What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

PaaS is a cloud platform that allows developers to quickly develop, run, and manage applications without the capital expense and maintenance requirements of an in-house infrastructure.

Platform as a Service definition

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a complete development environment that is hosted in the cloud and enables application developers to create apps quickly and easily. It usually includes an OS, web server, tools, programming language, database, network, servers, storage, and more. The PaaS provider hosts and maintains the system and often builds a solution tailored to the unique needs of the customer. The customer maintains control of its applications. Many providers offer pay-as-you-go and other online pricing models.