Comparing CMS Cloud Models: What Marketers Should Know

Content Management

Lindsey Rogers By Lindsey Rogers, Marketing Manager

As more and more companies reap the benefits of moving their CMS to the cloud, marketers are weighing their options when it comes to fully leveraging the power of cloud computing for their content management systems. A recent Gartner survey predicts over half of global enterprises will be adopting an "all-in" cloud-strategy by 2021. Yet, even when organizations are ready to move onto cloud services, they are often left wondering what content management system options they have available to them. 

Different CMS delivery models and architectures offer varying degrees of support to your business and some will suit your needs better than others. There are three primary categories of CMS cloud service models: IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.

What are the pros and cons of IaaS vs. Paas vs. SaaS?

With multiple cloud-based CMS models available, how do you determine which one is the best choice for your organization? Here are the differentiating points that you need to know between these three CMS types:


Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 

In the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) deployment model, a cloud provider hosts only the basic infrastructure components of a CMS, such as dedicated data center servers, storage, IP addresses, and other networking hardware. In this pay-as-you-go model, the organization still maintains the management of their applications, which makes IaaS an appealing option for those who need high levels of customization.

While IaaS gives you a similar amount of control over your software and hardware as an on-premise system (minus the headache of hosting locally), you're still on the hook for just about everything else. Marketers, therefore, need a solid technical team to support them and make this deployment model a viable option.


Platform as a Service (PaaS)

The Platform as a Service (PaaS) model is a good choice for teams who require the ability to customize and build their own applications. These teams can manage their own data, without worrying about managing the underlying IT services, such as middleware, load management and runtime.

With PaaS, you gain access to many cloud-native features through the server space and tools provided by the vendor. This deployment model can be great for marketers who already work with developers on writing code for their own applications, but who don't have the capacity (or desire) to deal with managing greater infrastructure concerns.


Software as a Service (SaaS)

In the SaaS model, sometimes known as "on-demand," you replace all of your existing applications and infrastructure with software delivered over the Internet. The key advantages of SaaS are cost savings, availability, scalability, and a reduced number of services and applications under management.

For marketers, start-ups, or companies who don't have plenty of in-house technology support, SaaS offers an amazing opportunity to reduce reliance on IT resources. This CMS deployment model increases your ability to create and deliver content with greater speed and efficiency, so that you can quickly deploy and scale campaigns, applications, and websites.


Still not sure which option to choose? Contact our team to find the right cloud-based CMS model for your organization.