Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a service can provide businesses with key services that they need including application hosting and Java development. It can allow for users to develop, run and manage various applications without the hassle and effort that is normally associated with developing an application.

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A PaaS provider can provide support for underlying computing and software. No longer do users have to through a bunch of steps and authentication processes to use various programs and applications, now they can log in and use the platform easily. The platform is delivered in one of two ways including as a cloud service from a provider or as software deployed on public infrastructure that is also available as a service.

PaaS can improve the speed in which an app is developed. No longer does the user have to manage various behind the scenes applications including runtime, operating systems, virtualization, servers, storage, networking and more because the PaaS is managing these things. This allows for the developer to focus on the actual development of the application rather than these functions.

Advantages of PaaS

PaaS platforms are very useful for software developers. They offer many advantages and worthwhile features including:

  • Increased collaboration
  • Easy to use
  • Built-in infrastructure
  • Ability to upgrade the operating system
  • Testing and deployment capabilities
  • Web service integration
  • Security
  • Scalability
  • Application versioning
  • Database integration
  • Storage
  • Ability for remote updating
  • Developer community facilitation
  • Application design facilities
  • Workflow management
  • Service monitoring

Disadvantages

There are a few disadvantages of certain PaaS offerings including:

  • Possibility of being locked out of certain platforms
  • Developer may not have access to all of the conventional tools

Providers

There are a variety of different PaaS providers to choose from. It is important to consider what your needs and wants are when choosing a provider. Look at certain features including scalability, security, functionality and maintenance services available. A few of the most popular PaaS providers include:

  • Microsoft- Azure
    • Features laaS and PaaS in one, offering developers greater control
    • Supports .Net, Node.js, Python, PHP, Ruby and Java
    • Offers Visual Studio and software development kits for creating and deploying applications
  • RedHat-OpenShift
    • Developers can interface through a web console
    • Integrates with Git
    • Automates system administration
    • Offers a wide variety of languages, components and databases
  • Google- App Engine
    • Offers managed infrastructure
    • Uses a sandbox model
    • Programming languages are Java, Go, PHP and Python
  • Engine Yard
    • Gives the user great control
    • Integrates with public and private Git repositories
    • Takes care of operational tasks including performing backups, administering databases, load balancing and more

Choosing the right PaaS for your business may take a bit of research. You should compare the features, price, customer support, scalability, security offered and more to ensure that you are making the right choice. You may be able to try out different PaaS providers for a free-trial which allows you to further test out the features and functions available to ensure you are making the right choice. Employing the right PaaS provider can allow you to get more done with less work involved.

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