IT Svit is a Managed Platform-as-a-Service company

PaaS model allows businesses to configure their software delivery processes to use the services and tools from various cloud service providers like AWS, GCP, Azure, DigitalOcean, Oracle Cloud, etc. In order to build coherent and efficient workflows while avoiding vendor lock-in, the businesses go for Managed Services Providers, who handle the design, implementation and management of the corresponding cloud infrastructure.

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The main problem with PaaS approach is that the cloud vendors provide their tools in bundles. They are designed to work well with each other — but they cost quite a lot to operate at scale. Thus said, Managed PaaS Providers help replace the proprietary cloud tools with open-source analogs to make your cloud infrastructure resilient, modular and easily portable.

Software development evolved through PaaS

Building your software delivery ecosystem takes time and requires an in-depth understanding of the peculiarities and features of all the components involved in the process. The cloud vendors offer holistic workflows and pipelines for software development, but using them as is can mean going for vendor lock-in. Managed PaaS ensures your software delivery pipeline is highly-flexible and uses the best cloud services to compose modular and easily adjustable infrastructure.

Infrastructure monitoring and analytics

Software development is not the only domain where managed PaaS can be of use. Once the software is released, it must be monitored in production and the logs must be analyzed to find ways to keep the performance at the maximum level. ELK stack, Sumologic, Prometheus & Grafana — these are the cloud infrastructure monitoring tools that can help businesses achieve their goals. IT Svit can help configure these platforms correctly and run them efficiently.

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Every company has to rely on a vast array of tools to conduct their operations. These tools can be both proprietary (like AWS Elastic Beanstalk or Google App Engine) and open-source PaaS solutions like ELK stack, Sumologic, Prometheus & Grafana, Nagios and Icinga, etc. These tools can cover every aspect of the software delivery life cycle, from hardware and software planning and design to implementation, configuration and ongoing management. Why would a business require a partnership with a PaaS company then?

Platform-as-a-Service means the cloud tools are provided to the customers and they can be configured to meet the software development or infrastructure management requirements. It is not as complicated as IaaS and provides much more options as compared to SaaS. The businesses use them to build and deploy their code to the public cloud, essentially leasing environments over the Internet instead of renting their own servers and purchasing proprietary solutions.

IT Svit has ample experience designing cloud infrastructures using the most popular PaaS software:

  • Amazon Web Services (including Amazon Elastic Beanstalk)
  • Amazon Lambda for serverless computing
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Google App Engine
  • OpenShift
  • IBM Cloud Foundry

Unfortunately, we do not work with Heroku and VMware Cloud Foundry, as their capabilities are not as tremendous, as compared to AWS and GCP functionality, so why work with the rest when you can work with the best? Essentially, Heroku helps launch small-scale apps, but scaling to enterprise with it takes lots of effort and reconfiguration. Therefore, it is best to start on a platform where you plan to work for a long time, rather than starting from scratch while

Amazon Web Services and Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is a free-to-use service composed of Amazon Web Services like Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, and Amazon Pipeline. When using Beanstalk the developers get all they need to build, test and deploy the code. Lately, AWS has added lots of useful services to their offers, like Amazon RDS and Amazon Aurora — a relational distributed database, Amazon Lambda — serverless computing from AWS, Amazon ECS and Amazon Fargate — using Kubernetes to run Docker containers without the need to manage Kubernetes clusters.

Amazon Lambda Serverless Computing

Amazon Lambda is a very convenient service for building efficient middleware solutions and serverless computing pipelines. When there is a need for short-time resources and you don’t want to pay for server instances that are idle 99% of the time, Amazon Lambda provides the ability to run your code without the need to provision and configure servers at all. IT is also great for CI/CD, as multiple Lambda functions can be configured separately to serve various parts of your software development lifecycle.

Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform is a worthy alternative to AWS, thanks to a variety of well-fleshed-out services and features. GCP is the original developer of Kubernetes and is the fastest-growing of the 3 leading cloud service providers. Google Storage and Google Big Query, Google App Engine and Google Functions, Google Firebase and other services — GCP provides a holistic environment, where the developers can safely develop and run their code without the need to provision and configure the servers.

