What is Cloud PaaS? Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment environment hosted in the cloud with additional resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. With cloud PaaS, you purchase the resources you need from the cloud provider on a pay-as-you-go basis and access it over a secure Internet connection.
Similar to IaaS, PaaS includes the infrastructure (servers, storage, and network) as well as the middle-ware, development tools, and business intelligence (BI) services, database management systems, and more. PaaS is designed to support the web application lifecycle of building, testing, deploying, managing, and updating.
As a developer, PaaS allows you to avoid the expenses and complexity of buying and managing software licenses. You do not need to worry about the underlying application infrastructure and middle-ware or the development tools and other resources. With PaaS, you manage the applications and services you develop, and the cloud service provider typically manages everything else.
Development framework. PaaS provides a framework that developers can build upon to develop or customize cloud-based applications. Similar to the way you create an Excel macro, PaaS lets developers create applications using built-in software components. Cloud features such as scalability, high-availability, and multi-tenant capability are included, reducing the amount of coding that developers must do.
Analytics or business intelligence. Tools provided as a service with PaaS allow organizations to analyze and mine their data, finding insights and patterns and predicting outcomes to improve forecasting, product design decisions, investment returns, and other business decisions.
Additional services. PaaS providers may offer other services that enhance applications, such as workflow, directory, security, and scheduling.
For businesses, you can license productivity apps, such as email, collaboration, and calendaring; and sophisticated business applications such as customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and document management. You pay for the use of these apps by subscription or according to the level of use.
By delivering infrastructure as a service, PaaS offers the same advantages as IaaS. But its additional features—middleware, development tools, and other business tools—give you more advantages:
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.
Develop for multiple platforms—including mobile—more easily. Some service providers give you development options for multiple platforms, such as computers, mobile devices, and browsers making cross-platform apps quicker and easier to develop.
Use sophisticated tools affordably. A pay-as-you-go model makes it possible for individuals or organizations to use sophisticated development software and business intelligence and analytics tools that they could not afford to purchase outright.
Support geographically distributed development teams. Because the development environment is accessed over the Internet, development teams can work together on projects even when team members are in remote locations.
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.
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