Why PaaS model is taking application development by storm?

Platform as a service (PaaS)
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Application development methods benefit the organisational operations on a broad scale. Any improvement or enhancement in the way apps are developed or tested can change the face of the entire development process.

Given the recent developments done for consumption of IT infrastructure and related services, Cloud Computing has become accessible. The onslaught of the same has lead Platform as a Service (PaaS) model come to the fore. Developers need building blocks and space to create wonderful applications. Platform as a Service offers that space.

The major boost for adoption of PaaS model among application development enterprises is – it allows organisations exploit cloud along with retaining their unique application solutions. There are several other factors too such as the ability to scale the application and resilient nature of apps hosted on clouds compared to legacy applications.

Scaling of the application on cloud is different from the legacy applications hosted on single server. Because cloud has the liberty of using numerous servers which can enlarge the capacity of the app. Ultimately, during peak traffic this feature comes handy to developers in handling and maintaining the performance of application.

For any developer server failure is disastrous because it will shut the in-house hosted application right in between. But for application hosted on cloud it is a momentary problem because servers on cloud get replaced easily. Saving the app from any kind of permanent damage in the long run and increasing the uptime.  Development and testing go hand in hand with the private cloud. Deploying private and public clouds on PaaS will give rise to a hybrid form of cloud which will offer more opportunities for the future. Considering the increase in the awareness of PaaS benefits the market is changing for the good.

Another benefit of using PaaS is it support the usage of multiple language and frameworks for the application development such as .Net, Java, Node.js, PHP etc. Initially the apps developed using such languages were not so popular but scale-out feature of PaaS model has changed the scenario. Moreover, deployment methods of the application go hand in hand with the cloud and can be enhanced simultaneously with the development of PaaS as a leading medium for application development.

Security is another parameter which displays benefit of PaaS. Given the rise in the security threats it is best to leave the protection to specialists. A PaaS model offers continuous security updates for individual stack components where vulnerabilities in framework component or core language are quickly fixed and a notice is automatically sent to customer following the patch.

Undoubtedly PaaS is evolving and so is its functionality. This has empowered the developers to create new application with minimum coding. Cloud based models help developer with required flexibility to handle tools along with offering access to end-users to experience the development process and performance.

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