Platform as a Service - Desktop standardisation, BI, db etc

PaaS – Platform as a Service

Think of PaaS as your own development super tool. Our main use of PaaS here at Bulldog IT is to ensure every user in your business gets a standard, secure, easily to use desktop or laptop. This give you the business the great advantage of every desktop is secure, anyone can use it, anyone can log on from anywhere, only see what they are allowed to see, and wasted time spent resetting peoples mistakes when they add the wrong printer, can map to a network share etc are all eliminated.

What is PaaS

Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. You purchase the resources you need from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis and access them over a secure Internet connection.

Like IaaS, PaaS includes infrastructure – servers, storage and networking – but also middleware, development tools, business intelligence (BI) services, database management systems and more. PaaS is designed to support the complete web application life cycle: building, testing, deploying, managing, and updating.

PaaS allows you to avoid the expense and complexity of buying and managing software licences, the underlying application infrastructure and middleware or the development tools and other resources. You manage the applications and services that you develop, and the cloud service provider typically manages everything else.

Platform as a Service – IaaS includes servers and storage, networking firewalls and security, and a data centre (physical plant/building). PaaS includes IaaS elements, plus operating systems, development tools, database management and business analytics. SaaS includes PaaS elements, plus well as hosted apps.

Hosted applications/appsDevelopment tools,
database management,
business analytics
Operating systemsServers and storageNetworking firewalls/securityData centre physical facility/building

Common PaaS scenarios

Organisations typically use PaaS for these scenarios:

Development framework.
PaaS provides a framework that developers can build upon to develop or customise cloud-based applications. Similar to the way you create an Excel macro, PaaS lets developers create applications using built-in software components. Cloud features such as scalability, high-availability and multi-tenant capability are included, reducing the amount of coding that developers must do.

Analytics or business intelligence.
Tools provided as a service with PaaS allow organisations to analyse and mine their data, finding insights and patterns and predicting outcomes to improve forecasting, product design decisions, investment returns and other business decisions.

Additional services.
PaaS providers may offer other services that enhance applications, such as workflow, directory, security and scheduling.

Advantages of PaaS

By delivering infrastructure as a service, PaaS offers the same advantages as IaaS. But its additional features (middleware, development tools and other business tools) give you more advantages:

Cut coding time.
PaaS development tools can cut the time it takes to code new apps with pre-coded application components built into the platform, such as workflow, directory services, security features, search and so on.

Add development capabilities without adding staff.
Platform as a Service components can give your development team new capabilities without your needing to add staff with the required skills.

Develop for multiple platforms – including mobile – more easily.
Some service providers give you development options for multiple platforms, such as computers, mobile devices and browsers, making cross-platform apps quicker and easier to develop.

Use sophisticated tools affordably.
A pay-as-you-go model makes it possible for individuals or organisations to use sophisticated development software and business intelligence and analytics tools that they could not afford to purchase outright.

Support geographically distributed development teams.
Because the development environment is accessed over the Internet, development teams can work together on projects, even when team members are in remote locations.

Efficiently manage the application life cycle.
PaaS provides all of the capabilities that you need to support the complete web application life cycle: building, testing, deploying, managing and updating within the same integrated environment.

Let Bulldog IT explain how we can reduce your support expenditure and dramatically increase security by simply standardising your desktop / laptop fleet.