• Dev/Test environments
• Special projects requiring temporary environments
• Migration testing
• Mature, stable line of business applications with no security concerns
Someone else owns the infrastructure, and you are paying to consume that infrastructure as an operational service that is higher than ‘bare metal’ but not as refined as a ready-to-consume application. Capital expenditures on hardware are replaced by operational expenditures on that service.
Elasticity: Elasticity is also another a hallmark of most Platform-as-a-Service providers. PaaS providers allow you to burst capacity on-demand, then scale back to normal levels the next day— without having to do anything other than pay for extra usage charges. The elastic nature of PaaS provides both the IT benefit of bi-directional scalability and the economic benefit of paying only for capacity you use.
Management: PaaS offloads a significant amount of traditional work from internal resources to provider resources, allowing IT more time to focus on strategic business needs.
Resilience: PaaS providers today offer a highly advanced variety of redundancy and redundancy with uptime guarantees.
Mobility: There is nothing inherent in Platform-as-a-Service offerings that enables mobile application access. Mobile application access is largely determined by the application service layer, which is not generally part of a PaaS solution.
Control: If you want full and complete control, Platform-as-a-Service probably isn’t the right choice for your workload. The PaaS environment operates within the parameters established by the provider and their tools. You have control but only within a provider’s parameters.
Security: In a PaaS environment, security and regulatory compliance may be a concern, as each provider delivers varying levels of control and auditability.
Flexibility: PaaS offers flexibility, but only in the range of motion established by the provider.