Everything-as-a-Service is the provision and consumption of services related to infrastructure, hardware and software right through to the use of human intelligence as a service. It denotes the core of cloud computing. As with the classical IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), today further functionalities are also offered as services. One of these is Data-Intensive-Computing-as-a-Service (DICaaS), where large quantities of data are processed in the cloud infrastructure with the aid of Big Data methods.
The research and development work conducted at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA is partly concerned with the efficient and successful use of Storage-as-a-Service, Communications-as-a-Service, Monitoring-as-a-Service, Business-Process-as-a-Service, Data-as-a-Service, Security-as-a-Service, Identity-as-a-Service, Backup-as-a-Service and Database-as-a-Service in the manufacturing environment and in the context of Industrie-4.0-Kontext.