What Platform as a Service (PaaS) Means
Platform as a Service (PaaS) refers to a pre-packaged combination of hardware and software tools for cloud computing that allows customized applications to be easily developed and deployed, or enhanced. PaaS provides businesses with a solution to build, test, and run applications on top of a fully managed infrastructure, platform, and application stack.
A PaaS solution serves as a ready platform for bringing your applications online. It combines server, storage, and network infrastructure with the software needed to deploy applications.
Such tools can play a key role for companies in the migration path to the Cloud. These solutions have significant advantages in terms of service scalability, cost management, security and compliance, reliability, performance, and business turnaround time.
PaaS is easy to run even without in-depth system administration skills. It is accessible by multiple users and it is extremely scalable. All this makes PaaS an ideal solution to meet business needs in a variety of scenarios.
Benefits of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
Using a third-party cloud computing PaaS model offers several advantages.
The PaaS model enables enterprises to save significantly on costs. Rather than having to cover all expenses associated with installing, maintaining, and operating on-premises servers, organizations can pay only for the services they use. In addition, as needs change and the organization grows, the scalability of the PaaS model increases to accommodate. This saves cost, time, and talent, which can be reinvested toward other priorities.
You pay for what you use, thus expenses are not charged during downtime, and capacity can be added and removed as needed. PaaS provides fully automated operations, allowing for the allocation and release of resources based on the number of users who are using the application or the resources needed.
Physical locations are old-school for Paas, as its services can be accessed from anywhere. This can help companies save on physical office expenses and hire the best tech talent independently of their location.
PaaS allows to create and deploy new applications without spending time and resources on building and maintaining infrastructure. In fact, the development team is provided with automated tools and innovative solutions that accelerate the creation of applications.
Fast time to market
The lifecycle is shortened compared to a traditional approach, with a faster time to market.
PaaS, SaaS or IaaS?
There are three basic cloud computing models that businesses often have to choose from: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
In the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) approach, the provider offers the user resources on which to install and manage their applications themselves, including networking resources, storage, and processing capacity.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a cloud computing model in which a software provider or vendor develops, deploys, and manages the entire software. This includes maintaining the cloud application software and middleware, providing automatic software updates, handling security, and generally making the software available to customers via the internet on a pay-as-you-go basis.
PaaS (Platform as a Service) is configured as the actual meeting point between the two approaches IaaS and SaaS, and therefore represents the best possible development and deployment environment for Cloud technology. PaaS allows the simplest IaaS-type infrastructure services to be enriched with software layers, and it reduces the standardization of SaaS application services, which are difficult to adapt to specific business needs.