Rapidly growing in popularity, PaaS solutions appeal to developers who want to spend more time coding, testing, and deploying their applications instead of dealing with hardware-oriented tasks such as managing security patches and operating system updates.

Microsoft Azure is a well-known PaaS solution that we’ll cover in our in-depth examples section, but Google Cloud Platform provides another PaaS option in App Engine. In addition to the managed infrastructure, PaaS products include APIs and tools that enable developers to hook in features such as traffic splitting, monitoring, and version control systems.

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