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Best Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) Software

Platform as a service, or PaaS, is cloud computing model that provides users with hosted development kits, database tools, and application management capabilities. Third-party vendors provide users with virtual resources to build, deploy, and launch software applications, reducing the need for back-end software development. Businesses utilize PaaS to outsource hosting, database construction, cloud security capabilities, and data storage. Companies often use PaaS clouds as scalable platforms for new or expanding applications to larger audiences. This avoids long-term investments in development time and middleware through a pay-as-you-grow model. The service tends to function through a usage-rate pricing model, allowing for growth and flexibility. The service is used by development teams as an alternative to constructing and hosting the back ends of applications with an integrated development environment (IDE). Hosted database and storage services include similar capabilities to mobile backend as a service (mBaaS) products, but those are specifically for mobile applications. Learn more on exactly what is PaaS.

To qualify for inclusion in the PaaS category, a product must:

  • Provide hosted databases creation tools
  • Provide a development platform
  • Provide application management tools
  • Possess capabilities to deploy applications
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    AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. You pay only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not running. With Lambda, you can run code for virtually any type of application or backend service - all with zero administration. Just upload your code and Lambda takes care of everything required to run and scale your code with high availability. You can set up your code to automatically trigger from other AWS services or call it directly from any web or mobile app.


    Application Runtimes based on Cloud Foundry ensure that the build and deploy aspects of coding remain carefully coordinated with any attached services, resulting in quick, consistent, and reliable iterating of applications.


    Azure Functions is an event driven, compute-on-demand experience that extends the existing Azure application platform with capabilities to implement code triggered by events occurring in Azure or third party service as well as on-premises systems.


    Run your business better with Salesforce Platform. Salesforce Platform connects business users and IT with a full suite of tools for building apps that automate business processes, faster than ever before. Point. Click. Build. • Build best-in-class apps, fast. Using App Builder and Lightning Components, your teams can quickly build productivity apps. • Get closer than ever to your customers. Connect any app to all your Salesforce data to give you a single point of view on every customer interaction. • Share the work. Business users and admins love Salesforce Platform because they can collaborate in real time. Developers love customizing anything with Lightning Components. • Trust comes standard. Get the managed, trusted architecture of Salesforce with enterprise-level control and integrated identity features.


    AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an easy-to-use service for deploying and scaling web applications and services developed with Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, Python, Ruby, Go, and Docker on familiar servers such as Apache, Nginx, Passenger, and IIS.


    Azure Web Apps is a service for hosting web applications, REST APIs, and mobile back ends.


    Empower your developers Heroku Enterprise gives developers the flexibility to create apps using languages and tools they already love, while maintaining critical Enterprise needs for trust and control. Tap into an unparalleled ecosystem Don’t reinvent the wheel. Heroku Elements is a collection of 150+ third-party add-ons, 1000+ open source buildpacks, and 3000+ ready-to-deploy Buttons enabling a rich ecosystem of pre-integrated extensions and services. Gain Enterprise-level Trust and Control. Combine the best of both worlds - An experience that developers love with enterprise-class features that large companies need.


    A serverless environment to build and connect cloud services


    OpenShift® Online is Red Hat's public cloud application deployment and hosting platform. Get on-demand access to OpenShift to build, deploy and manage scalable containerized applications, operated and supported by Red Hat.®


    Build scalable web and mobile backends in any language on Google’s infrastructure


    The smallest PaaS implementation you've ever seen. Docker powered mini-Heroku in around 200 lines of Bash


    Zoho Creator is a low-code application development platform that empowers you to build enterprise-class applications that run on mobile, tablet, and web. Create custom forms, configure workflows, build informative pages, and get your app up and running in minutes. Whether it's logistics or order management, the possibilities are endless. Businesses of all size trust Zoho Creator to manage their data and have built more than 2 million+ apps on it. Access data anytime, anywhere. 

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    SAP Cloud Platform powers applications that deliver real-time insights to drive more effective and timely decision making. Dramatically accelerate analytics, business processes, sentiment data processing, and predictive capabilities to run your business in real-time.


