Platform as a Service PaaS

What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

According to PaaS or Platform as a Service definition, it is a cloud computing model that provides developers with a platform to build, deploy, and manage applications without the need to manage the underlying infrastructure. 

In cloud computing, PaaS is one of the three primary service models alongside Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). A few Platform as a Service (PaaS) examples are Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, etc.

How Does PaaS Work?

PaaS is not a replacement for a business’s software development IT infrastructure. It is provided through a cloud service provider's hosted infrastructure.  Using PaaS, services can be delivered through public, private, and hybrid clouds.

There are several other PaaS services, like,

  • development and team collaboration;
  • application design and development, testing and deployment;
  • web service and database integration; and
  • information security.

Users normally pay for PaaS on a per-use basis. However, some PaaS providers charge a flat charge monthly to allow access to the platform and its applications.

What are the Benefits of Platform as a Service?

PaaS simplifies the development and deployment process by offering a range of tools, resources, and services like database management, development frameworks, and runtime environments. Here are a few benefits of PaaS.

Reduced complexity - PaaS abstracts the underlying infrastructure, allowing developers to focus on application development and deployment without worrying about server management, networking, and other infrastructure components.

Cost savings - PaaS can help businesses save on infrastructure costs, as they only pay for the resources they use. No investment is required in hardware or managing physical servers.

Collaboration- PaaS platforms often support collaborative development, enabling teams to work together more efficiently, regardless of physical location.

Faster time to market - PaaS platforms provide pre-built tools and services. This can accelerate application development and deployment. Hence, you can reduce an application's time to launch in the market.