Platform as a Service (PaaS) offered on Microsoft’s Azure – a complete deployment environment in the cloud that gets your business to the next level
Technology development is not a trend, it is a constant. The market is overloaded with solutions and alternatives, giving the user a variety of opportunities. During digitalization, it is quite obvious that the business will search for the most flexible, reliable and beneficial solution. A combination of these three is the Platform as a Service (PaaS) technology. The PaaS market is expected to grow from USD 56.2 billion in 2020 to USD 164.3 billion by 2026. Key factors that are expected to drive the growth of the market are the increasing need to reduce time to market and cost of application development and focus on streamlining application management. And how this technology offered on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform could be of your use?
Starting from the very beginning – what is PaaS?
At first glance, it may sound like a win-win solution. In reality, it is definitely. PaaS stands for Platform as a service that enables you to deliver hardware and software solutions through cloud-based technology. The development, deployment and management of the processes are happening through PaaS infrastructure that includes development tools, middleware, operating systems, database management and infrastructure.
The implementation of PaaS is usually for deployment framework, analytics/ business intelligence, or additional services such as directory security, workflow and schedule management. Regarding the deployment framework, the role of PaaS, in this case, is to deploy complete cloud applications. As for analytics and business intelligence, PaaS provides a tool for analyzing the data that easily allows the prediction of outcomes, prognosis improvement and business development research.
What is the difference between SaaS, PaaS and IaaS?
We could say that PaaS is in the middle of this “technology chain”.
- IaaS – the organization provides its own application platform and applications.
- SaaS – enables the use of an application without the expense of setting up and running the infrastructure, saving the personal effort to maintain it.
Which are the advantages of PaaS?
The core principle behind PaaS is “simplicity and convenience” for the end-user. However, we all know that behind these two words stand much more than the first meaning. The Platform as a Service technology provides a scalable environment. The beneficial element is that this serves as a business driver, allowing the easy management of all demands at any time. Closely related is the next advantage – development capabilities. PaaS has the potential to be user-friendly eliminating the requirement for specific skills. The economic aspect is of great importance, Platform as a Service is on the pay-as-you-go model, providing an opportunity to use business intelligence and analytics that could be unaffordable in other cases. Also, PaaS helps to go to market faster and heightens the return on investment.
After all – PaaS or on-premises?
Let`s be honest – on-premises solutions are more expensive and complex than cloud-based. While the on-premise application required hardware, operating system, servers and database, the Platform as a Service is manageable from any point on the Earth whenever you need to. Also, it eliminates the cost of additional space, equipment, utilities, and licensing, reducing the overall application management costs.