Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a cloud-hosted service option in which a data center service provider hosts a customer’s hardware and infrastructure and delivers that infrastructure—and sometimes applications— via the Internet.
Who uses platform-as-a-service?
PaaS is used by organizations that wish to conserve IT budget and minimize effort in situations where IT resources are constrained or where specific areas of IT expertise are lacking. It also allows organizations to deploy complex environments more quickly, as the service provider does the work of configuration, deployment and optimization.
What types of environments are hosted on PaaS?
A typical PaaS deployment is used for Web application development. The host provides developers with access to the development environment as well as staging and production servers, data storage and whatever else is needed for the upcoming development initiatives. Developers log in and do their development work in the host environment without any corresponding operational IT requirement.