Platform as a service (PaaS) is a cloud computing model where third-party providers provide a software and/or hardware platform to users in the cloud, often to facilitate application development. PaaS providers host the hardware and software internally on their own infrastructure, allowing developers to build and/or run applications without requiring their own expensive in-house software or hardware.
Whether pay-as-you-go or by fixed usage contract, PaaS is making it simpler and more convenient for developers to kick-start, launch, or host business-critical application development projects. This service can lead to faster app development and delivery; helping businesses gain faster time-to-market for solutions and services, fast time to data insights, and overall competitive advantage.
Additional common PaaS provider services include:
Development team collaboration
Web service integration
With infrastructure hidden from users and developers, developers, PaaS is somewhat similar to serverless computing and function-as-a-service (FaaS).
Snowflake for Data Application Development
With Snowflake, developers can leverage near-unlimited scalability and concurrency; streamlined data pipelines; and no SRE/DevOps burden to launch new features faster with simplified data pipelines and improved engineering efficiency. Delivered as a service, Snowflake handles all the infrastructure complexity, so developers can focus on innovating with the data applications they build.