XaaS is a general, collective term that refers to the delivery of anything as a service. It recognizes the vast number of products, tools and technologies that vendors now deliver to users as a service over a network — typically the internet — rather than provide locally or on-site within an enterprise.
Examples of XaaS
There are countless examples of XaaS, but the most common encompass the three general cloud computing models: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
The XaaS coming to dentistry is hardware.
Dentists don’t really want or need to own computers which must be replaced every three years. What the dentist wants is the result. That is a functioning hassle free office. Rather than buy a bunch of computers and cables and printers then pay an IT expert to set it up and maintain it the dentist simply pays a monthly fee and the hardware as a service provides all the equipment, keeps it running and – this is the big difference – upgrades and replaces it as part of the service. As long as the dentist pays the monthly fee the dentist has the hardware and a functioning network.
In the old ownership model if a server breaks the dentist is responsible for getting it repaired or replaced. In the new XaaS model the service provider is responsible.
Dentists are already using a number of software as a service options (SaaS). The most common is a reminder e-service. The dentist does not buy and install the software. The software is installed and runs on the cloud. The dentist simply rents the result. Other SaaS options are cloud management systems like Curve or Dentrix Ascend.