What is XaaS?

Cloud computing has gone mainstream, with most enterprises adopting infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) as part of their IT portfolios. But cloud services have also broadened to include offerings such as desktop as a service (DaaS), storage as a service (STaaS), containers as a service (CaaS) and more. Enter the everything as a service (XaaS) era, in which any IT function can be transformed into a service for enterprise consumption. Nice turn here.

Strictly speaking, XaaS encompasses any computing service that is delivered via the internet and paid for in a flexible consumption model rather than as an upfront purchase or license. But in the rush to conjure new digital services for their business stakeholders, CIOs are increasingly co-opting the XaaS formula for internal operations.

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