Companies of all sizes are seeing the benefits of using cloud services. Today, cloud services are ubiquitous; virtually every company uses many. This is secondary to the more serious issue of what kind of cloud service a company should utilize—platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).
What is PaaS?
Platform as a service (PaaS) provides a full cloud-based development and deployment environment, replete with the tools necessary to create and distribute any type of cloud-based application, from the most basic to the most complex. A cloud service provider sells you the required resources on a pay-as-you-go basis, and you gain access to them via an encrypted Internet connection.
By using a PaaS, you won’t have to worry about the time and effort required to acquire and maintain software licenses, the underlying application architecture and middleware, container orchestrators like Kubernetes, or the development tools and other resources. The cloud service provider typically handles the backend while you focus on developing and managing your applications and services.
Why do organizations need PaaS
Typically, businesses will utilize PaaS in the following situations:
- Structure for growth: To create or modify cloud-based applications, developers can use the PaaS framework as a starting point. Create an application with pre-existing software components, much like an Excel macro, with PaaS. As a result, developers may spend less time writing code and more time making use of cloud advantages like scalability, high availability, and multi-tenant capability.
- Either analytics or business intelligence: For better forecasting, product design decisions, investment returns, and other business decisions, companies can use the tools made available through PaaS to analyze and mine their data.
- Extra aid: Additional services, such as workflow, directory, security, and scheduling, may be provided by a PaaS provider to improve the use of the applications they host.
How is PaaS beneficial for DevOps?
To put it simply, Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud-based environment that offers both development tools and infrastructure for hosting applications. DevOps teams have everything they need to create, distribute, and host software thanks to a PaaS.
For example, Azure App Service is only available on the Azure public cloud. Others, like Red Hat OpenShift, are compatible with both public and privately managed clouds.
The primary benefit of incorporating a PaaS into your DevOps strategy is the time and energy it can save. Utilizing a PaaS eliminates the need for manual configuration of infrastructure and provisioning of development tools. Because of the PaaS, everything is set up and ready to go. The majority of the legwork has already been completed by the PaaS provider, so all you have to do is make minor configuration changes to make the environment work for your needs.
What is SaaS?
SaaS, short for “software as a service,” refers to a model for providing access to software programs through the Internet. Instead of dealing with the hassle of downloading and updating software, you may get what you need by simply accessing it online.
Online apps are sometimes known as on-demand or hosted programs. Regardless of the label, a SaaS provider hosts the actual applications. The provider oversees all aspects of user access to the application, including safety, availability, and optimal performance.
Why is Saas considered beneficial?
Reduced initial capital and operating expenses
You only ever pay for what you use, and there are no up-front costs or long-term depreciation costs associated with capital expenditures.
Obtainable from any location
Your desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile, or any other networked device, as long as it can connect to the internet, will allow you to work from anywhere you need to.
You can modify the necessary features, data storage capacity, and user base as your company expands.
Uptime and performance SLAs that are the best in the business
As a result, you can rest easy knowing the software will be accessible whenever you need it, a guarantee that can be challenging for in-house staff to make.
Modifications are made often and automatically.
Providers are able to implement rapid enhancements due to their size and the input they receive from their clients. Your company’s IT staff will now be free to focus on other, more important projects.
Maximum protection for any clientele’s needs
Because the service is shared, everyone who uses it benefits from the utmost level of security that can be implemented.
You have already used a type of SaaS if you have ever used a web-based email service like Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft Outlook, or even Gmail. When using one of these services, you access your account online via a web browser. The email client and all of your communications are hosted on the service provider’s servers. Email and archived messages can be accessed from any computer or device with an internet browser.