Cloud Hosting or SaaS LIMS…Are they the same thing?

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Posted by Mary Arinzé MBCS MIHM (Discussions: 1, Comments: 1)
Replied on March 1, 2019 10:30 am
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From an end user perspective they mean exactly the same thing. They are both hosted in the cloud and are accessed using a web browser. So the user sees no difference.

The difference is financial and contractual. With a pure cloud hosted LIMS or software app, you can buy the app and put it in the cloud at Amazon or some other cloud hosting provider. You buy the app, you pay for annual maintenance and you pay for the cloud hosting. Each cost is broken out.

With a SaaS approach the vendor bundles all of that together into one monthly subscription price. You do not own it, you rent it and everything to run it is included in that price.

Hope this is helpful.

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Posted by John Jones (Discussions: 368, Comments: 3072)
Replied on March 1, 2019 10:37 am

Thank you very much John, yes this does make sense! However, does this mean that configuration of the LIMS might be more restricted on a SaaS based LIMS than with one that is hosted on a cloud platform of our choice?

(Mary Arinzé MBCS MIHM at March 1, 2019 10:46 am)

Yes, typically a pure SaaS offering will be more restrictive than other offerings because they sell the same software to all of their clients and generally speaking the only level of customization allowed is through the api. Also, typically, a SaaS offering is multitenant so that all the LIMS are hosted in the same database but that is not always true. So you have to ask a SaaS provider about those details. All companies and offerings are not the same so just get information about the database and about the level and types of customization that are allowed.

(John Jones at March 1, 2019 10:58 am)

Thank you, this has been very helpful.

(Mary Arinzé MBCS MIHM at March 1, 2019 11:25 am)
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