What’s the best Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) system for you and your organisation? The EU-funded PaaSport project is working to answer this question, especially for European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the games and ITC industries.
PaaSport’s primary goal is to develop an independent PaaS marketplace for both providers and users, making it easier for SMEs to search for and find suitable PaaS systems, as well as to create and operate mobile cloud applications on a Europe-wide basis.
The advantage of PaaS is that it provides a system of cloud computing services for developers to create, host and deploy applications without the complexities of setting-up, configuring and managing infrastructure elements such as servers and databases typically associated with creating and launching an app.
PaaS can also be useful in situations where multiple developers, physically located in different areas, are working on a single project.
However some PaaS systems include vendor lock-in, which in the event of a serious PaaS provider disruption (such as bankruptcy) can cause user data access lock-out and/or loss, or the inability to migrate data and applications seamlessly to other provider’s systems.
The PaaSport project has also identified vendor lock-in as a major obstacle, and is focusing closely on ways to resolve this problem as well.
Learn more about the PaaSport project at www.paasport-project.eu.