    Plesk is one of the leading cloud platforms to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses in more than 32 languages across 140 countries in the world. 50% of the top 100 worldwide service providers are partnering with Plesk today. Being the only OS agnostic platform, Plesk is running on more than 350’000 servers, automating 10M+ websites and at least 15M mail boxes.


    The AWS Serverless Application Repository enables you to quickly deploy code samples, components, and complete applications for common use cases such as web and mobile back-ends, event and data processing, logging, monitoring, IoT, and more.


    Platform.sh is an idea-to-cloud application platform that can scale the smallest project to applications handling millions of visitors. Its unique feature is ideal for agile software teams: it can replicate the production cluster in seconds to create byte-for-byte ephemeral dev and staging environments. Users see DevOps reduced by up to 90%, 15x faster user acceptance testing, and 40% improved developer productivity. It can provide 99.99% SLAs thanks to 24/7 follow-the-sun support combined with a unique, triple-redundant architecture based on a high-density grid of Linux micro-containers. Headquartered in Paris, France, with employees across five continents, the company serves thousands of clients worldwide, including Vivienne Westwood, The Canadian Football League, Ikea, Gap, and El Universo.

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    Morpheus is the DevOps for Enterprise IT, allowing IT and technology leaders to save time, money and sanity by providing automatic logging, monitoring, alerts, one-click provisioning and more. Morpheus also solves common IT headaches like Shadow IT, cloud-lock, and impossible cloud migration.


    Develop, package, and deploy powerful applications and services to the cloud with Azure Cloud Services, and the click of a button. Scale from 1 to 1000 in minutes.


    Acquia is the open source digital experience company. We provide the world’s most ambitious brands with technology that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter. At Acquia, we believe in the power of community - giving our customers the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms.


    Oracle Cloud platform as a service (PaaS) helps enterprise IT and independent software vendor (ISV) developers rapidly build and deploy rich applications - or extend Oracle Cloud SaaS apps.


    Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is a cloud-native application platform that allows you to continuously deliver any app to every major private and public cloud with a single platform. PCF is proven to accelerate feature delivery with higher developer productivity and a 200:1 developer to operator ratio. PCF's built-in security and self-healing capabilities reduce risk in your app portfolio while maintaining high-availability at scale to keep customer facing systems online even in the most challenging circumstances.


    Cloud Foundry: Industry's Open Platform As A Service. Deploy and scale applications in seconds, without locking yourself into a single cloud.


    Engine Yard is a full-stack Ruby on Rails Support solution enabling organizations to focus on creating and developing applications, instead of managing their infrastructure. The optimized Service supports Ruby on Rails, PHP and Node.js environments, and also any other languages you want to install, to get apps up and running on AWS quickly. The world-class team of Rails support engineers will monitor and manage your apps in the cloud so you can get back to what you do best - developing exciting apps. Are DevOps headaches keeping you up at night? It doesn't have to be that way.


    AppScale (https://www.appscale.com) is an easy-to-manage serverless platform for building and running scalable web and mobile applications on any infrastructure. Build your app rapidly for multi cloud deployment. Why choose AppScale? Our platform combines the benefits of the serverless development model with the application portability to deploy anywhere. Public cloud platforms like AWS Lambda, Google App Engine, and Heroku make development easy but lock you into their cloud. Open source platforms like Cloud Foundry and OpenShift offer application portability with high-level APIs across multiple infrastructures but are not easy to operate. Platforms like Kubernetes and Nomad also provide application portability, but force developers to interact with the complications of lower-level, server-centric abstractions. Only AppScale delivers a platform where development, deployment, and operations are all made easy.


    Flynn fixes everything that's wrong with the process of deploying, scaling, and managing your applications and databases. So they run the way they're supposed to – with ease. And you can do more of what you want to do and less of what you have to do.


    Apache jclouds is an open source multi-cloud toolkit for the Java platform designed to give users the freedom to create applications that are portable across clouds while giving them full control to use cloud-specific features.


    Based on Apache OpenWhisk, IBM Cloud Functions is a polyglot functions-as-a-service (FaaS) programming platform for developing lightweight code that scalably executes on demand.


    VMware Cloud Foundation provides the easiest way to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments.


