No matter the chosen cloud model, PaaS carries unique app development benefits.
The cloud is a multi-faceted technology area, and it has become the dominant force in today’s IT environment by providing many types of experiences. The concept of cloud is so broad that there is something there for everyone. Businesses that have been searching for years for a way to scale-out effectively can wholeheartedly embrace the public cloud, while users who need more control over their shared resources can stick with the private cloud.
Thinking of the cloud in terms of its many different models is highly relevant to app development professionals. If these employees have not yet made the switch to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) tools, they can match up their requirements with the specific improvements that each type of cloud deployment could make to their processes.
Becoming a PaaS user with resources in the public cloud can grant immediate access to a variety of new advantages. For instance, the ability to scale up resources on demand can help companies cope with spikes in demand for their services or simply increase the scale of their teams over time. If they are successful, this growth will occur. Being ready for it is helpful. In a similar vein, deploying cloud infrastructure demands none of the heavy capital expenditures that characterize hardware purchases.
Sticking to the private cloud is an option that may appeal to businesses with a strong need for absolute control over their infrastructure. This can take the form of internal pressure asserted by management or regulations based on region or industry. In any case, it is possible to become a PaaS user without sharing resources, a fact that may prove reassuring to CIOs who want a more hands-on IT management approach.
There’s no need to constrain solutions to public or private resources, exclusively. Leading solutions can be spread out, with some features residing in each type of infrastructure. This may prove especially valuable for independent software vendors that want to offer their clients a variety of hosting options for purchased applications.
There is one further step that businesses can take if they do not believe a cloud solution would be appropriate. It is possible to deploy leading PaaS options within on-premise environments, replicating the strong collaboration features and development tools without committing to cloud hosting. No matter the circumstances, IT departments can find a way to gain the PaaS functionality they need. This will help ensure that their next generations of business applications are full-featured and roll out according to schedule.
An experienced content and social media marketing professional, Michelle writes frequently about the practical applications of information technology.
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