What Is PaaS?
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a hosted cloud service that provides companies with the tools to develop and manage their own custom applications, in addition to all capabilities provided by Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). As with IaaS services, PaaS provides businesses with on-demand, internet-mediated access to remotely located servers, data storage, and networking. In addition, with the PaaS service model, the cloud hosting provider also manages middleware, development tools, databases, and operating system software.
What Are the Benefits of PaaS?
With PaaS, businesses can obtain the full functionality of an on-premises development platform without the substantial investments in time, effort, and capital required to install and maintain onsite hardware and software. Specific benefits of PaaS include:
Reduced Coding Time
Development tools included in PaaS services can reduce coding time by offering pre-coded application components for elements such as search, directory, and workflow. For this reason, PaaS can speed time to market considerably.
Application Lifecycle Management
PaaS provides companies with the tools to efficiently manage the full application lifecycle, including development, testing, deployment, and updating. Application development tools offered through PaaS services can make it easier to develop applications to suit multiple platforms, such as mobile and web.
Compared with on-premises infrastructure, PaaS offers a higher level of availability because of the cloud provider’s use of redundant servers. This practice ensures that your company’s critical business systems are reliably available to customers and employees.
Cost Effectiveness & Predictability
The subscription-based nature of PaaS offers multiple cost benefits. Development and analytics software can be cost-prohibitive, especially for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). But because PaaS can be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis, businesses can gain affordable access to these sophisticated tools. In addition, because you only pay for computing resources your business needs, PaaS is more cost effective than building entire on-premises server rooms. Finally, PaaS may be purchased on a fixed cost basis, creating predictability and eliminating the need for large capital expenditures for on-premises hardware and software.
With PaaS services, businesses find it quick and easy to scale their usage when required. This is because PaaS services are delivered from data centers with extremely large capacities. As an example, e-commerce businesses often have spikes in demand that suddenly require dramatically increased computing power. Although businesses may invest in on-premises hardware with capacities that can accommodate surges in demand, much of that computing power sits idle during periods of normal demand. Thus, the scalability of PaaS is not only convenient; it is also a more cost-effective means of responding to quick growth or spikes in demand than on-premises deployments.
The proximal location of cloud data centers to end users like employees or customers results in lower latency (i.e., greater speed). Because PaaS services are delivered from cloud data centers located in a variety of regions, companies often experience lower latency using PaaS compared with on-premises infrastructure.
Another advantage of PaaS is that it helps you to avoid technology obsolescence. Because cloud hosting providers are always upgrading their technologies to remain competitive, PaaS services provide your business with access to more advanced technology than most SMBs can afford to maintain themselves. This, in turn, helps your business to maintain competitiveness.
Reduced IT Workload
With PaaS, your company manages only your applications and data, while the cloud hosting provider manages all of the foundational hardware and software. This reduces the workload for your in-house IT department, freeing up IT professionals’ time for strategic activities that create additional value for your business.
NexusTek Cloud & Public Cloud PaaS Solutions
With NexusTek as your cloud services partner, you have access to both private and public cloud resources that are combined to suit your company’s needs, not the other way around. Whether your business is simply expanding cloud capacity or building an IT infrastructure from the ground up, NexusTek has the PaaS solutions you need:
With PaaS delivered from the NexusTek Cloud, your business has access to all IaaS elements plus the middleware, runtime, and operating system software needed to create a complete, cloud-based platform. Our cloud-hosted PaaS services are delivered from a single-tenant or multi-tenant, SOC 2 Type II certified environment. In addition to best-in-class technology that matches or exceeds that of top public cloud providers, NexusTek Cloud offers personalized service and support. Our certified engineers get to know your business, applications, and users, and we work together with you to develop a PaaS plan that aligns with your business strategy and goals.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner in the top 1% of U.S. managed partners and a 2021 Microsoft U.S. Partner Award winner in the category of Modern Workplace for SMB, NexusTek specializes in delivering the latest Microsoft Office and cloud services. With NexusTek as your partner for PaaS services, you can access computing and application development resources from the standard-setting Microsoft Azure cloud.
Integrate PaaS Into a Comprehensive IT Solution
NexusTek offers a diverse set of IT solutions that integrate naturally with PaaS to create a holistic computing environment for your business:
Managed IT Services
NexusTek Virtual Desktop
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
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Why NexusTek for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)?
With NexusTek as your partner for PaaS, you gain access to a wealth of IT resources. The NexusTek Cloud provides your business access to the pinnacle of technological capabilities, a single-tenant or multi-tenant SOC 2 Type II certified environment, topped off by NexusTek’s personalized service and support. On the other hand, if a public cloud option better suits your company’s needs, your company can access PaaS through industry leading Microsoft Azure. In addition, NexusTek offers a full range of IT services that integrate seamlessly with PaaS to create a holistic IT solution for your business.
Can PaaS be integrated with other NexusTek managed services?
NexusTek cloud solutions like PaaS integrate nicely with managed support services for businesses that are looking for more comprehensive IT services and support. With features such as proactive monitoring of critical infrastructure, alerting, and maintenance, NexusTek’s managed IT services are the perfect complement to cloud solutions like PaaS. To prevent data loss and ensure that your business is equipped to maintain functionality of critical systems during crisis or disaster, NexusTek’s business continuity and disaster recovery planning are ideal additions to PaaS services. The NexusTek Virtual Desktop may also be integrated with your PaaS services, giving your employees access to a complete Windows desktop on any device from any location with an internet connection.
Do PaaS services include cyber security?
NexusTek private and public cloud solutions are delivered from secure environments, but additional cyber security solutions can be integrated with PaaS services to make sure all your bases are covered. Cyber security solutions such as endpoint protection and vulnerability scanning extend security to the very edges of your network, and managed cloud email security keeps close watch over your employees’ inbound and outbound messages.