While organizations are increasingly embracing Platform as a Service (PaaS), some struggle to decipher the correct PaaS use cases
Enterprises have increasingly embraced Platform as a Service (PaaS) since the 2020 -the year of increased digitization. According to Gartner, 360 vendors were offering over 550 cloud platform services in 21 categories in 2019. More recently, Gartner expects the market to grow at a rate of 26.6 percent and reach $58 billion by 2022.
However, it reveals that the market is fragmented. Many brands struggle to make the right decisions about how and where PaaS should be used. Experts lay out the different scenarios where it may add value.
Lack of Resources to Deploy Application
Building software to run a new application can be complicated and also time-consuming. With the implementation of PaaS, the strategy to set up the foundation of new applications can be discarded. PaaS can deploy the application with improved speed, and companies can adapt, iterate and extend it at a faster pace in time. While the business developers can focus on development, companies can use PaaS providers to deploy and manage new applications.
For Improved Infrastructure Performance
It can take years or even decades to gain infrastructure knowledge and expertise. For instance, only after years of building programming language applications can the company acquire the necessary knowledge about the best performing stack for the particular programming language in their business. In this scenario, the involvement of PaaS providers can bring brands pre-acquired knowledge about top databases, load balancer, web server, and more.
For Standardized Infrastructure
Due to the several available choices, many enterprises create many permutations and combinations to decide on proper infrastructure. While it is a great strategy, it can get very complicated when vendor upgrades call for hundreds of configuration changes. PaaS can create standardized operations that can be managed effectively.
To Reduce Infrastructure Costs
Many companies hold excess infrastructure for increased performance at peak business periods. The otherwise idle and underutilized infrastructure mounts unaccountable expenses. With inbuilt autoscaling, PaaS can reduce costs up to 50 percent and also provide satisfactory application performance.
While there are several reasons for companies to opt for a PaaS, there are times when the need for PaaS is minimal and unnecessary. Certain problems require human decision–making skills, and experts strongly recommend that PaaS not be involved.
Using PaaS for existing legacy applications that were not originally designed for the cloud may require major configurations and customizations that can have severe IT complications. Additionally, not every element of a legacy system is built compatible with the cloud. The intricacies of connecting onsite data or data that is not in the cloud can affect PaaS altogether.
Secondly, a robust PaaS platform is needed to standardize infrastructure and assist configurations. While it reduces the work for developers, the platform becomes inflexible. So, experts advise brands not to use PaaS if they want to customize their environment extensively. Industry giants with large in-house teams must also move away from PaaS and take infrastructure decisions themselves. They would not want to rely on a third party.
Although PaaS is not a one-stop solution for all cloud-based operations, it poses a great advantage for enterprises that need to deploy new applications in the cloud. With the right decision about when and how PaaS are to be used, it can be cost effective, save time, resources, and in-house expertise.