4 Things to know about PaaS

Another acronym?? You betcha; the technology field is full of them. We’re going to break down PaaS, or platform-as-a-service, and delve into the details of why businesses of all sizes are using it.

What it is
PaaS is computing platform that includes a set of development, middleware, and deployment capabilities. Basically, it’s a set of services for developers to help them create and test apps without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure. PaaS is typically provided through a vendor to the user.

How it’s Used
The vendor supplies the aforementioned underlying infrastructure and the platform itself. The operating systems, databases, middleware and tools are all provided by the vendor. The user communicates with the vendor and describes the tools they need developed.  The vendor then develops the PaaS for the user to build upon.

When it’s Used
PaaS is used to solve problems. Your business needs a program to help fill orders but you don’t have the time or the resources to build the app from the ground up, so your best option is to enlist the services of a PaaS service. This will allow you to spend more time designing the app and working with your business instead of trying to create the app yourself.

Where to Start
When it comes to choosing a PaaS vendor, there are things to keep in mind:

  • How much it costs, is it license-based or open source?
  • Is the data going to be backed up? With 24/7 support?
  • Will you be able to upload it to any cloud environment?


There are a lot of options out there. When deciding if PaaS is right for you, you have to ask yourself, do you want to build and manage all the software of it you want to enlist a third party’s help.
For a more detailed breakdown of PaaS, check out Clickipedia blog here.

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