An executive from Micro Strategies, Inc., in Met. Corp. Counsel, March 2011 at 33, points out some of the proliferating cloud choices: “software as a service [SaaS], infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and desktop as a service.”
SaaS includes such online hosted software as Serengeti Tracker and GoogleDocs. Infrastructure as a service includes huge server banks that law departments can use for storing e-discovery documents or backups of any kinds of files. I think deal rooms are examples of a platform as a service since they offer a suite of capabilities, and desktop as a service may pertain to iPads and other tablet functions that use Internet-based resources.
Given the ability of a law department to mix and match from this set, “This provides a minimum of 16 different kinds of cloud offerings.” Law department managers and their technology advisors need to stay abreast of this plethora of new alternatives.