Companies like Amazon and Microsoft offer in their catalog different options of platforms that can be accessed from the cloud. It is with its use that developers have tools and infrastructure at hand to manage the most diverse applications. Check out what is PaaS, its uses, advantages and disadvantages.
Also known as “Platform-as-a-Service”, this is a cloud computing service offered by a provider. It hosts an entire infrastructure and environment for developing, running, and managing a variety of applications.
By making a paid subscription, developers receive permission and access to enjoy the platform that includes services such as storage, servers, networking, development tools, etc. In this way, the content is hosted in the provider’s data centers, ensuring full use by its customers.
Its objective is to facilitate access, reduce costs and ensure the safety of the items being worked on. Thus, the subscriber can create, run, test, deploy and update the applications without necessarily having to buy each development tool. It’s practically as if it were a way of renting a virtual space with the important resources for work.
Unlike SaaS — or software as a service, in Portuguese — PaaS does not provide just a program, but an entire environment available for development.
O Microsoft Azurefor example, provides the following features in its service:
- Development tools, database management, business analysis;
- Operational systems;
- Servers and Storage;
- Network security/firewalls;
- Construction/physical plan of the datacenter.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using PaaS
There are several companies that offer this type of service to their customers. IBM has the IBM Clouda Amazon a AWSGoogle brings the Google Cloud. Each with their prices and features. From there, it is worth reflecting on the pros and cons of using the platform as a service.
As it is an environment designed exclusively for the development of company applications, greater ease in managing a large volume of data is guaranteed. This facilitates organization and speed in handling the most important project information.
All content developed is taken care of by the service provider. That is, security is not in the hands of the company that owns the data and created the application. It may seem like little, but leaving every detail of the project in the hands of others is something that can be uncomfortable.
Ask any developer: buying software or the like is not cheap. With that in mind, PaaS expenses can be lower, as it offers different features and tools for the user. Thus, there is no need to purchase each program, being able to focus only on what they really need, previously established when defining the subscription.
While using this service is convenient as it does not require the company to buy software and the like, this can get in the way at times. By using third-party infrastructure (such as AWS or Azure previously mentioned), the company depends on their proper functioning. Let’s say that on a bad day, the entire structure of Google collapses. This means that your work will be delayed until everything is fixed.
Advantage: Remote work
Using the platform as a service, the entire team of developers can work from anywhere that has secure internet access. This facility allows people from distant locations to contribute to the project, without having to worry about commuting to use an environment in a restricted location.
Now that you understand more about the subject, you can be in “paas” (sorry, I won’t make any more jokes). However, if you still have any doubts, be sure to participate in the technoblog!