An Enterprise Cloud Solution is a term that may refer to a cloud service platform or it may refer to the SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offerings delivered via a cloud service platform. When an Enterprise Cloud Solution is not a cloud service platform, it typically follows the traditional model of IT service delivery: it is designed to handle a specific business operation; such as accounting, document storage, electronic message delivery, software development, etc.

Enterprise Cloud Solutions that serve as cloud service platforms are distinguished from the SaaS, PaaS or IaaS offerings that they deliver, in the following way: they extend the actual cloud infrastructure services and cloud application services that are required to successfully deliver SaaS, PaaS or IaaS offerings to an enterprise. Regardless of the application, an enterprise cloud solution must ultimately provide all of the resources needed to perform the required business functions in an integrated manner, within the framework of the cloud architecture that delivers the solution. In any case, the end goal of any enterprise cloud solution is to provide the necessary tools to manage or support a specific set of business functions, systems or resources.


An Enterprise Cloud Solution can be implemented in a private cloud or in a public cloud. When a private cloud is used, an organization takes full responsibility for the delivery of each cloud solution within its enterprise private cloud. Conversely, when an organization uses a public enterprise cloud, the external vendor has to extend the required cloud platform to the Internet, to facilitate the delivery of its enterprise cloud solutions to each customer (organization). The external vendor (i.e. cloud services provider) can deliver any type of cloud solution to an enterprise, including a private enterprise cloud within a public cloud, that is only accessible by a single organization or entity.

External vendors of cloud services can deliver their solutions through a PaaS implementation, like Apprenda’s Private PaaS offering, without making a costly capital investment in platforms, infrastructure or software. Apprenda provides a flexible and cost effective solution for SaaS (Software as a Service) delivery, including automated customer on-boarding and provisioning, application lifecycle management, subscription management; and billing and metering. Customers who implement Apprenda’s Private PaaS with SaaS enablement will be in alignment with the lowest cost model of application delivery that is currently available in the IT marketplace today.

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