    AzStudio is a platform that accelerates development and drastically increases your speed to market of Azure PaaS Applications. It also expedites Legacy .Net modernization to PaaS efforts and enables Multi-Cloud portability while providing standardized best-practices and enhanced security. This is done by leveraging our patent-pending Configuration as a Service (CaaS) approach coupled with our platform of application building blocks helps reduce time and development costs by 40-60% on your custom development.


    Builtio allows companies to create applications without the hassle of designing, building, and maintaining a custom backend technology stack.


    Take your apps to the cloud and automate your DevOps processes with Cloudify’s orchestration framework for cloud applications. Easily setup, deploy, monitor, auto-repair and scale your mission critical applications on the cloud.


    Dataphin is designed to help users create and manage intelligent and unified data assets and empower innovation. It provides a comprehensive one-stop solution including data integration, warehouse modeling, identity and profile distilling, asset management, and data services


    Haxr is a PaaS broadcasting platform designed to enable users in the media industry to take their video content a step further.


    Jelastic provides an entire enterprise stack that can be installed on “bare metal” servers or any existing IaaS solution in hours, not months. Cloud IT administrators use a single management console to control cloud resources.


    The Now Platform delivers a System of Action for the enterprise. Using a single data model, it makes it easy to create contextual workflows and automate business processes. The platform's Intelligent Automation Engine combines machine learning with automated actions to dramatically reduce costs and speed time‑to‑resolution.


    Easy, rapid and agile deployment of any Java application. Experience full control and flexibility of your application in public cloud.


    webMethods AgileApps Cloud is the only complete application development and lifecycle management platform you need to bring your SaaS solutions to market in record time and with significantly less resource requirements.


    AgilePoint NX promotes what we call BPM 2.0, which in the ideal form recognizes that businesses need their software to be more cost effective, flexible, better aligned with their business focus, and consist of highly adaptive processes.


    Alibaba Cloud Function Compute is a fully-managed event-driven compute service. It allows you to focus on writing and uploading code without the need to manage infrastructure such as servers. Function Compute provides compute resources, allowing you to run code more flexibly and reliably. In addition, you only need to pay for the resources that have been consumed when running the code. No fee is incurred if you do not run the code


    Anaplan is the leader in Connected Planning. Our purpose-built software—powered by our patented Hyperblock engine—enables dynamic, collaborative, and intelligent planning. Large and fast-growing companies worldwide use our solutions to connect the people and data required for trusted plans and accelerated decisions essential to leading in their markets. Based in San Francisco, we are a privately-held growth company with 20 offices, 175 expert partners, and more than 850 customers worldwide. To learn more, visit anaplan.com.


    AppFog is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that enables developers to focus on writing great cloud-based applications without having to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure.


    AppHarbor is a fully hosted .NET Platform as a Service. AppHarbor can deploy and scale any standard .NET application to the cloud.


    Aviatrix specializes in hybrid cloud networking, simplifying scaling in the cloud, enabling connectivity across a wide range of cloud architectures and delivering end-to-end network security.


    Quickly build and consume APIs in the cloud using the language of your choice with Azure App Service


    Brightbox provides high-performance virtualised servers, optimised for hosting Ruby on Rails. Each Brightbox server comes with hardware RAID storage, access to our managed MySQL cluster and the Brightbox Rails stack preinstalled.


    Clever Cloud is an IT automation platform for developers. It's polyglot and scalable, saving thousands of souls from server management since 2010.


    Cloudreach offers intelligent cloud adoption for the enterprise. It is designed to enable, integrate and operate user's cloud with focus, governance and confidence.


    Coeus Enterprise Technologies (PAAS) Platform-as-a-Service for private clouds is an easy-to-use scalable platform for developing and deploying mobile and web applications built on Open Shift by Red Hat. Coeus PaaS eliminates the need for developers to install, configure and manage the application infrastructure, empowering developers to do what they do best – coding quality applications.


    Covisint provides a unique blend of identity, portal, data, and application access and development services. All delivered through one platform as a service.


    The Databricks I/O module (DBIO) takes processing speeds to the next level with an optimized AWS S3 access layer — significantly improving the performance of Apache Spark™ in the cloud.