The Paas or Platform as a Service is one of the Cloud Computing services in which a whole platform is provided for clients to use them. The client can use this platform while developing his/ her software without worrying about the maintenance or the infrastructure of this platform.
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As a developer of a service, I can’t see the infrastructure of the platform I’m using or even know how it’s implemented in the PaaS model.
Advantages of Platform as a Service
The biggest advantage of PaaS is that the company can use the platform environment and create new applications based on it. That will save the company a lot of money as they don’t have to pay for the servers and databases of this platform.
With the concept of PaaS in mind, companies can also save a lot of time and concentrate only on developing new ideas and testing them. This advantage will help companies deliver their product to the market earlier.
And if we look at PaaS from a different angel, it forces the enterprise software developers to use cloud techniques in the software. This is helping them apply modern principles in their software as well.
Disadvantages of PaaS
– The data security of your system must be taken into consideration as it’s stored off-site and you need to make sure that it’s private.
– If your infrastructure of your company is not built for the cloud, you may face some problems in order to fully integrate them to work with PaaS or leave some of them within your infrastructure.
Applications of PaaS
A lot of applications take use of PaaS in a lot of fields. Here’re some of widely used use cases of PaaS:
1- Application Programming Interface (API)
A simple explanation of API is that there’s software made by a company, and this company offers other services to use some features of their software through API. This is purely a PaaS model as they provide some or all features in their software in order to be used in their programs and create new APIs.
2- Business Intelligence
The tools provided via PaaS gives a huge opportunity to the company to track their data and see insights that help them make the right decisions and predict what can happen in the future.
For a lot of communications platforms, PaaS can provide a delivery mechanism, allowing developers to add video, voice, and messaging features in their applications.
The cloud provider can provide PaaS services in a form of databases. This can help people get the most of it because they’re secure, on-demand, and scalable. The good part is that both technical and non-technical users can use this service.
It’s expected that in the coming years, the IoT deployments will take use out of the PaaS and be a big part of it supporting a lot of applications.
6- Master Data Management (MDM)
In a lot of businesses, employers are working on some critical data. For them, PaaS can provide policies, standards, and tools to help them manage this data carefully