Platform Services (PaaS)


Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications.

PaaS is a popular choice for businesses who want to create unique applications without spending a fortune or taking on all the responsibility.

It’s kind of like the difference between hiring a venue to put on a show vs. building a venue to put on a show.

The venue stays the same, but what you create in that space is unique.

PaaS provides all the infrastructure needed to develop and run applications over the Internet. In addition, PaaS eliminates the expense and complexity of managing all the hardware and software that used to be needed for such applications.

PaaS Characteristics

PaaS platforms are:

  • Accessible by multiple users.
  • Scalable – you can choose from various tiers of resources to suit the size of your business.
  • Built on virtualization technology.
  • Easy to run without extensive system administration knowledge.

Cut coding time. PaaS development tools can cut the time it takes to code new apps with pre-coded application components built into the platform, such as workflow, directory services, security features, search, and so on.

Add development capabilities without adding staff. Platform as a Service components can give your development team new capabilities without your needing to add staff having the required skills.

Efficiently manage the application lifecycle. PaaS provides all of the capabilities that you need to support the complete web application lifecycle: building, testing, deploying, managing, and updating within the same integrated environment. PaaS is often the most cost-effective and time-effective way for you  to create a unique application.

PaaS allows you to focus on the creative side of app development, as opposed to menial tasks such as managing software updates or security patches. All of their time and brainpower will go into creating, testing, and deploying the app.