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Understanding PaaS by Michael P. McGrath

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Chapter 2. Why PaaS?

Now that PaaS has been better defined and is no longer some weird cloud concept, this chapter explains how PaaS impacts different types of IT professionals. The below hypothetical example involves a fictitious, medium sized company called Widget Land, Inc. Times are tough for Widget Land partially because widget sales have been down and everyone is looking to cut costs. They’re about to transform the way they do things using cloud computing and PaaS. This story starts with the most common PaaS user, a developer.

Developers

PaaS provides a care free environment for developers to work. It lets them focus on code and not have to worry about configuration and maintenance of the underlying platform. By utilizing PaaS, developers simply pick the languages and features they want, match those requirements with a provider that has them, and start coding.

Max is a developer at Widget Land. The company relies heavily on technology and has a reasonably mature IT environment. Max has an idea for a project that might completely transform Widget Land’s ordering system. Max tells his boss but times are tight and they can’t afford to order any new systems for this project. Max, undeterred by cost, knows this system is so efficient that Widget Land can’t afford NOT to do it. Without resources, he is not sure how he can put his idea into a demo to prove to people it works. Max turns to cloud computing for the answer to his problems.

Max knows several PaaS providers have free-to-use ...

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