OpenShift

Openshift is a long-standing and quite popular PaaS service from Red Hat. It provides a full cycle of services for startups that need to develop, test, deploy and run their apps in the cloud. OpenShift runs on Kubernetes now, so working with Docker containers helps run your apps cost-efficiently and reliably. The platform also supports multiple CI/CD features, so it provides excellent opportunities for startups and enterprises alike to develop their app fast.

IBM Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry from IBM is an end-to-end solution for the developers that want to develop, test, stage, deploy and run their code in production without the need to ever provision and configure the servers under the hood. Cloud Foundry seamlessly integrates with other IBM offers, including the AI, IoT, Blockchain and ML features. If your company wants to stay away from rather costly AWS and GCP offers, IBM Cloud Foundry can be exactly the place to look at.

Why order PaaS from a company like IT Svit?

The main reason for working with a Managed PaaS company is to maintain a healthy time-to-cost ratio. Any development team can master any Platform-as-a-Service, from Oracle Engine Yard to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, and all of these have extensive FAQ and Help documentation. However, it takes time to master all the facets and peculiarities of each particular platform. Therefore, the time-to-market for your product will be longer, if you will have to master the platform before actually writing the code.

Therefore, managed Platform-as-a-Service companies like IT Svit provide necessary assistance to help startups and enterprises alike to utilize public cloud services with top efficiency from the very start. Our highly-skilled DevOps engineers can configure the required environments, deployments and CI/CD pipelines quickly and with ease, so your developers can start delivering the code sooner.

In addition, after working on multiple projects involving PaaS solutions, our DevOps team has encountered all kinds of challenges and has ready solutions at hand for literally every issue you might face while developing a mobile or a web app. Instead of reinventing the wheel and making the unavoidable mistakes, we help our customers skip all the learning curve and begin utilizing key features of any cloud service with maximum efficiency right from the start.

Monitoring your PaaS cloud infrastructure and CI/CD pipelines

Yet another essential aspect of running software development and managing the cloud infrastructure is monitoring your environments and ensuring stable operations from the stage of testing the new code batches to the stage of pushing new features into production. Each of the aforementioned PaaS solutions has its own cloud-based monitoring services, like Amazon CloudTrail or Google StackDrive, which help keep an eye on the performance of your systems.

However, the problem with these services is that they are developed to work with platform-specific features. There is a variety of reasons why you would like to replace some of the proprietary cloud vendor services with their open-source free-to-use alternatives, and these cannot be monitored using the solutions mentioned above. Therefore, a cloud-agnostic monitoring solution must be implemented, the one composed of open-source modules like ELK Stack, Splunk, SumoLogic, Prometheus+Grafana, Nagios + Icinga, etc.

IT Svit has ample experience designing and implementing in-depth monitoring, logging, and alerting solutions. We can deploy them to any public or private cloud, configure and run them for your team, as well as teach your IT department to use them with utmost efficiency. This will allow to ensure the resources are allocated correctly, the software delivery is smooth and predictable, and the cloud infrastructure is managed cost-efficiently.

Ensuring security while managing PaaS solutions

Another important aspect of working with PaaS companies is ensuring the safety and security of your code deployment and IT operations. When using Kubernetes clusters and Docker containers, the code and infrastructure security are ensured through built-in security layers of containers and nods. Various cloud security features are present on each cloud vendor platform, like AWS Cloud Security, Google Cloud Security, etc. In addition, there are open-source cloud security solutions and bespoke security modules that can be uniquely suited to your project goals.

Final thoughts on why IT Svit can be you perfect PaaS partner

To sum it all up, partnering with a trustworthy PaaS company like IT Svit can help your business begin using the cloud-based app development features at full capacity quickly. We can take care of initial PaaS features configuration, as well as enabling the CI/CD processes, cloud monitoring and security for your workflows and applications using both proprietary and open-source tools. As we have a ton of experience with such kinds of projects, we can offer ready solutions for your requirements, as well as avoiding potential infrastructure drawbacks and bottlenecks.

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