Having answered the question “what is PaaS (platform as a service)?”, it’s now time to take a closer look at some of the top benefits that PaaS offers. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the biggest advantages of PaaS to help you decide if PaaS is an ideal solution for your business.
Advantages of PaaS
For businesses that make use of PaaS, the advantages are numerous. Some of the top advantages of PaaS include:
With PaaS, many of the tasks associated with the development of software solutions are handled by the PaaS provider. These tasks include deployment of the platform, management of the platform, security, and others, and all of these tasks are things that you and your IT team don’t have to focus on when you use a PaaS solution. Having fewer responsibilities pertaining to the software development process means that you are able to better focus your resources and free up your developers to work solely on the task of development itself.
Reduced Skill Requirements
Managing your own development platform requires your developers to demonstrate skills beyond software development. This necessity leads many businesses that employ an on-site development platform to hire more generalist, “jack of all trades” developers. However, since PaaS frees up developers to focus only the task of software development rather than the various tasks associated with system administration, using a PaaS solution means that you will be able to hire developers who are high-quality coders without having to worry about their system administration skills.
Scaling a development platform that you build yourself is no easy task. While building a platform that fits the current needs of your business might be simple enough, building a scaling mechanism so that the platform will grow and adapt alongside your business requires a ton of foresight as well large investments in hardware. A PaaS platform, however, can be scaled up and down as needed in little time at all. PaaS providers already have all of the hardware and infrastructure in place to provide you with any type of development platform that your business needs at a moment’s notice. This means that you are able to focus on scaling your business while being able to rest assured that the development platform you use will easily scale along with it, step for step.
Downtime is the Achilles heel of a software development team. In addition to grinding your business to a halt, downtime of your development platform may even cost you customers if you are using that platform to host your website or to provide other software solutions that your customers are relying on. When you manage your own development platform, downtime can come from any number of sources including cyber attacks, power outages, malfunctioning hardware, and numerous others. PaaS providers, however, are dedicated to keeping their servers up and running and often offer service-level agreements (SLAs) that guarantee at least 99.9% availability. To ensure maximum uptime, PaaS providers make use of cutting-edge tools and processes as well as a high level of experience at keeping their platform up and running – all things you may not have available if you are managing your own development platform.
Stay up to Date
It’s one thing to build your own development platform, but it’s quite another to keep it up to date. Of course, regularly tracking, maintaining, and updating every component of your platform is vitally important, not only to ensure to ensure that it is functioning at its highest level but also to ensure that it is kept secure. Given the vast number of individual components that make up a development platform, though, keeping your platform up to date is no easy task, and it’s not uncommon for important updates to get lost in the shuffle. With PaaS, though, keeping your platform up to date is never a concern that you or your developers have to worry about. Every component of a PaaS platform is managed and updated by the PaaS provider. This ensures that when your developers log into their development platform they will be using a platform that is fully functional, completely updated, and entirely secure each and every time.
PaaS offers a wide range of advantages to businesses of all sizes, freeing up their developers by reducing the number of tasks they have to focus on, improving scalability, maximising uptime, and more. Best all, every one of these advantages can be acquired for a fee that is affordable to small and large businesses alike, leveling the playing field of software development and empowering small to medium size businesses to create software solutions, websites, and applications that are of the highest possible quality.
If you would like to learn more about the advantages of PaaS as well as how you can incorporate a PaaS solution into your own business, we invite you to contact us today.