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Sep 26, 2014

What is PaaS?

I understand that it stands for Platform as a Service, but what does that really mean? How does it differ from other cloud offerings?

10/02/2014
Platform as a service
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_as_a_service

"Platform as a service (PaaS) is a category of cloud computing services that provides a computing platform and a solution stack as a service.[1] Along with software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), it is a service model of cloud computing. In this model, the consumer creates an application or service using tools and/or libraries from the provider. The consumer also controls software deployment and configuration settings. The provider provides the networks, servers, storage, and other services that are required to host the consumer's application.[2]"
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09/27/2014

According to RackSpace: 

 

Platform as a Service (PaaS) brings the benefits that SaaS bought for applications, but over to the software development world. PaaS can be defined as a computing platform that allows the creation of web applications quickly and easily and without the complexity of buying and maintaining the software and infrastructure underneath it.

PaaS is analogous to SaaS except that, rather than being software delivered over the web, it is a platform for the creation of software, delivered over the web.

 

You can read more at this website, if you like. The PaaS section is about a third of the way down the page: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/whitepaper/understanding-the-cloud-computing-stack-saas-paas-iaas 

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