For the third consecutive year, Gartner recognises Salesforce as a leader in the 2016 application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) Magic Quadrant.
PaaS: Platform as a Service
The cloud has dramatically changed how business applications are built and run. Delivering a new application is now as fast as opening your Internet browser. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a proven model for running applications without the hassle of maintaining on-premises hardware and software infrastructure at your company. Enterprises of all sizes have adopted PaaS solutions like Salesforce for simplicity, scalability, and reliability. PaaS applications also have the latest features without the pain of constant upgrades.
PaaS provides a huge benefit for companies adopting a microservices architecture, since PaaS allows for each microservice to be deployed and managed faster. PaaS is especially helpful when microservices are built using several different language and frameworks.
Salesforce App Cloud brings the trust and speed that are at the core of all our products to building and deploying apps in the cloud. Our built-in features and functionality take care of back-end concerns such as security, infrastructure, and data integration so that you can focus on building your apps faster.
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Why PaaS is being adopted: The traditional application model is broken.
Building and running on-premises applications is complex, expensive, and slow. Traditionally, each on-premises applications require hardware, an operating system, a database, middleware, servers, and other software. Once the stack is assembled, developers need to navigate frameworks like J2EE and .NET. A team of network, database, and system management experts is often needed to keep everything up and running. Inevitably, a new business requirement requires a change to the application, which in turn kicks off another lengthy development, test, and redeployment cycle.
Additionally, large companies often need specialised facilities to house their data centers and a team to maintain them. Enormous amounts of electricity also are needed to power the servers as well as the systems to keep them cool. Finally, a failover site is needed to mirror the data center so information can be replicated in case of a disaster.
Applications built with this complexity and infrastructure are difficult to scale for usage spike demands, and difficult to update as the business needs change.
The new model: Cloud apps.
Just as Amazon.com, eBay, Google, iTunes, and YouTube created new markets through a Web browser, PaaS offers a faster, more cost-effective model for application development and delivery.
PaaS provides all the infrastructure needed to develop and run applications over the Internet. Users can access custom apps built in the cloud, just like their SaaS apps, while IT departments and ISVs can focus on innovation instead of complex infrastructure. By leveraging PaaS, organisations can redirect a significant portion of their budgets from “keeping the lights on” to creating applications that provide real business value.
PaaS is driving a new era of mass innovation and business agility. Now, developers can focus on building apps instead of managing complex hardware and software infrastructure.
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