Platform as a Service (PaaS)

An application platform as a service or platform-based service is a category of cloud computing services that provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app.

Advantages of Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Of course, there are many great advantages to a PaaS. Here are some of our clients’ favorites.

  • One clear advantage to using PaaS is that you only pay for what you need via cloud computing, you are saving money that can be used for other business operations. You will not have to maintain, upgrade, or replace systems and software, and will get the best of the best when it comes to updating technology for your business to use. Freeing up this time and money allows your company to focus on development and operations, promoting visionary thinking and business growth from within.
  • With a PaaS, you can test and implement new applications you have developed quickly. Faster deployment means better business success. Your development teams can try various configurations of an app, test it in different environments and perfect it far faster than is possible in a traditional, on-site manner.
  • As with most cloud services, PaaS offers dynamic scaling. When you need more robust infrastructure, your provider will make it happen, scaling back when the demand is low. You will only pay for what you use, so you can save money overall, while ensuring that your clients and customers do not have to deal with slow, lagging connections owing to a lack of network capabilities.

Disadvantages of Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Exploring PaaS advantages and disadvantages, we will start with the bad news first.

  • With a PaaS, data security needs to be considered and scrutinized, as information is stored off-site. With the right measures and data practices in place to keep confidential information out of the cloud, you can ensure that the system is private enough for your use. This can sometimes be a hard sell, however, to executives and other staff outside of the IT department.
  • Not every part of your company’s existing infrastructure may be built for the cloud. If some elements cannot be cloud-enabled successfully, you might have to switch various apps and programs to integrate fully. Or you may need to leave some of these things out of the cloud and within your existing infrastructure.
  • Finally, a less than ideal PaaS provider could leave your company feeling frustrated. You need good levels of speed, reliability, and support to make PaaS worthwhile.