Cloud vs. SaaS

Cloud software is a dazzling term. But this does not trigger euphoria everywhere. Due to a lack of clarity, many are worried about the security, availability and confidentiality of their data. That's why we prefer to talk about Software-as-a-Service (Saas) when we present serial data management with the SecIdent Coding System to our customers and interested parties.

Software-as-a-Service is a service that refers to both the operation and the functions of specific software. In contrast to classic software models, which are often understood as on premise, only a minimal local IT infrastructure is required. Usually it is done with an up-to-date web browser. As in the days of mainframe architectures, all other processes are managed centrally in a computer center for all customers equally. This saves capacities for computing power, data storage, back-up and also enables complex data exchange processes with external systems via program interfaces (API).

So what is the difference between a cloud application and a SaaS application?

Basically a cloud application is another representative of a software service. However, cloud usually means that the hardware on which the service is operated is part of a larger computer network, e. g. the Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure Cloud. Numerous other web services can be operated within these server farms hosted by one of the large Internet providers. From a technical point of view, customers never know exactly on which hardware the software and databases will be installed and maintained. The location can also be unclear. Some web service providers are located abroad for reasons of cost and data protection.

That's why we have chosen the transparent way and operate the SecIdent software on our own hardware. The servers - and yes, there are several servers available at the same time for fail-safe and high performance.