What is PaaS?The explosion of technology in the last 20 years continues to give us acronyms we barely understand. Of these, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS function as cloud computing models that remove on-premises data centers from the workplace, opening the number of organizations that can take advantage of modern computing. But what do they mean?
- SaaS stands for Software as a Service and refers to applications an organization uses that arrive over the internet using a public cloud service provider. These are the most common computing solutions and include services like QuickBooks, Google DropBox, and SalesForce.
- PaaS is a Platform as a Service, and, like SaaS, uses the internet to deliver a work environment. Unlike SaaS, PaaS focuses on the development of applications and provides space and tools to accomplish that goal. Users can even achieve serverless computing with PaaS. Popular PaaS providers include Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Google App Engine.
- IaaS, or Infrastructure as a Service, functions as the top layer of cloud environments. Unlike both PaaS and SaaS, IaaS has no restrictions and requires highly trained individuals to function correctly.
What are the Benefits of PaaS?Like other technological solutions, a PaaS solution provides a cloud-based platform for web applications that make it easier to run your business. A PaaS opens the door to various benefits for your team, including:
- Flexibility and scalability – With PaaS, software development is easier than ever. Development teams have access to pre-coded application components or use various programming languages to create a new application from scratch. Plus, as your team grows, PaaS offerings can grow with you, or if you need to reduce workloads, you can do that, too, all on-demand.
- Multiple platform development – Cloud applications are finding a home on more than computers. A PaaS solution can make it easier for development teams to create cloud applications or application programming interfaces (APIs) so vital corporate data is accessible from any device.
- Lifecycle management – PaaS sets up an IT infrastructure that allows for total control over lifecycle management. You have everything you need in the development environment, from planning, design, and testing to launch, maintenance, and upgrades.
- Cost-effective access to tools – PaaS providers offer services on a pay-as-you-go basis making it affordable for medium and small businesses. Businesses can purchase development tools as needed, allowing DevOps teams access to state-of-the-art technology at a reasonable pricing structure.
- Remote support – PaaS services are becoming increasingly cloud-based. The cloud infrastructure allows teams to work remotely because everything functions from a central data center. As more businesses enable development teams to work in different geographic locations, a cloud computing service makes more sense and demands less on-site load balancing.
- Hybrid cloud stepping stone – Migrating from a private cloud to a public one has its fair share of concerns. However, a hybrid model could be ideal for bridging that gap. PaaS makes it easy to move less critical development from on-site data centers to cloud-based replacements.