What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

Platform as a service offers companies the framework to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building their own infrastructure so the company can focus on the application.  Originally, the objective of PaaS was to simplify writing code while the infrastructure and operations were handled by the PaaS provider on public clouds.  Private and hybrid PaaS options were created because many companies did not want everything on a public cloud.

Now PaaS is offered in three methods.  

First, PaaS is offered as a public cloud service where the provider supplies the networking, servers, storage, operating system, and other services to host the client’s application. Public cloud PaaS evolved from Software as a Service (SaaS), which is a service where software is hosted in a cloud. Second, PaaS is offered as a private service behind a file wall. Third, PaaS is offered as software on public infrastructure.

What are the Benefits of a Platform as a Service?

The main benefit of PaaS is that it allows for high-level programing with decreased complexity, which allows the overall development of an application to be more effective by operating with an efficient cloud based strategy. Without having to worry about the infrastructure, the company or developer can focus on the application itself. 

How Does Platform as a Service Work?

Service providers deliver a platform to customers via their hosted cloud infrastructure. Typically, customers access the platform through web browsers. PaaS platforms can be delivered publicly, privately, or through hybrid options. On public cloud PaaS, the customer controls software development while the service provider manages all the major IT components needed for running the applications; including servers, storage systems, networks, operating systems, and databases. On a private cloud, PaaS is delivered as software behind a firewall and is typically deployed on a customer’s on-location data center. Hybrid cloud PaaS offers a blend of public and private. 

What are some Platform as a Service examples?

Examples of PaaS include data bases such as mySQL or Oracle, Tomcat, Google App Engine, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Windows Azure, Heroku, Force.com, and Apache Stratos.

Does DHI offer Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

DHI offers PaaS and is the preferred partner for Independent Software Vendors to deliver their applications to businesses. DHI provides not only the data center infrastructure upon which to develop and deploy applications, but also the systems management to keep the applications operating flawlessly for end users. When working with DHI for PaaS, expect seamless application delivery, infrastructure that expands and contracts to fit real-time demands, and CRM infrastructure and application management. Contact the DHI experts to explore how PaaS can simplify your business development.