Platform as a service (PaaS) is a cloud hosting service that provides developers a range of tools to develop, deploy, deliver and maintain websites and applications. It is commonly confused with other cloud hosting approaches such as: Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which can provide some overlapping capabilities but in a different manner.
In contrast to other approaches, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) model provides an all-in-one solution with an extensive toolkit that users can pick and choose to deliver their applications via the internet. It enables your development team to focus solely on developing, running and managing the business applications rather than worrying about building and maintaining the infrastructure. This approach is highly scalable and helps diminish the infrastructural burden that is usually put on a growing business.
Let’s look at six common benefits a PaaS approach can provide a business:
1. Decrease your Time to Market
The top business advantage of PaaS solution is that it increases speed of development and deployment for web applications, whether we speak about a 1st project or to deploy new features. Digital teams can speed up their development thanks to the automation of a range of regular tasks such as deploying a new feature, spinning up testing branches, testing new configuration or on-boarding new developers to the team.
2. Reduce DevOps Work
A PaaS solution allows your organization to worry only about configuring the underlying infrastructure rather than building it. Developers can instead focus their efforts on features, performance, and usability. Additionally, the PaaS model provides development, staging and testing environments. It provides developers the ability to centralize their work in a single system, at every stage of the development process up to the deployment for production. It provides developers the ability to centralize their resources in a single location which reduces costs and increases productivity. Furthermore, PaaS supports continuous integration and Continuous Development (CD) tools that help automate the building, testing and deploying of applications.
3. Reduce Costs
Using a PaaS system can save your organization a lot of money since you do not need to perform low-level work or hire additional personnel to set up and maintain the infrastructure stack. Another consideration is that you can avoid unforeseen costs that can occur in case of a downtime. Lastly, you do not need to purchase hardware and software tools that are required for the development of your application.
4. Improve Quality
Development teams can easily spin up numerous testing, development, staging and production environments to ensure quality assurance of the code as well as improve software quality processes. With PaaS solution, web developers can clone live running services & websites in seconds to test new features before sending them to production. This helps developers identify issues more quickly and reduce the development cycle time.
5. Improve scalability and reliability
The PaaS approach allows organizations to scale worry-free with its pay-as-you-go model. The model easily supports increased traffic and usage without impeding the performance of the website or application. It also provides the flexibility for databases to easily scale and meet your business needs as information or data stored increases. Additionally, companies can still ensure the safety and security of company data and customer information.
6. Remove system maintenance and support pains
An in-house built stack for application development can have many drawbacks. Bear in mind that you will need to make sure that various components and integrations need to be maintained and updated when new versions are released. Your organization risks missing out on new capabilities and innovations if you do not keep your stack up to date or worse, expose yourself to major security issues.
Typically, PaaS components and security patches are updated automatically. This guarantees that your stack is running on the latest stack. Therefore, minimizing the risk of incompatibility and security gaps between your various systems that can lead to unforeseen costs.
Adopting PaaS can bring a lot of value to your organization. It enables your developers to focus more on creating, testing and deploying web applications rather than spend time building and managing the physical infrastructure. This saves your organization time and resources and eliminates the risk associated with acquiring and maintaining different software licenses.
Our eZ Platform Cloud solution is a cloud-hosting solution that offers our leading, latest-generation content management software – eZ Platform – in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model. eZ Platform Cloud provides the underlying hosting infrastructure to run projects as well as the necessary development tools to deploy and manage them.
Talk to us about how we can help provide you with the cloud infrastructure and hosting to build and manage your content-centric projects.