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Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a delivery of a computing platform over the web. PaaS enables you to create web applications quickly, without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying software/hardware.

PaaS provides all the facilities required to support the complete life cycle of building and delivering web applications entirely on the web.

As Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is available as a service, the developer and ISV's get full control of the application development and deployment. PaaS enables developers and ISV's to create custom web applications and deliver it quickly, as many of the hassles like setting up hosting, servers, databases, user interaction process and frameworks are prepackaged.

PaaS a concept is known as Platform as a Service and also as Cloud Computing Platform. PaaS applications are referred as On-Demand, Web-based or as Software as a Service (SaaS) Applications.
"By 2012, more than 66% of independent software vendors (ISVs) will offer some of their applications optionally or exclusively as SaaS."

Benefits of PaaS (Platform as a Service)

PaaS Benefits for Business Users

Platform as a Service (PaaS) help business users to minimize operational costs and increase their productivity.

  • Time to Market
  • Requires no up-front investments
  • Minimize operational costs
  • Centralized information management
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Access to information anywhere, anytime
  • Easy collaboration
  • Secured and customized access

PaaS Benefits for Developers and ISVs

Platform as a Service (PaaS) enables developers to focus only on innovation that provide real business value instead of infrastructure set-up.

  • Zero Infrastructure
  • Lower Risk
  • Lower cost and improved profitability
  • Easy and quick development
  • Monetize quickly
  • Reusable code and business logics
  • Integration with other web services