Developers have discovered that PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) is a powerful tool that allows them to streamline application development, and they often turn to public PaaS or sometimes rogue cloud solutions to harness the power of PaaS.
IT departments — tasked with maintaining control of company assets, security, and data — tend to be more mistrustful of public PaaS and certainly will lock down any attempts to use rogue solutions. A private PaaS, on the other hand, offers a middle ground that can give developers the power and tools they need while allowing IT to maintain control and protect company assets.
Specifically, there are six areas where IT might discover benefits of deploying a private PaaS solution:
• Efficiency. Developers and IT each plays a critical role in getting applications to market, and they must work as a team to achieve that goal. Sometimes that teamwork can become bogged down in tickets and requests for changes. A private PaaS can automate the creation of the application environment, can configure files, and integrate code—all of which allows developers to create and fine-tune their own environments without having to involve IT.
• Dialog. IT and developers can communicate online about application-related issues, including scaling, resource requests, and application restarts. While PaaS creates efficiencies and reduces some interaction by giving developers independence in environment creation, the remaining interactions between IT and developers are more productive because details about programming languages, runtimes, and frameworks are streamlined.
• Reliability. A private PaaS can provide in-depth visual presentation of information about the application and what is happening with it, allowing for easy monitoring; more importantly, IT has the ability to react quickly to problems.
• Security. The infrastructure layer of a Private PaaS is closely protected, but security extends beyond the infrastructure level. Businesses will want to analyze how the PaaS handles security with hosted applications, which could create an additional layer of security around individual applications.
• Neutrality. Users of a private PaaS shouldn’t be locked in to one vendor’s offerings. They should choose a PaaS that will work with any vendor stack, cloud, IaaS, or hypervisor. The PaaS should be flexible enough to work with public clouds, other private clouds, or a hybrid solution.
• Control. One benefit of a PaaS is that it exists on company premises, giving IT the control it needs to ensure all levels of security. Administration rights are controlled by IT for applications hosted in the cloud.
A private PaaS solution provides a mutually beneficial middle ground for developers and IT that facilitates the company’s ultimate goal of speeding the application development and deployment process.