Something As A Service (XaaS)
25 March 2013

Something As A Service (XaaS)


Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell

Barry Chignell worked in Ciphr's marketing team from 2012-2020.




Many people have heard of the SaaS (Software as a Service), but this is just one of a number of services that are encompassed by XaaS (Something as a Service).  As more and more of the normally in house resources and responsibilities are offered as a service by online providers, XaaS will evolve to include many more of these acronyms.

Some of the ‘services’ that are encompassed by the XaaS umbrella are:

  • NaaS (Network as a Service)
  • AaaS (Analytics as a Service)
  • PaaS (platform as a Service)
  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
  • CaaS (Communication as a Service)
  • MaaS (Monitoring as a Service)
  • BaaS (Backup as a Service)
  • IDaaS (Identity as a Service)
  • DaaS (Desktop as a Service)
  • SECaaS (Security as a Service)


The above list is not exhaustive however. As is common in the online world, exciting new (often abstract) acronyms will emerge alongside the services offered to make our lives easier and save us money.

If you think about it, XaaS is nothing new and exists on the offline world too.  When you go abroad on holiday, you will inevitably use the services of an airline and car hire company, rather than use your own car to travel to your destination.  This website is hosted by a third party, another example of XaaS.

Put in perspective, it seems strange that people are happy to put their lives in the hands of one XaaS provider (an airline), but are still cautious about using an online provider to manage their internal systems.

What do you think?  Let us know in the comments.