What Is a Cloud PaaS?

A cloud PaaS (platform as a service) is a category within cloud computing that offers application infrastructure capabilities as cloud services. By abstracting away from infrastructure and technical details, a cloud PaaS can significantly increase the speed and ease with which you design and deliver custom applications.

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Not All Cloud PaaS Providers Are Equal

Abstraction services can take many forms across cloud PaaS providers, from cloud platforms that speed provisioning or deployment to modeling services that remove the technical burden of coding.

While all platform as a service providers reduce the cost and complexity of managing infrastructure, not all offer the same range of abstraction and automation capabilities. Varying functionality ties into the three types of platform users (or developers) and their different technical backgrounds and platform expectations. The list below showcases the three core types of developers and explains their cloud PaaS preferences.

  • Rapid developers prefer visual modeling rather than coding applications. They value their own productivity over infrastructure or code control and expect a platform that speeds the entire application lifecycle.
  • DevOps professionals prefer to control server and database configurations and may even want access to network and storage configurations. They value control over productivity savings.
  • Traditional coders prefer to program but do not want to waste time managing the underlying infrastructure. They value productivity in terms of provisioning and deploying apps, but want to control their code.

For organizations who wish to expedite their digital transformation, evaluate cloud platform as a service providers that target rapid developers. These application platforms offer the highest level of abstraction within the category and empower the greatest number of individuals to participate and progress your digital application strategy.

Learn more about Mendix’s cloud PaaS for rapid developers.

Expedite Your Digital Transformation with Mendix’s Model-Driven Cloud PaaS

Mendix allows users to model an application in a human-readable form, reducing the complexity of, and the turnaround time for, custom development. Rapid developers from across the organization can leverage Mendix’s model-driven development capabilities, increasing the number of resources associated with your digital transformation efforts.

A model driven cloud PaaS is also referred to as a high-productivity platform as a service, given the unprecedented speed at which users build and deploy new applications. This speed is derived from the use of models and other pre-built components that business and technical teams use to visually construct applications.

Learn more about Mendix’s model-driven development platform and find out how you can deliver custom business applications 6 times faster than with traditional programming methods.

Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise aPaaS
Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise aPaaS
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Cloud Computing: The Ultimate Guide to aPaaS
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