production cycle. However, these application suppliers have unique demands on cloud computing infrastructure. 

But why? It’s to do with many challenging factors when deployed.

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Scalability

Good cloud infrastructure has to be ready to scale in order to accommodate an often-irregular volume of requests from users, who are often geographically scattered. These requests may occur through test and development or other sales/marketing events causing a spike of processors power, SQL database access and user authentications. Some cloud infrastructure providers allow for a temporary increase of recourses without interruption to the application availability or outages.

Costs

To balance the profitability and competitiveness, cloud infrastructure has to be flexible and be cost-effective with predictable billing. This can only be achieved by not overprovisioning resources, rather adding and subtracting from the resource pool to meet changing demands. An effective business model for SaaS providers is predicated on a number of applications slightly exceeding the number of users. Therefore, to maximize profitability, providers must be able to ensure their cloud infrastructure is commercially scalable to meet user needs without having to overprovisioning.

Performance

Many SaaS applications have been developed and deployed with third-party dependencies such as maps, data sources and cloud storage requiring even more performance power, security and stability. Therefore, an effective cloud architecture must be designed in order to support these additional demands and any cloud provider which cognises SaaS applications will be offering unlimited bandwidth and “add-hot” performance packages as standard.

Security and 24/7 Support

Digital transformation and increased demand for mobile and greater interoperability for business operations, sales and marketing accelerate the adoption of SaaS applications. However, this provides another challenge in maintaining security against cyberattacks and ensuring the privacy of user data is paramount. Thus, cloud infrastructure providers need to demonstrate the security of their platform architecture that exceeds public cloud standards. SaaS providers implementing applications needs a resolute & dynamic 24/7/365 support from cloud providers – so should an issue arise, will act as an extension of the client resolution team.

 

Summary

For any challenges facing SaaS providers now and for the foreseeable future, PeaSoup offers the scalability, performance and security to power bandwidth-intensive, security-reliant applications. We understand the importance of security and offer free cloud backup for any SaaS providers helping to mitigate any cyberattack.

 

Typical SaaS cloud infrastructure requirements:

Server Type CPU Memory GB Disc GB
AD Controller 2 4 50
CRM SQL 4 12 750
Pro Web Application 4 8 60
Web SQL Server 4 8 110
Citrix Authentication 2 16 50