What is PaaS? – Platform as a Service. PaaS, is a cloud-based service that delivers a hardware and software solution for your organisation’s application development and deployment. PaaS goes beyond IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service by moving the operating system, middleware and runtime environment into the cloud. You get a full platform for supporting your application needs without needing to be hands-on with the backend operations of the platform.
Ways your businesses can benefit from PaaS
Unexpected downtime is a major issue for all types of organisations, whether you’re working on a life saving non profit mission or you have mission critical projects going offline in a corporation. PaaS providers have uptime guarantees and statistics available so you know exactly how good they are at keeping their promises. The last thing that you would want to have happen is for your equipment to go down during an application deployment or another important period. A PaaS with reliable uptime gives you peace of mind.
Access to Powerful Equipment and Software
Your budget for in-house hardware and software may not come close to what you’d actually like to work with. You can frequently get access to enterprise-level solutions that can help you grow your organisation and improve your operations. These powerful tools may be just what you were looking for, and you don’t have to pay the upfront costs to get access to them.
Better In-house IT Resource Usage
PaaS removes the need for your in-house IT staff to manage and maintain a lot of equipment and software. The PaaS provider is the one working on that side of things, so IT has more opportunities to work on applications, IT strategy and other important initiatives. You can also drive better IT engagement among the staff, as the majority of their day will be taken by up tasks requiring more critical thinking, rather than routine maintenance procedures.
Data breaches are a concern that’s on everyone’s mind, and if you don’t have top of the line security solutions, then you could have vulnerabilities that leave you open to an attack. The PaaS provider is the one that protects your critical servers, keeps your operating system and middleware up to date, and monitors the systems closely so they can respond quickly in the event of an attack. The proactive maintenance measures that a PaaS provider has in place for firmware, software and operating system updates also gives you another way to be safe from hackers. It’s easy to forget to patch a server if the IT staff has too many things to handle in a day. A PaaS provider doesn’t run into that same issue, since it’s part of their primary job duties. They also have the appropriate physical office security measures in place to ensure that every aspect of security is covered.
Lowering Your Costs
When you look at the direct and indirect costs for handling application development platforms in-house, versus going through a PaaS provider, you can see exactly how much a PaaS saves you over the short and long-term. You have more flexibility for the types of environments that you can work with, can scale up and down without any problem, and you don’t have to bring in more personnel to handle the requirements associated with expanding your application development projects. Consider your business in a CapEx vs OpEx in an IT environment.
Another advantage to this pricing model is that you’re paying a single monthly cost to the PaaS provider, rather than juggling bills from multiple vendors. You can keep a close eye on the contract terms and the invoices, ensuring that everything is accurate and for the agreed upon amounts.
Reducing Network Bandwidth Requirements
Your in-house network can get overloaded during certain operations related to development and deployment. When you’re working on the applications, their bandwidth requirements could bring everything else to a halt. When you work with a PaaS provider, they have their own separate network so you have improved capacity for load-intensive processes. You shouldn’t have to make everyone else wait to get their work done, simply because the in-house network can’t handle that much traffic. Upgrading an in-house network can be expensive, so PaaS helps you avoid this issue entirely.
Standardised Development Environments
Cross-collaboration between teams and departments is a great way to make the most of your resources, but that’s difficult when everyone is using their own development environments. When the entire organisation uses the same PaaS service, they operate on a standardised platform that makes it easy to work on similar projects. This standardisation can also come in handy if your organisation ever goes through a merger or an acquisition.