Cloud Computing and Its Role in Business Success

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Cloud computing is currently the buzzword in IT circles. This option allows you to store your data in an offsite location on a ‘cloud’ and access it at any time. Cloud service providers offer three types of service models. These include the Paas, IaaS, and SaaS. These initials denote the platform as a service, infrastructure as a service and software as a service model, respectively. The PaaS refers to a type of cloud-based service which provides a virtual environment supporting the delivery, management, testing, and development of your software applications.

This cloud-based project management option is designed to ensure the security of your mobile and website applications. The PaaS will also offer continuous insight into different metrics generated by the operation of your applications. Cloud service providers will have different approaches to the type of PaaS environment they offer businesses. These approaches are as follows:

PaaS Integrated into Saas Environments

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In some cases, the SaaS might be the primary element offered by a cloud service provider. For the provider to expand the capabilities of the platform, they can choose to create an ecosystem which allows the development of applications on the software. The PaaS platform is what will enable this development into your vendor’s ecosystem. Here, you will benefit from both Saas and PaaS service models from your provider.

PaaS in an Operating Environment

This option includes tying the PaaS into an IaaS environment. This will ease the performance of particular actions within this environment. Most IaaS providers will use this to provide other elements that they might not ordinarily provide with an exclusive IaaS service model. The approach will suffice for your business if you do not need a dedicated PaaS platform for the development of complex applications.

Open Platform PaaS

This is designed to promote an open environment and an app development process which will not be tied down to another cloud-based service model. Moreover, there are no predefined programming languages, servers, operating systems or databases in this alternative. The PaaS vendor, in this case, will allow you to have a dedicated cloud for your applications, which gives your developers flexibility.

Unfortunately, this makes it more costly and complicated to run your platform. Open platform PaaS systems are best suited for hybrid cloud environments. This is because they will allow deployment on both private and public clouds and migration between the clouds is easy.

Application PaaS

This model describes the deployment of your business apps into a graphical interface for their operation. You can, for instance, run a program which your employees use for the company on this platform. More often than not, however, the application PaaS model will only allow the operation of your apps via the cloud and will not support their development nor testing.

Most elements in businesses nowadays rely on different apps. Using the above PaaS platforms offers some distinct advantages for your app’s developers. The primary one is the speed and ease of development since you need not purchase nor maintain various infrastructure types for your company. Moreover, you can scale the performance on a PaaS platform and expand or reduce your required capacity.

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