The cloud is a hot topic for small businesses all the way to global enterprises, but remains a broad concept that covers a lot of online territory. As you begin to consider switching your business to the cloud, whether it be for application or infrastructure deployment, it is more important than ever to understand the differences and advantages of the various cloud services.

Though as-a-service types are growing by the day, there are usually three  models of cloud services to compare: 

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For each of these, we’ll look at the concept, benefits, and variances. We’ll also help you understand the key differences among SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS—so you can best choose one for your organization.