Today, most business houses facing challenges related to cloud infrastructure are turning to PaaS (Platform as a Service). Organisations consider PaaS to be a reliable tool for resolving their issues because of the speed at which it allows developers to create, test and deploy apps. The cloud and PaaS providers in the market also address another fundamental problem developers face – the need for in – house software and hardware for extending the use of existing apps or deploying their own apps utilizing common APIs.
Although some companies have tried experimenting with Software as a Service (SaaS) too, there has been a steady increase in the number of organisations resorting to PaaS. A recent study reports that cloud computing around the world will produce $20 billion by 2016, with Platform as a Service being at the forefront. Even now, it accounts for one-fourth of the aggregate cloud market revenue. Today, an increasing number of both small and large businesses look for public cloud options because:
As hybrid configurations of conventional servers, public cloud services and private cloud emerge as the new infrastructural norm, and businesses strive to learn how best to apply cloud technology, PaaS providers continue to create industry – specific offerings to cater to the needs each individual industry. A study conducted by IDC (International Data Corporation) forecasts that industry-specific Platform as a Service will witness a tenfold growth by 2016. It also suggests that horizontal PaaS will start commoditising. Some of these forecasts have come true, especially in regulated industries. PaaS solutions for such industries come with built – in compliance regulations, thus ensuring that developers can focus more on solving business issues, while PaaS providers keep the regulatory controls updated.
Although PaaS, as a solution, is still evolving, it does show significant potential in solving critical business problems.
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