What is Platform as a Service and what are the advantages?

Previder has developed a new platform for software developers in which applications can be hosted fast and easily. In this series of blogs I will navigate you in the world of Platform-as-a-Service: 

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  1. Platform as a Service explained 
  2. What are the advantages of PaaS? 
  3. PaaS+ of previder compared to other Platform as a Service providers 

Platform as a Service Explained 

The situation before PaaS 

In the past software developers made hosting environments themselves to host specific applications. This required knowledge of servers and software in order to keep everything safe on-premise. This often implied complex softwarestacks, frequent updates, hardware maintenance and a lot of money needed to be invested in the on-site environment. All in all an expansive solution. 

The Technology of today is the history of tomorrow 

Development resources of applications evolve with the speed of light. Because of this speedy process it often occurs that the technology that you are using is out-dated. Developers are continuously looking for solutions in order to make the development process supple. This is because building applications needs to get cheaper, faster and easier. Not long ago, IaaS was used by developers as a basis to build a hosting platform, but this was not an efficient process. 

What will change due to PaaS 

With Platform as a service, the aspects described above are history. PaaS is a complete set of services with which developers can host and build applications. Because it is a cloud-based solution, developers do not need to worry about the installation and maintenance of servers, patches, upgrades and networks. In this way, full focus can lay on creating applications. 

What are the advantages of PaaS?

No worries about the details 

PaaS+ helps developers built applications without worrying about infrastructure and operating systems. Development tools and hosting platforms are easily accessible via the cloud. Because of this, there is no need to focus on network-matters, operating-systems and server-architecture. 

Faster developing and hosting 

Applications can be developed and hosted faster, without the start-up costs and without the risk of delay and inefficiency because of infrastructure problems. This enables developers to fully focus on what they do best and this results in better efficiency and higher quality. 

The technology is mature

The ability to automate processes and use pre-defined components and building blocks makes PaaS+ attractive for software developers who need consistency and reliability. 

Flexibility first 

Companies need to get in the game in order to compete. Using platform services results in innovation, scalability and accessibility for every company-size. Moreover, Previder Paas+ uses autoscaling. This implies that you pay for what you use, without compromising performance. 

Fully focussed on Growth 

The advantages of cost-saving, speed of development and security are not achievable with individual systems or the IaaS-environment. If your company focusses on growth, Paas+ is not just an option worth considering, but an essential resource to your company future needs. 

PaaS+ of Previder compared to other Platform as a Service providers 

In contradiction to Platform-as-a-Service, our new solution, called Previder PaaS+, delivers an extended amount of additional development tools. The tools are immediately available via one click in the dashboard of PaaS+. These tools, such as workflow- and design-programs, CI/CD tooling and API’s are intended to support the developer during the design process. PaaS+ helps developers in building applications without worrying about infrastructure and operating systems. Applications can be developed and hosted faster, without the start-up costs and without the risk of delay and inefficiency because of infrastructure problems. This enables developers to fully focus on what they do best and this results in better efficiency and higher quality. Furthermore, the used software of Jelastic is the only available option which facilitates horizontal and vertical scaling this means that resources can be added by every institution whenever the application asks. Adding these resources in so called ‘cloudlets’, these are “chunks” of 400 Mhz processing power and 128MB RAM memory. Jelastic also supports a big amount of application stacks.

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