What is PaaS?

Platform as a Service, often simply referred to as PaaS, is a category of cloud computing that provides a platform and environment to allow developers to build applications and services over the internet. PaaS services are hosted in the cloud and accessed by users simply via their web browser.
Software developers, web developers and businesses can all benefit from PaaS:
  • Software developers can take advantage of a PaaS solution to build an application which they are planning to offer over the internet or software to be sold out of the box.
  • Web developers can use individual PaaS environments at every stage of the process to develop, test and host their websites.
  • Businesses can develop their own internal software, particularly to create distinct ring-fenced development and testing environments.

How it Works

CREATION OF SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS : PaaS is regularly used be developers, from conception to the creation of applications, through to testing and deployment.

AUTOMATIC UPGRADES : Services are constantly updated, with existing features upgraded and additional ones added.

CHOICE OF FEATURES : Customers can choose the features they require while discarding others. They can therefore choose a service to suit their needs.

PAY-PER-USE : Generally paid for on a subscription basis and clients only pay for what they use. Sharing of underlying infrastructure results in economies of scale.

MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT : Infrastructure and applications are managed for customers and support is available.

Benefits to Application Developers

  • Don’t have to invest in physical infrastructures.
  • Makes Development for Non-Expert
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Teams in various location work together.
  • Security

Features of PaaS

One of the main features of PaaS is Flexibility.

  1. Operating System
  2. Server Side Scripting Environment
  3. Database Management System
  4. Server Software
  5. Support
  6. Storage
  7. Network Access
  8. Tools for Design and Development
  9. Hosting

Example of PaaS



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