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What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

Published on November 30, 2020 · Updated on December 8, 2020
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What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a category of cloud computing in which developers can provision deployment platforms to build applications. The underlying infrastructure of each platform is abstracted, meaning that users can expect pre-configured runtime environments and predictable scaling, storage, and security options. Users also have access to languages, libraries, tools, and services for application development, as well as a certain degree of control over configuration settings. However, they do not have the ability to modify the underlying operating system or network settings

PaaS can be a good choice for developers who don’t have the need to customize their underlying infrastructure or who want to focus their attention on development rather than DevOps and system administration.

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