Understanding the Benefits of PaaS

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Platform as a Service, referred to as PaaS, is a type of cloud computing that delivers applications, a platform and environment over the internet, basically for developers to build applications and services. PaaS services are generally accessed by the users via their web browser. As PaaS providers host the hardware and software on their own infrastructure PaaS frees users from having to install in-house hardware and software to develop or run a new application. 

PaaS is not typically designed to replace the entire infrastructure or facilities of an organization. An organization can rely on PaaS systems for adopting various services such as development and application hosting. For developing and deploying an application, organizations usually have to buy and install new hardware, software, and other components in the IT department. However, the PaaS system supports all the basic hardware and software components, allowing the users to log in and start using the platform.

PaaS is beneficial basically for software developers, businesses as well as web developers. Moreover, as adopting a PaaS model dramatically reduces infrastructure costs and boosts the ability of an organization to create services and software, businesses bend towards adopting a PaaS than going for new hardware. Though these benefits are like no-brainers, the security implications when adopting a PaaS platform has to be of serious consideration.

Developers can adopt the PaaS solutions for building applications that they are planning to offer using the internet. Web developers can also leverage the potential of PaaS systems at each stage of their development process, testing process and also the hosting process. Moreover, Businesses can develop their own internal software, particularly to create distinct ring-fenced development and testing environments.

PaaS Best Practices

While adopting a PaaS platform, the features of it should be in proper alignment with the organization's business requirements and goals. Within the IT team, there should be a well-organized team for managing and maintaining as well as for creating a connection between the business, developers and the IT department. By choosing a PaaS platform, the organization should be able to extend their functions to other operational departments as well. The solution should be able to provide the same flexibility as a traditional or integrated system provides to the environment.

Benefits to Developers

PaaS offerings are not only cost efficient and flexible. With some of the innovative and effective PaaS systems, any user can develop an application using the one-click functions of the system with a web browser. It allows organizations to control the tools that are installed within the infrastructures and then create a platform depending on the organization's requirements. Some of the advanced PaaS systems, in addition, provide seamless adaptability for the users by changing the features depending on the user requirements.

Collaboration

PaaS being cloud based, for an organization with a global team working on the same project, PaaS allows seamless collaboration on the same project. Users can log in using their account details on the same platform and perform various tasks depending on the requirements and profile.

Security

Being one of the widely used technologies among organizations that handle highly confidential information, PaaS systems generally come with the best security. Most of the renowned PaaS systems are designed with sophisticated encryption algorithms that protect data within as well as during the transfer in and out of the PaaS system. Moreover, advanced PaaS systems come with a built-in recovery and data backup feature for enhanced data protection of its users. 

After all, one of the most important features of a PaaS system is its seamless flexibility as well as Security that attracts users move into PaaS. In addition, unlike traditional system, PaaS frees the user from spending an extra usage fee for the features that they don’t actually require.