Key Platform as a Service (PaaS) Selection Criteria

The ultimate goal of every enterprise, startup or web company is to deploy scalable and highly robust applications. With the expanding growth of mobile applications and the nature of unpredictable application workloads, it’s more important than ever to deploy a scalable application infrastructure that can easily handle any peak workloads of applications.

When it comes to selecting a cloud computing platform that offers application infrastructure capabilities, Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is the right solution to go for. According to this top Azure PaaS services blog article by Stackify, PaaS is the core in enterprises’ cloud adoption strategy today. How do you select the right PaaS provider for your business?

Here are some key selection criteria you should consider during the selection process:

Customization and Functionality

PaaS is ideal for enterprises looking to evolve their IT infrastructure to build agility and leverage the power of cloud computing. As cloud infrastructure continues to evolve and enterprises develop and adopt new application architectures, businesses must look for a customizable PaaS platform that provides additional functionality to support application development and deployment needs.

Being able to tweak functionality to suit usability and availability needs is critical when you want to accommodate users’ changing requirements as well as cloud infrastructure updates. Customizable PaaS solutions enable you to test, develop, deploy and host applications over the cloud without focusing on the hardware maintenance part.

Architecture Flexibility

Earlier first-generation application management infrastructures did not offer the level of flexibility needed when it came deploying applications. Today’s PaaS solutions provide businesses with the capabilities to pick the virtualization technology of choice and management features that best suit their business needs.

It’s important to have a closer look at the architecture flexibility provided by a PaaS platform before migrating your applications. The right architecture will enable you to choose the appropriate infrastructure-as-a-service and even take the necessary steps needed to control the cost of the overall cloud solution.

Multi-Cloud Support

When choosing a PaaS platform for your application, you need to consider the ability to choose the underlying infrastructure cloud, datacenter locations and virtualization technology provided by the platform. Unless you have no issue with vendor lock-in, it’s advisable to choose a platform that allows you to move workloads when needed.

Most proprietary PaaS vendors like Microsoft Azure run their own application infrastructures in their integrated data centers. This helps provide a high level of redundancy and reliable failover capabilities that ensure application availability. Multi-cloud support is not always a must-have, but it offers you options when you need to deploy changes or deal with availability issues.

Ease of Migration

If you have multiple application infrastructures, you may want to consider migrating your existing applications to a PaaS platform to lower the cost of management and streamline the management process. Once you’ve decided to migrate your applications, you need to be sure about the application migration process and investment protection offered by the infrastructure provider.

You need to look at different PaaS solutions on the market and identify and prioritize applications that need to be migrated to the new cloud infrastructure, either on private or public cloud.  Ease of migration is one of the core benefits of choosing Platform-as-a-Service.


Platform-as-a-Service is the most important layer of cloud computing, and businesses must quickly adapt to cloud computing transformations around this platform. Selecting the right PaaS helps your enterprise deploy applications easily, improve developer productivity and lower the cost of management for your integrated application infrastructure stack.