Questions to Ask When Considering a PaaS Vendor

The adoption of open-source PaaS is becoming more widespread. If you deal with business IT, you’re seeing it all around you. Companies are consistently moving their development efforts to the cloud, determining that PaaS is the most effective option to meet their needs.

As an organization that wants to remain competitive with quickly deploying your service offerings to the market, you have likely considered PaaS as a hosting platform. But when it comes to embracing the world of PaaS for your organization, it can be hard to determine where to begin and what options to go with.

Based on what you know about PaaS development, productivity alone seems like a good enough reason to go that route. At Contegix, we believe in utilizing the power of PaaS, but also encourage organizations to learn about what the cloud model can offer before jumping into it. By asking the right questions, you’ll be better informed and able to choose the best option for your company.

What are the Benefits of PaaS?

  • Boost uptime. PaaS maintains optimal connectivity and gives you innovative data recovery and continuity of operations alternatives. Some vendors use PaaS to keep offerings’ availability high enough for them to promise 99.9999% availability SLAs.
  • Concentrate resources. PaaS allows you to automate configuration, deployment, and management tasks that typically consume the time and energy of your resources.
  • Cost effective. With automation and speed offered by PaaS, you’ll find it to be more economical than SaaS or IaaS solutions. Reducing time staff will spend maintaining infrastructure eliminates hardware and maintenance costs.
  • Extra security. Malicious cyber-attacks are high in volume and diversity. By utilizing shared resources, PaaS services entail continuous security updates for individual stack components that combat a wide array of different security threats.
  • Scalability. As your business grows, your virtualization capabilities must grow with it. With PaaS, scalability is instant and flexible, allowing visualization to meet your needs.
  • Speed. To competitively meet market demands, you need to quickly transform your ideas into agile applications. PaaS streamlines steps within your development process, enabling you to deploy applications quickly.

The benefits of PaaS are substantial, and can prove to have a very significant and positive effect on your enterprise. Now that you’re aware of what they are, you should find out how PaaS can best fit the needs of your company and make you more competitive within your industry. Don’t let the details PaaS you by …

What optimization benefits does your PaaS offer?

Find out how “far up the stack” the vendor goes. Depending on your requirements, you may require a little or a lot from the PaaS provider. Contegix, for example, goes farther up the stack – meaning, we manage everything but your code (that is best left to your development team). All-inclusive optimization capabilities can ensure your site runs as fast as possible, reducing page load times, and balancing traffic loads. All of this leads to content customers and returning site visitors.

What kind of platform support do you offer?

The vendor in question should undoubtedly offer on-demand support. If not, look elsewhere.

PaaS entails more ease-of-use for your team; your vendor should become an extension of your team and allow your employees to focus and not have to work outside of their scope to maintain your site. They should offer unlimited technical support that is available 24/7/365. By having a team on call to handle any issues your platform may experience and monitor security threats, you can spend more time and resources on building your business and carrying out your organization’s mission.

What industries do you specialize in?

Some PaaS vendors find a niche in supporting certain industries, while others can host a wide array of sectors. This ability to provide services for certain enterprises and organizations can be indicated by the certifications and compliance standards they have achieved.

Here are a few examples of industries that benefit from PaaS services, and what they need from a vendor:

  • Government: a good PaaS vendor must stay up-to-date on evolving government technology practices and standards. Being a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorized solutions provider means a vendor can provide solutions to federal consumers, including supporting a variety of platforms. If you’re a federal enterprise, look for “FISMA” and “FedRAMP” when picking a PaaS vendor.
  • Finance: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) Level 1 is the highest security accreditation available for credit card processing. If you deal with finance and your PaaS vendor has this, your customers will get a superior infrastructure that protects their sensitive (and highly-sought after) credit card information.
  • Healthcare: Navigating today’s complex healthcare IT environment involves far reaching experience and capabilities. If you are a healthcare provider, you’ll need the support of a PaaS vendor that is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This will ensure your site is protected from hacks and threats, keeping medical records safe, secure, and private.

To know what PaaS vendor is the best fit, you first have to know what you hope to achieve with PaaS. The benefits are seemingly endless and the possibilities are limitless. If you’d like to learn more about PaaS hosting and what you can gain from it, contact Contegix – we’d be happy to discuss options, provide advice, and determine whether platform as a service might be the most effective option for your organization.