Best Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) Software

What is PaaS?

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.

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

Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) Software Grid® Overview

The best Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Salesforce Platform: Heroku Enterprise and Salesforce Platform
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution.
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Google App Engine, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and SAP Cloud Platform
G2 Crowd Grid® for Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS)
High Performers
Salesforce platform heroku enterprise
Amazon ec2
Microsoft azure
Google app engine
Salesforce platform
Aws elastic beanstalk
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