What is PaaS? Benefits of PaaS

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By Bill Minahan   |   March 30, 2020   |   0 Comments

What is PaaS?

And more importantly, what are the benefits of PaaS?

Benefits of PaaS

Platform as a service, or PaaS, is a cloud-computing service that provides a platform for customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure needed to develop and launch an app.

PaaS, along with IaaS and SaaS, is one of the main types of computing services. To learn about all 3 computing services, check out our free guide here.

PaaS is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud. Specifically, PaaS offers hardware and software tools over the internet. PaaS users tend to be developers.

Essentially, you purchase the resources you need from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Most PaaS providers have a subscription delivery model that customers then access over a secure internet connection.

Some examples of popular IaaS applications are AWS beanstalk, Microsoft Azure, and Google App Engine.

Here is a list of the top benefits of PaaS:

Benefits of PaaS:


Unlike traditional methods of building applications, PaaS allows developers to build applications without having to deal with building, configuring, and updating servers. It is up for the PaaS provider to look after the platform which reduces IT costs and maintenance for users.


With PaaS, you can build applications faster than if you had to build, configure, and provision own platforms and backend infrastructure. PaaS delivers instant access to a complete software development environment and tools which can cut the time it takes to code. It offers pre-coded application components.


The pay-as-you-go model allows individuals and organizations to use sophisticated development software and business intelligence and analytics tools that they could not afford to purchase outright. PaaS also offers the option to not have to start from scratch when creating applications, which saves them a lot of time and money. It allows businesses who want to create a new application to do so without breaking the bank or taking on all the responsibility.


Many PaaS providers give you developmental options for multiple platforms such as computers, tablets, mobile devices, and browsers. As a result, cross-platform apps are quicker and easier to build. Furthermore, because PaaS is accessible over the internet it allows developers to work together even if some workers are remote.

While there are many benefits of PaaS, there are also a few disadvantages of PaaS to consider. To read about the full complexity of cloud computing issues and challenges, check out our eBook on cloud computing.

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Additionally, if your organization is looking to incorporate PaaS and needs to know how, when, or if, to do so aNetwork’s IT and security experts offer free consultations.

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