Platform as a service (PaaS) offers businesses a number of cloud-based features that make developing and deploying software online much easier. The service is a complete computing platform that includes software and infrastructure delivered across a network. Businesses can change or customize the operating system and install new tools as needed. Cloud-based platforms help businesses with development and deployment because of several key features.
Platform Customization Capabilities
Nearly every part of the platform can be customized in order to meet the development and deployment needs of the business. This includes changes that fundamentally affect the underlying operating system, some hardware components and web server code. Making these changes on in-house or distributed development computers is often difficult and can interfere with some running applications or cause conflicts and incompatibilities.
A major strength of PaaS is that it delivers all resources across a network to anyone who has access and a suitable client. This improves collaboration during development because every person is using the same computing platform and not cloned or distributed versions of databases, source code and applications. Dozens of contractors or separate offices around the world can use the same cloud-based development tools, compilers and code repositories without having to worry about versioning issues or missed updates. Changes made to networked resources will take effect for everyone using the platform immediately.
A number of cloud service providers allow the platform to function as a deployment infrastructure as well. This means a business that develops a custom web server on the platform can use the same cloud-based infrastructure to make the services or software available to the public. This can save a large amount of time when new software is ready. It also allows the business to continue development without interrupting delivery to customers.
Scalable Platform Features
This type of computing platform is scalable to a degree that is not easily possible with traditional networks or development environments. The amount of storage needed for a database can be expanded without requiring downtime or hardware upgrades. Providers can increase the amount of bandwidth, processing power or memory as needed to accommodate software requirements. This allows businesses to add resources seamlessly as the software or consumer base grows.
Managed Maintenance and Services
Another feature that will help businesses is managed maintenance and services. The different administrative and maintenance functions of the platform can all be performed by the service provider instead of by in-house information technology staff. This can include automatic updates to the operating system and regular maintenance on a web server. This allows the business to focus exclusively on development and deployment.