You'll find many "as a service" options from cloud providers, and some businesses enjoy using the cloud for one or more of these services. PaaS (or Platform as a Service) is popular for a good reason: It manages your applications and other infrastructure in the cloud to save money on physical hardware and time maintaining servers. This allows developers to focus on development rather than environment configuration issues.
When you have a software development team, they can easily test their applications using a PaaS and promote code changes through environments easily. A good PaaS effectivley solves the common 'bottleneck' issues developers face when trying to succesfully deploy applications. Containerized apps will run regardless of the underlying hardware removing an operations team from the equation entirely.
Finding a PaaS hosting provider isn't easy. With so many providers out there, how do you know will be the best fit for your organization?
It all comes down to your particular business needs, and what type of applications you need to deploy. The ultimate goal is to free your developers from dealing with environmental descrepencies and focus on what is most important, building a better application.
Here's a closer look at PaaS hosting and how to select a provider.
Does the Provider Support the Programming Languages You Want?
It is essential to ask this because your development team may adhere to a specific programming language that differs from what the PaaS provides. The last thing you want is having a PaaS provider in place, then find out your development team can't work with the provided programming languages.
Evenif your developers have diverse knowledge in software engineering, be sure to communicate with your development team before making a final provider decision.
Support For Your Application Frameworks and Services
Be sure to ask your provider about whether their service is compatible with the application frameworks you use. Your software library might be extensive, but you may use a particular framework your provider doesn't support. Ruby on Rails is popular and a framework you may use the most.
The same question should get asked about the services your application depends on and whether the provider supports those. Any provider not offering support for common services like this should go off your list.
You want a PaaS provider that lets you scale up or down with your application when you need it to. A sudden influx of business may require you to expand your infrastructure in order to keep up with demand.
While most cloud providers offer scalability options, you should look into more details and ask if they have vertical or horizontal scalability. You may need to add more nodes to your system or add resources to a single node in your system.
The cloud provides considerable security for you when you suddenly face a disaster. However, services like PaaS should offer some form of business continuity to protect all of your applications when something unforeseen happens.
Before signing a contract, ask if they have backup, restore, and disaster recovery options. You want to get your applications up and running immediately if you have to quickly relocate due to a disaster like a hurricane or a cyber attack.
Your Deployment Model
What kind of cloud deployment do you need? Do you want a public, hosted, private, or hybrid system? If your provider doesn't offer a hosted option, it is best to look elsewhere. The best hosting services give you a dedicated team watching out for your security and making sure everything runs optimally. It also alows your cloud hosted applications to be just as dynamic as the ever changing needs your business has today.
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