A rising number of organizations across different industry verticals use a plethora of hardware and software for data collection, storage and transfer. Cloud computing has made it possible in a cost-efficient manner with the help of various cloud services like SaaS, PaaS or IaaS. More often than not, businesses look to opt for PaaS solutions to enhance their development process and reduce costs.
But what exactly is PaaS? Put simply, PaaS or Platform as a Service enables developers to focus on developing their product rather than dealing with the nitty-gritty of infrastructure management. The primary benefit of PaaS is that it gives you access to all the essential frameworks and tools required for web application development. You don’t have to worry about setting up your own servers and installing the software yourself. It completely removes the need for server virtualization, security risks, and management of maintenance.
In this blog, we will highlight the platform as a service model, the pros and cons of PaaS along with recommendations so you can make an informed decision.
What is Oracle PaaS Model?
Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud based platform for quick and efficient development of business applications. It is available on a subscription based model with backup, privacy and security. PaaS solutions offer end to end support and management during the entire lifecycle of development like:
- Application Development
- Quality Assurance
- Support and Maintenance
PaaS includes the following components:
- Physical Hardware including data centers and storage.
- Intermediate tools – software development tools.
- User Experience to meet customer demands.
Apart from that, PaaS resources can provide end to end solutions including but not limited to report and insights, data management, app development etc.
Which businesses should choose Oracle Cloud PaaS?
What is the process to determine if your business requires Oracle Cloud PaaS and not SaaS or IaaS? Some of the common things are:
- Your business needs customized applications.
- Availability of developers to build, test and run apps.
- No budget for development and management.
More importantly, PaaS is a perfect opportunity for all types of businesses for two primary reasons:
- It significantly reduces the cost.
- It eradicates the risks related to infrastructure.
We have identified what PaaS is and who should choose PaaS. Lets begin with the advantages of Paas deployment.
Platform as a Service – Advantages
As you plan the migration to PaaS, it is first important to understand the advantages of the PaaS model and how it can add value to your business. In the diagram below, you can find a study from Statista conducted on CIOs to understand why they chose to shift to the Cloud. According to major CIOs, improved availability and faster development in a cost-efficient way are some of the best advantages of PaaS. Let’s explore this in detail.
When working on a PaaS system, actual savings are realized as you do not perform low-level work yourself and you do not need to hire additional staff or pay for additional hours. It is not a necessity to:
- Buy hardware and separate tools.
- Spend hours on setting up the core stack.
- Spend time on maintaining the stack.
- Pay for additional expenses during downtime.
Hence, a business can prevent a range of direct, indirect, and hidden costs along with building and managing its platform. You no longer have to spend money on buying software licenses and maintaining servers in your data center. It also has a better cost structure compared to SaaS deployment because you control everything in your environment instead of having it given by the service provider. This gives your business much more flexibility in terms of customizing your application as per your needs. Furthermore, the model sticks to the pay-as-you-use payment approach, which enables maximum savings.
With OCI PaaS, all you need to do is create a new application and upload the source code to the cloud server. The platform will handle all details for you such as deploying, scaling, and load balancing. It also takes care of things like security patches. You no longer have to worry about securing your own system; that’s the platform’s job.
Paas deployment enables rapid development and deployment cycles because you are not spending time setting up infrastructure or maintaining servers (for example, patching servers). Rather, you can focus on developing your application without worrying about security.
Better Time to Market
The improved speed of development and deployment is one of the most common business advantages of PaaS in cloud computing. As developers have access to multiple automated tools and technological innovations, they can speed up app development. So, the app development lifecycle is decreased when compared to the conventional approach, and more new products can enter the market faster. It is one of the main advantages for any organization.
Liberty of Action
The PaaS model is the most beneficial option for creative developers and businesses that require tailored solutions. The primary work is managed by professionals and various tools are available and ready to work, which saves time. In return, developers are able to build their own software and do not depend on providers for this task. Service vendors do not enforce already made solutions, they only develop a safe environment for effective work.
Best PaaS Providers
The Cloud computing universe is an overwhelming industry that is changing continuously with new developments every year. It is noteworthy that a maximum chunk of the revenue from top cloud service providers comes from North America and Europe region. There are a number of smaller cloud infrastructure providers that provide top-class services too. When choosing a PaaS solutions provider, it is best to focus on key differentiators and offer an enriching customer experience.
So with that, we can see the many advantages in Paas deployment – however, it is not a stable form of deployment yet. iPaas integration may be the future of development, but there are still some issues. Before implementing OCI Paas, you should consult your DevOps team and others in the business so they can assure you it’s working fine in your company environment. Then you should do some testing on your own to make sure implementation doesn’t break anything else in your app’s architecture. Are you looking for assistance with iPaaS integration? Get in touch with us today to know more about our services.
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Karan works as the Delivery Head at Conneqtion Group, a Oracle iPaaS and Process Automation company. He has an extensive experience with various Banking and financial services, FMCG, Supply chain management & public sector clients. He has also led/been part of teams in multitude of consulting engagements. He was part of Evosys and Oracle’s consulting team previously and worked for clients in NA, EMEA & APAC region.