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Platform as a Service: Expert advice for selecting a PaaS vendor

Picking a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider can be a nerve-wracking task. This guide offers articles, tips and other editor-selected content designed to help any organization find the right PaaS vendor.

Navigating the fast-growing Platform-as-a-Service landscape can be tricky. This guide, packed with expert advice from SearchCloudApplications and other TechTarget sites, offers a roadmap for finding exactly the right PaaS vendor. Read the content, listen to the podcast, view the videos, browse the glossary -- and then test your knowledge with a quick PaaS quiz.

PaaS concerns

1. PaaS basics: Questions and concepts

Learn about the challenges you'll face when making a move to Platform as a Service. Get a better understanding of PaaS vendor issues in these expert answers, tutorials and other content regarding PaaS from SearchCloudApplications and other TechTarget sites.

  • Q&A with Appirio's Glenn Weinstein

    Appirio's CTO Glenn Weinstein discusses the state of iPaaS and what architects can do to get the most out of their chosen integration approach.


  • Questions to ask PaaS vendors

    PaaS vendors have flooded the market with information -- some good, some bad. Contributor Adam Riglian discusses the questions that enterprise IT managers should ask their potential PaaS suitors.


  • Is PaaS vendor lock-in unavoidable?

    Will your PaaS of choice interoperate with future Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) installments? Contributor Mark Szynaka explains how to find out -- before it's too late to turn back.


  • What to consider before moving legacy development efforts to PaaS

    Managing your own development infrastructure takes time away from designing and coding. A move to PaaS can be helpful, even for a legacy development. But mobile app developer Dan Sullivan recommends keeping these considerations in mind.


  • Choosing among IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

    Which model -- PaaS, IaaS or SaaS -- is right for your organization's needs? Contributor Mark Eisenberg's expert advice helps you sort through the options.


  • Apprenda CEO discusses state of PaaS

    Sinclair Schuller, CEO of enterprise PaaS company Apprenda, shares insights on the state of the current PaaS landscape.


Selecting PaaS

2. Making PaaS a success

Choosing PaaS is the first step. Learn the best way to achieve PaaS goals with strategies and tips from experts and users in this section. It covers all the service provider options, cloud database choices and much more.

PaaS tutorials

3. PaaS multimedia deployments

Experts from a PaaS provider and an experienced PaaS adviser share their insights on deploying PaaS, implications on Java and cloud and the outlook on future PaaS in this podcast and video section.

PaaS terms

4. Glossary of PaaS-associated terms

What exactly is PaaS? How does it differ from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)? Fine-tune your knowledge with this glossary of relevant terms.


5. Test your PaaS knowledge

Have you digested all the tips and tricks you've learned about Platform as a Service? Prove it by testing your knowledge with this PaaS quiz.

PaaS quiz