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Cloud Development and Deployment with CloudBees by Nicolas De loof

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Software as a Service

Another well-known actor in the Cloud ecosystem is Google Mail . Such software doesn't require installation; you access it with a standard browser using a secure HTTP transporter on the Internet. You can create a new Gmail address using a fully automated subscription process. Such services are called Software as a Service (SaaS) since they provide a fully running product, with some options to customize them, but are focused on a specific use case. You can customize Gmail's style for your company and set some default filters for all the users, but you can't convert Gmail into a CMS—it's a mailbox service, period.

SaaS is based on another standardization: web-based applications that run on modern, JavaScript-powered browsers. ...

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