Hybrid SaaS

Cloud computing is an important innovation in business today, and refers to network-based services provided through virtual hardware but simulated on real machines. Cloud computing offers various service models including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), desktop as a service (DaaS), backend as a service (BaaS), IT as a service (ITaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

SaaS is a software delivery model where the software and associated data are hosted on the cloud. Users access SaaS using a web browser client. SaaS generally reduces IT support costs, allows for more immediate customization, promotes collaboration, and enables agile software development.

Although SaaS provides great benefits to everyday operations, there are some downsides. With SaaS applications, users don’t have as much control over the application or data. Additionally there are some security concerns with straight SaaS applications. Signiant offers a hybrid SaaS model to alleviate these concerns.

Hybrid SaaS combines SaaS solutions with an on-premise software application to provide the benefits of SaaS with more security and user control. The functional aspect of the software is presented through the cloud, hosted by the software provider. A user logs into the application from a web browser and accesses a cloud-hosted environment including the user interface, functionality, and mechanism that moves files. The users’ data, however, is stored in whatever environment they choose until it is encrypted and transferred over the Internet.

With hybrid SaaS, you can store data on an on-premise server that is managed by your organization or you can use the cloud. The user now has more control over where to keep the storage. Security concerns are eliminated without sacrificing the benefit of cloud software. Signiant’s hybrid SaaS in Media Shuttle is scalable, flexible, reliable and low cost so you can have easy access with top-notch security. Many companies including ESPN, Radical Media (New York) and Envy Post (United Kingdom) have started using Media Shuttle and are able to access the best of both the SaaS and security worlds with hybrid SaaS. Read the following articles to learn more about Signiant’s hybrid SaaS.

  • A time lapse of cars driving over a bridge.

    Media Shuttle: fast, secure access to any storage type, anywhere

    Our unique hybrid approach allows for great flexibility so you can choose the storage that makes the most sense for each operation and you can mix and match as needed. Assets always remain 100% under your control.
  • A group of eight men standing in the front of the Signiant Ottawa offices.

    What is a Net Promotor Score? And How to Improve Yours

    A Net Promoter Score is an aspect of Voice of the Customer data, research designed to get honest feedback from customers in order to improve products or services. Learn how the continuous release cycles of SaaS elevate customer support and offer a much greater opportunity for customers to be heard.
  • A welcome mat on a front porch.

    Please Welcome Signiant’s New Field Representatives

    In the spirit of a new and successful year at Signiant, we are pleased to officially welcome two great additions to the team, Strategic Accounts Directors, Chris Soresi and Tom Bush!
  • A scene from the movie Meet the Parents 2 where Robert DeNiro is giving a lie detector test to Ben Stiller.

    Meet the Patents: Where Signiant Leads, Others Follow

    We realize patents make for dull reading best left to geeks and lawyers. However, if you’re researching vendors, it does make sense to consider the patents the company holds.
  • The sun rising over a lake. Clouds mostly block the sun. The shoreline and trees are in silhouette.

    The year’s best SaaS: Signiant made the Cloud Awards short list

    Last week, the International Cloud Computing Program Announced a shortlist for the 2015-2016 Cloud Awards, and we are excited be on it in the Best SaaS category.
  • A black jacket with the word security on the back of it.

    The importance of usability for secure software

    Software security and User Experience Design are both popular subjects in tech media, but they usually draw different audiences and the important space where they overlap gets far less attention. After all, except for high-profile cyber breaches, software security is not nearly as trendy as “UX”. And thank goodness for the trend. Though we’ve come a long way, this 2007 Dilbert comic still holds some hilarious yet painful truth about how much we still need to improve user experience in regard to security measures.
  • A uniformed arm holding out a gift to a little girl in a pink dress.

    Kids These Days Have It Easy: One solution for important and large file transfers

    One of the reasons Apple succeeded with its iPod/iTunes franchise is that it finally provided a single solution to easily manage, share and listen to all your music, anywhere. No longer did you need to record an album to cassette for long car rides or for exercising with your Walkman. No longer did you have to keep up with piles of CDs or boxes of tapes.
  • Securing SaaS, Part 1: The architecture of secure design

    When you are in the midst of the tedious editorial process of a big project, the security of your files as they pass among the various players on your team isn’t something you want to think about. Signiant designed Media Shuttle as a file sharing solution that is especially conducive to the flow of media production and post-production with a technical backend as rigorous as your IT team.
  • Beautiful buildings in Florence, Italy.

    Signiant Unveils Unified Cloud Architecture Based on SDN Concepts

    Signiant today announced extensions to the company’s cloud platform and offered insight into the underlying technical innovations that led to its development. At the International Broadcast Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam September 11-16, 2014, the company will be demonstrating two award-winning products based on this platform: Media Shuttle and Signiant Flight.
  • A sculpture of a child at the top of a ladder reading towards the sky.

    What is “cloud washed” software?

    Almost every B2B software company on the market today has its own version of the “cloud mantra,” explaining how the cloud is transforming business, how it’s creating new opportunities for global reach and collaboration, and how their software is cutting edge. But marketing is one thing, and the actual technology is another. Not all companies mean the same thing when they use the term “cloud.”
  • A close up of an engine.

    Signiant Wins Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering

    Signiant today announced it was named a winner of the 2014 Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering. Signiant’s innovations in secure accelerated file movements over IP (including the internet) earned the company this prestigious award, which honors excellence in engineering creativity. Signiant is one of a select few companies to be honored with an Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering, and was chosen by dozens of industry experts and peers.
  • A guy riding his bike down a city street with several dogs chasing him.

    Cannes 2014: Award-winning film “saved” by intelligent file sharing software

    Hidden alongside the dazzling display of stars and their awards, a lesser-known selection of films vie for a different sort of honor at Cannes: the Prize of Un Certain Regard (French translation: “a particular outlook”). Since 1978, the Un Certain Regard selection has showcased the original and unique work of young artists seeking international recognition. But this year’s winner had to deal with an unexpected off-screen adventure in the final days before the festival, a drama that came close to costing them their debut and the opportunity to share their remarkable film with the world.