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Choosing a PaaS Pattern to Beat Your Enterprise’s Strategic Goals

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By Atos Apprenda Support

PaaS Patterns Apprenda

Apprenda Platform as a Service (PaaS) client implementations are as varied as the industries and use cases they support. With customers representing finance, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, governments, and more, this versatility is necessary. By its nature, Apprenda serves many needs, not just application deployment and scaling.

But a few patterns have become common, based on the priorities of Global 2000 enterprises:

  • The enterprise deploys two PaaS clouds, clean and simple: Development and Production.
  • The enterprise adds in an additional PaaS cloud for isolating the development and testing of platform extensions and integrations: Lab (or Sandbox), Development, and Production.
  • The enterprise adopts a more complex pattern, with dedicated individual clouds to support a rigorous SDLC structure: Development, User Acceptance Test, Quality Assurance, Staging, DMZ, and Production.

Several factors influence the PaaS pattern choice. Many enterprises have honed efficient software development lifecycle (SDLC) workflows and tools and want their PaaS pattern to adhere to those choices. They want to take advantage of institutional muscle memory where possible, continuing to succeed through proven methods.

For others, security is the key driver. In many enterprises, the workflows depend heavily on existing or increasing separation-of-duties concerns. They need their PaaS instances to seamlessly support organizational policies and role-based divisions. And others have to be sure their PaaS instances enable support for applications destined for consumption by different audiences. Internal app users can be allowed access to a secure Intranet while customers, prospects, or citizens will use only Internet realm applications.

Another common concern is the need to enable application testing (both by developers and users), quality assurance, or user training. An enterprise often decides that separate clouds can be the best solution to satisfy multiple and sometimes conflicting needs.

Whatever the drivers, the PaaS architecture patterns an enterprise chooses can support its workflows and policies with these benefits:

  • minimal disruption to staff since they can continue using familiar processes and many of their usual tools
  • reinforcement of well-defined policies
  • rapid adoption of PaaS technology as a foundation from which to launch strategic change in products, services, and delivery models

But much greater benefits can be had. Adoption of the Apprenda PaaS presents a powerful opportunity to design more effective architectures, workflows, and policies immediately, resulting in:

  • accelerated strategic change
  • embrace of new tools to enable the enterprise to innovate, developing new software products and new lines of business
  • design of more streamlined organizational structures by capitalizing on inherent efficiencies delivered out of the box with the Apprenda PaaS
  • differentiation from competing enterprises, vaulting forward to a highly app- and developer-centric model

The world’s top enterprises are exploiting PaaS not just to improve the work their teams perform, but also to enable new ventures and value propositions. No Global 2000 company can justify investments that replace current tools with slightly better options. When it comes to using PaaS to revamp application development and deployment, the most exceptional enterprises will leverage Apprenda to establish these new paradigms.

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