Written by: Guest | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: February 24th, 2020
Guest Post by Claire Morgan
An increasing number of businesses are embracing the cloud and platform-as-a-service models in an attempt to streamline and speed up their app development process and be more innovative, flexible, and efficient.
Another important factor that has spurred the adoption of PaaS is its ability to reduce costs.
Instead of spending a lot of time and other resources downloading, installing, setting up, and connecting different components necessary to build and get their app up and running in the cloud, companies can simply opt for PaaS and do all that through a web browser.
What is PaaS?
PaaS is a cloud-based service that provides developers with a framework they can use in order to build and customize applications.
In other words, PaaS offers developers tools, middleware, operating systems, APIs, infrastructure, database management, and support. Moreover, PaaS vendors are responsible for the set-up, maintenance of the servers, and all kinds of updates, so that companies can focus only on building innovative, high-quality apps efficiently.
Finally, PaaS comes with application life cycle management features, so that developers can build, test, deploy, manage, and update apps.
No wonder that according to Gartner, the worldwide revenue of PaaS is expected to reach $31.8 billion in 2022.
Top reasons to use the PaaS model
This short introduction already mentioned some of the most important benefits of using PaaS, but apart from its cost-effectiveness and simplicity, there are some other ways the platform approach impacts enterprises.
1. Reduced time-to-market
With PaaS, it’s possible to build, test, and deploy apps much faster than in cases when developers have to build their own platforms and backend infrastructure. This way, they even have access to all the necessary components, as well as some sample code, all of which means that companies can be sure that their apps will reach end-users quickly.
2. No need for excess resources
Creating a new app is intensive in terms of the amount of code that has to be written as well as computational power. This process, therefore, requires a lot of server and storage space. But once the development is complete, all these resources sit unused and require power and maintenance, which is a huge waste of money. But, PaaS eliminates the need for such expensive resources by providing everything necessary to build an app.
3. Ready-to-use code
Given that PaaS offers prebuilt backend infrastructure, sample code, and other ready-to-use features, as well as middleware and development tools, it can be safely concluded that this entire app building process requires minimal development. This, in turn, means lowering the skill level necessary for application deployment and eliminating bottlenecks in the process which result from waiting for the assistance of a skilled person.
4. Maximized uptime
Having an app that runs like clockwork, without any interruptions is something that many businesses try to achieve. But, sudden power outages lead to server downtime, which means that companies fail to live up to their availability promise and expectations. However, top PaaS providers boast technologies that can ensure 99.9 percent availability.
5. Increased security
By storing their important and sensitive data on physical drives, companies risk losing it due to different technical errors and issues. PaaS not only eliminates the need to store data on physical drives but also adds another layer of protection against cyber attacks.
6. Improved scalability
Besides making it easier for companies to develop and deploy their apps, the fact that PaaS offers reusable code also means improved scalability. In a nutshell, businesses can tweak and scale their apps and processes effortlessly.
7. Mistake reduction
During the development and deployment stage, significant pressure is put on a development team to speed up the process and get the work done. Needless to say, this pressure leads to a lot of hasty mistakes. PaaS reduces the number of these careless mistakes because the platform has been tested and is proven to work.
8. Access to best practices
Technology trends rapidly change and it’s hard to keep pace with them. PaaS has the latest best practices built into it and app management features are updated on a regular basis. This means that companies can rely on PaaS vendors to keep track of the latest developments and implement them.
9. High level of responsiveness
Businesses can deploy updates automatically, thus speeding up the change and bringing the latest version to their users in no time. Besides that, PaaS allows for building an app that is compatible with different devices and operating systems. Also, given that PaaS provides infrastructure too, businesses don’t have to worry about how a surge in the number of users or downloads will affect their internal system. With PaaS, it’s possible to rapidly adjust the level of back-end responsiveness and provide a great user experience without crashes and outages.
It’s clear that the PaaS model can bring numerous benefits to enterprises by reducing development costs, speeding up the development process, and helping them build better and more reliable apps.
Claire Morgan is a marketing consultant and lecturer who, thanks to her integrated approach to business, stands behind many digital strategies of renowned brands. She enjoys travelling and passionately blogs about the latest marketing and lifestyle trends.