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Platform as a service (PaaS)

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a set of cloud-delivered services that provide an environment for application development, deployment, management and integration in the cloud. By using cloud-based tools and services and standardizing key application development tasks across the application lifecycle, PaaS can help reduce cost and complexity while accelerating time to value.

The distinction between PaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) can be unclear at times. PaaS provides a set of automated and intelligent services and tools that sit on top of the infrastructure services provided by IaaS. Also, PaaS is distinct from software as a service (SaaS). While SaaS is a ready-to-use application as a service, PaaS allows you to create differentiating applications for your unique business. The characteristics of PaaS offer a competitive advantage for your organization by taking advantage of the efficiencies, flexibility and speed inherent in a cloud service.

IBM SmartCloud Application Services—a cloud application platform delivered as a service

Accelerate enterprise application development, deployment, management and integration in the cloud. IBM SmartCloud Application Services allow your organization to develop, deploy, manage and integrate applications in the cloud. Rapid access to application services, such as IBM SmartCloud Application Services, can promote cloud-based economies and speed, while maintaining differentiation through application customization. The cloud application platform services are delivered on the IBM SmartCloud, tuned for enterprise applications.

Five characteristics of the PaaS environment from IBM include:

How can platform as a service help your company?

Read insights gathered from more than 100 interviews with independent software vendor (ISV) executives facing real cloud transition challenges in the whitepaper, Platform as a Service: What ISVs Need for World-Class Cloud Offerings.

Download the paper (PDF, 74KB) .

IBM can get you to PaaS

With a long history of helping companies manage and host enterprise applications, an industry-leading portfolio of key middleware technologies and an enterprise-class cloud service delivery platform, IBM is uniquely positioned to provide platform services. From the requirements of large enterprises to fast growing independent software vendors, IBM offers a PaaS solution that can address your application development and deployment needs in the cloud.

Planning to deploy your own PaaS? Use IBM SmartCloud Foundation

Launch and manage PaaS efficiently in your cloud environment using IBM SmartCloud Foundation. Get started by cloud-enabling your data center (US). Help cut IT costs by ensuring efficient cloud service delivery and management (US). Finally, accelerate deployment and optimize your infrastructure with IBM cloud and virtualization solutions (US).


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