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Companies that rely on applications to keep business running and innovation progressing know how important development and operational processes are to achieving success. But what if businesses could further optimize these processes for even bigger gains?

They can, thanks to a rising model of cloud computing: Platform as a Service.

Platform as a Service, or PaaS, offers customers the networks, servers, and storage while giving them the freedom to choose and control application capabilities and data.

So what are some of the benefits organizations like yours can expect when employing PaaS, particularly IBM SmartCloud Application Services? Let’s take a look:

Security: With IBM SmartCloud Application Services, you get best-of-breed technologies, enhanced physical security, intrusion protection services, and vulnerability scans. You have the option to employ a virtual private network, and you alone have access to your data. You have the ability to keep snapshots of your data to meet retention requirements — and may revert to a prior snapshot at any time.

Reliability: Services from IBM are continuously monitored for availability, and in the rare event of an issue, the problem is automatically detected and service is restored.

Simplicity: You can use services immediately with IBM SmartCloud Application Services because they come preconfigured and ready. Additionally, with pay-as-you-go pricing, you pay only for what you use.

Control: IBM SmartCloud Application Services give you the power to deploy software patches and new service features when you choose to do so. You can log in to the self-service Web interface to monitor, manage, and control the cloud.

As an IBM cloud specialist, I talk often about the advantages that cloud computing can bring an organization.  But what about the application lifecycle?  What does PaaS offer to improve the application development process in the cloud?

●    Provides a secure, consistent environment across development, testing, and production.

●    Integration of applications across internal and external environments.

●    Minimizes the risk and high costs of downtime from lack of skills, human error, and inconsistencies.

●    Mitigation of disruptions to the application lifecycle by keeping applications up and running

●    Management of the complex processes of installation, configuration, in addition to the middleware and infrastructure components.

The efficiency that helps businesses overcome these challenges is measurable.

For instance, under traditional application lifecycles, environment setup takes weeks. In the cloud, through PaaS solutions such as IBM SmartCloud Application Services, it’s hours. In traditional lifecycles, environment provisioning, Web app deployment, and database server creation take weeks. In the cloud, you only need minutes.

And businesses are taking notice. Worldwide, the public PaaS market is expected to grow to $9.1 billion by 2015, from $2.2 billion in 2010. According to a recent IBM study, half of IT decision-makers said they see the importance of PaaS in driving innovation and improving the application lifecycle.

Learn more:  Check out the IBM infographic below, “The future of PaaS: Cloud vs. traditional methods of application development.” Or, contact me via my IBM representative page and we can explore ways to give your company’s application development a boost with the cloud.

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