What is PaaS?

No doubt you've heard plenty about "as a service" services that many cloud computing platforms offer. The cloud, though, is perhaps still a mystery to you, especially all those services it offers with "aas" in their titled acronyms. It isn't necessary to make the cloud something perplexing because it's become a true gift to the business world. Through one interface, you can store all of your business contents, data, and applications without having to invest in physical equipment around your office, or in your server room.

What is PaaS?

Part of this involves one essential element to the cloud: PaaS. But what is PaaS? While it might sound overly technical, it stands for Platform as a Service.

If you've grown tired of having to manage physical platforms in your office to handle various business applications, PaaS changes how you structure your company. This service gives you applications over the Internet for a more convenient way to manage the tools you use to run your business.

Rather than needing to invest in physical hardware and software, PaaS gives it to you through easy online accessibility.

Let's take a more detailed look at PaaS and how it differs from other "as a service" tools.

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What Differentiates PaaS from Other "As a Service" Platforms?

PaaS differs in that you're containing all of your hardware and software in the cloud. All cloud services provide three basic "as a service" systems: PaaS, SaaS, and IaaS.

For SaaS (Software as a Service), you get all of your software platforms available online for easy maintenance and upgrades. IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is where all of your business systems go to the cloud. It can contain your hardware and software, though handles comprehensive systems like your network resources, or any other service you use to keep your business running.

If you already manage most of your infrastructure on-site, then PaaS is a more affordable cloud investment to save you time and money. Considering investing in hardware and software is already a costly process, having an IT platform for applications instantly available online brings a new level of productivity to your employees.

First, though, you need to see how it works to prove how easy it is to use. 

How You Access PaaS Services

Cloud providers of PaaS let you access this service through a simple web browser. Providers sometimes charge you based on a per-use basis, though not always. Many cloud services just charge a flat rate per month, which can give you an easier handle on your budget.

A true blessing of the cloud is being able to access your applications on a mobile device 24/7. When you have to travel for business on a regular basis, you won't have to worry about waiting until you arrive back in your office to do work.

Now you can do all of your tasks on a mobile device at any time, including so much more when using more extensive cloud services.

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Removing IT Team Burdens, and Eliminating Maintenance

How many years have you had to place stress on your IT team to manage hardware, software, databases, and web servers to keep your business running optimally? Using a PaaS platform removes many pressures off your IT team on a daily basis.

As another advantage, any software developers you have in your company can find better ways to collaborate through PaaS systems. The flexibility in being able to easily release new updates or handle quick fixes at any time makes software development so much easier.

Above all, though, is removing maintenance costs for your hardware and software. Even if you have an IT team, a sudden technical emergency may require hiring a break-fix technician, which could become very costly via hourly rates. Through the cloud provider, maintenance is all done for you online.

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