Managing software deployments and updates from the ground up can be a daunting task—especially when it also entails managing the underlying infrastructure. Fortunately, “Platform as a Service” (or “PaaS”) in cloud computing eliminates the need to worry about hardware and operating systems by outsourcing their management to a third party. In turn, this lets you focus on developing and delivering high-quality applications directly to your end users.
Among the best-known and most-respected Platform as a Service providers is Amazon Web Services (or “AWS”). AWS Platform as a Service offers a suite of options for streamlining the process of shipping applications in a rapid and scalable fashion. Keep reading to learn about specific benefits you can gain from an AWS PaaS integration.
What can AWS PaaS Services manage for you?
Simply put, with PaaS, everything but the application and data layers are managed by the service provider. This includes middleware, operating systems, servers and storage (among others). Here are some examples:
- Middleware: When it comes to handling database access, AWS provides the bridge between your applications and the rest of the PaaS stack.
- Operating systems: AWS absorbs the difficult task of tracking seemingly infinite combinations of system configurations.
- Servers: Rather than maintaining servers on-site in one of your offices, AWS can maintain them for you from a remote location.
- Storage: With nearly unlimited storage capabilities, AWS seamlessly scales your storage up and down in real time and as consumer demand evolves.
When it comes to platform as a service, AWS embodies the best meaning of the phrase “out of sight, out of mind.” You can be confident that the constantly improving, industry-leading technology behind AWS will ensure consistent access and security behind the scenes for all your products.
What can you manage with AWS PaaS Services?
With AWS as your Platform as a Service provider, you can safely focus on your main value add: the products and features you develop for your customers. As a matter of fact, the beauty of PaaS is how it frees up time for your software development team to focus on their products without the distraction of maintenance work. Here is where they can laser-focus their efforts:
- Applications: You know your users better than anyone, and so you know which products will be most useful to them. As your developers concentrate on the front-facing aspects of your product, they can deliver precise, relevant results at an outstanding pace.
- Data: Structuring, gathering and displaying data are your prerogatives. Your applications cannot function without user data, and you know best how to manage it. While AWS Platform as a Service is excellent at connecting your data to servers and storage, it is up to you to define what you want to capture and how it will be used in your products.
Hopefully, this brief overview clarifies how PaaS in cloud computing can simplify the work of your internal teams for the benefit of your end users.
What if you want more control over your software architecture?
In some cases, you may want to externalize fewer layers of your software architecture to a third party. If your solution requires more control over the middleware and operating system components, then AWS Infrastructure as a Service (or “IaaS”) is likely a good option for you.
AWS Infrastructure as a Service is like AWS Platform as a Service, except it only provides management of servers, storage and networking, while you maintain management of your middleware and operating system needs (as well as the application and data layers). This gives you more flexibility, but requires more oversight.
Both PaaS and IaaS options provide immense opportunities for companies that develop their own applications, but both should be weighed carefully. Before implementing either one, we invite you to consult with one of our seasoned experts, who can help you determine the best fit for your specific situation.