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7 Ways PaaS Delivers Business Value

Platform-as-a-Service has a bit of an identity crisis compared to the more popular SaaS and IaaS, but in the right circumstances it's the superior choice.
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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) rests between Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service in terms of what a cloud provider is responsible for managing. If you're interested in PaaS, it's likely you are already sold on the idea of cloud computing -- yet you are looking to determine which cloud service level will generate the most business value for your dollar.

PaaS is similar to IaaS but takes things a step further. It lets your service provider manage the infrastructure up to the virtualization layer, adding management of all OS, middleware, and runtime functionality. What you're left with is the ability to completely control applications and all data those applications create.

However, PaaS is not without its pitfalls. There is relatively little standardization when it comes to various PaaS offerings. All the configuration and process setups to manage OS and middleware software are completely dependent on the service provider. So, choosing the right PaaS partner is essential and can be a challenge. In addition, the lines are blurring between PaaS and SaaS, since SaaS providers are offering more applications and more customization through the use of APIs.

By reworking many PaaS platforms, service providers are now using container technologies such as Docker to efficiently manage and control customer applications. Additionally, there are niche areas within organizations and IT departments where PaaS offers the right mix of services and control. Software and database development are two examples.

Here, we take a look at seven ways that PaaS can provide the most business value to your organization. While some benefits listed can also be applied to other cloud architectures, there are certain characteristics and benefits within PaaS that make this solution the superior choice -- especially as it relates to specific use-cases. Once you've reviewed these benefits, let us know what you think in the comments section below. Is PaaS may be the right cloud architecture for you? If so, in what circumstances do you envision using it? Have you tried PaaS in your organization? We want to learn from your experiences.

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Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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