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Digital IT

Cloud products/software-as-a-service (SaaS)

Some software products are not installed (or ‘hosted’) on the local PC—or even on the University campus. Instead, the software is hosted by a commercial cloud services provider, and is accessed by its users via the Internet (normally using an Internet browser). Software in this category is usually associated with specific users—or groups of users—rather than specific PCs; in other words, it can normally be used from any location. The process for gaining access to cloud/SaaS software is exactly the same as for acquiring locally-installed software.