By Claude Baudoin, Owner and Principal, cébé IT and Knowledge Management
International technology standards organization Object Management Group® (OMG®) announced v1.0 of the Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) Glossary. The goal of the glossary is to eliminate confusion for end users about the suffix “as-a-service,” which has become a popular shorthand to describe solutions offered on a pay-as-you-go basis with elasticity and self-service procurement.
The NIST Cloud Computing Reference Model from 2011 defined three cloud service models: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). This phrase has since been used for an increasing variety of services, not all related to information and communication technologies (ICT), to the point that the abbreviations XaaS and AaaS, both meaning “anything-as-a-service,” have surfaced to denote this trend.
The glossary, developed by the OMG Cloud Working Group, consists of a list of forty-eight terms and their definitions and a set of references to the sources or definitions of those terms.
Download the Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) Glossary and register to watch the Understanding Anything-as-a-Service (Xaas) Webinar, which runs on September 7, 2022, at 11am EDT and will be available on demand afterwards.