The Serchen marketplace services over 10,000 vendors and millions of buyers annually. Their goal is to produce a great database of ratings and reviews that will connect buyers and sellers with the best cloud services and software in the IaaS, PaaS and SaaS categories.
- IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service is a provision model in which an organization outsources the equipment used to support operations, including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. The service provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. The client typically pays on a per-use basis.
- SaaS – Software as a Service is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.
- PaaS – Platform as a Service is a way to rent hardware, operating systems, storage and network capacity over the Internet. The service delivery model allows the customer to rent virtualized servers and associated services for running existing applications or developing and testing new ones.
The site is laid out well, segmented into platforms nicely… and has a really intelligent search bar for finding the platforms you need. I think there’s still a ton of apps missing (of course, we don’t have every app presented here yet, either… that’s going to be nearly impossible) and reviews are quite shallow at the moment; however, it’s a great step in the right direction for building out a database like this!
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Definitions from SearchCloudComputing.