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35 PaaS Providers for Infrastructure and Scalability (Part 2)

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35 PaaS Providers for Infrastructure and Scalability (Part 2)

This mix of PaaS providers details their features, costs, and outlines of what sets them apart from one another to see which best meets your needs.

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Continuing on from Part 1, here, we’ve gathered together the second half of our list of the biggest players in the PaaS provider space. To help you find the right PaaS provider for your infrastructure and scalability needs, we’ve rounded up 35 of the biggest players in the space. The providers listed below are listed alphabetically for easy reference.

19. Google App Engine


Google App Engine

Google App Engine helps you build mobile and Web back-ends using the programming language, frameworks, libraries, and runtimes that you are most comfortable with. Google takes care of the infrastructure while you work on your code. Check out our handy feature comparison chart to compare Google Compute with Azure and AWS.

Key Features

  • Google App Engine natively supports Java, Node.js, C#, Ruby, Python, PHP, and Go
  • Open source to help you avoid lock-ins
  • Supports SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Offers a wide variety of monitoring, troubleshooting, and other helpful developer tools
  • Can host different application versions
  • You can split traffic to different versions

Cost: Free trial is available. Billing depends on standard or flexible environments. For standard environments, pricing starts at $0.05 per instance per hour. On the other hand, flexible environment instances start at $0.0526 per core hour, $0.0071 per GB hour, and $0.0400 per GB per month.

20. Heirloom PaaS


Heirloom PaaS

Heirloom PaaS is a development and deployment platform that can help you transform your legacy applications into Java apps. If you have any COBOL applications and other legacy codes, you can still use them and continue to drive returns on that investment. In the end, you will still be using the same application, but this time, the application is written in Java. You can also retain both source codes. This helps you reduce your risk of vendor lock-ins.

Key Features

  • Transforms your current applications into Java in just minutes, even automatically, in just one step
  • 100% accuracy, which means your legacy applications will work the way they have always been even after being transformed
  • Supports Micro Focus, JES/JCL, CICS, SQL, VSAM, and IBM
  • Uses open source stacks
  • Cloud ready
  • Gives you easy access to Elastic COBOL

Cost: No pricing details available.

21. Heroku



Heroku allows you to run your apps inside containers. It takes care of everything else needed to run your apps, including orchestration, load balancing, configuration, logging, failovers, security, and others.

Key Features

  • Heroku supports a wide variety of languages such as Node.js, Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, and Go, among many others.
  • PostgreSQL as a service that you can use, setup, and scale easily
  • Allows you to scale horizontally and vertically in just a few seconds
  • Pre-integrated technologies such as MongoDB, New Relic, Searchify, SendGrid, Papertrail, Fastly, TreasureData, and ClearDB MySQL, among others
  • Get updated data insights with Data Clips
  • Access to app metrics, code and data rollback, and continuous delivery services
  • Github integration
  • You can customize using your own buildpacks or use community-authored buildpacks

Cost: Free plans are available; paid plans start at $7 per dyno per month.

22. Jelastic



Jelastic is geared towards developers and offers multi-cloud PaaS services for applications. It is also a business platform for hosting providers and a private cloud provider for enterprises.

Key Features

  • You can deploy Python, PHP, Java, Node.js, Ruby, and .NET applications without changing the code
  • Supports Docker, SVN, archives GIT, Maven, NetBeans, Ant, IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, and similar technologies
  • Automatically scales your application
  • Dashboard-based management
  • Easily creates development, testing, and production environments
  • Supports legacy applications and microservices

Cost: Public and private cloud pricing starts at $150 for the Jelastic license; installation fees of up to $1,000. Partnership pricing and free trial are also available.

23. Mendix



Mendix offers you the platform and tools to work on your application, from just toying with ideas to actually creating it, up to deployment and then operation.

Key Features

  • Create your applications using a set of visual development tools, including a WYSIWYG page editor and visual modeling tools
  • Collaborate effortlessly
  • Supports responsive design right off the bat
  • Use of themes to make your applications look more professional without having to spend too much time on UI design
  • Support for big data, machine learning, and IoT technologies
  • Supports continuous delivery
  • Provides enterprise level security standards
  • Helps you manage software quality and cut lifecycle costs
  • Ensures that your apps seamlessly integrate with other cloud and application services

Cost: Free plan available. Paid platform edition starts at $5,375 per month for an unlimited number of apps. Single app plan starts at $1,875 per month.

24. Microsoft Azure


Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure helps you deploy applications, services, and infrastructures. You can run your apps using close to three dozen data center regions, all giving you business grade service level agreements. You can reduce coding time by using readily available components that you can include in your own application. These components include security features, directory services, search, workflow, and others. Check out our post on Azure monitoring for tips and best practices for monitoring Azure apps and servers.

Key Features

  • Access to 70 Azure products that touch on storage, containers, databases, analytics, mobile, AI, IoT, and security, among other technologies
  • Facilitates easy collaboration even with development team members from all around the world
  • Supports different platforms, including mobile, desktop, and browser application development

Cost: Pay-as-you-go pricing starts with a free option. Shared Service Plan starts at $0.013 per hour per site, while the Basic Service Plan starts at $0.075 per hour. The most expensive plan (Premium) starts at $0.30 per hour and can go as high as $2.40 per hour.

25. OpenShift Online


OpenShiftOpenShift lets you build, create, deploy, and manage your containers easily using any public or private infrastructure.

Key Features

  • Supports Kubernetes for utilizing and managing containers
  • Provides tools that facilitate easy and fast deployment, scaling, development
  • Gives you access to several automation tools
  • Can dynamically provide storage regardless of type
  • Easy management of projects using a Web dashboard
  • Supports Node.js, .NET, Java, PHP, Python, MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, CakePHP, Ruby on Rails and other languages, databases, and application templates
  • Supports different container images from Red Hat, as well as applications from partner vendors

Cost: Starter plan allows you to sign up for free. Pro plan (for pro hosting and projects) is coming soon.

26. Oracle Cloud PaaS



Oracle Cloud PaaS gives you a way to develop, deploy, and test applications fast and in the cloud while keeping costs down. Developers can finally focus on writing their code and worry less about infrastructure.

Key Features

  • Build and deploy applications using the development environment of your choice
  • Access Oracle services such as Java Cloud, MySQL Cloud, Application Builder Cloud Service, Developer Cloud, Mobile Cloud, Node Cloud, and others.
  • Supports Java EE, Jave SE, Python, JRuby, PHP, Node.js, and other application frameworks, libraries, and languages
  • DevOps ready platform
  • Managed platform that helps you reduce the risk and total cost of ownership by moving your apps to the cloud

Cost: Free trial available with the following paid plans:

  • Oracle Database Cloud Service – Standard Edition One is $400 OCPU per month.
  • Oracle Database Cloud Service – Enterprise Edition is $1,500 OCPU per month.
  • Oracle Database Cloud Service – Enterprise Edition High Performance is $2,000 OCPU per month.
  • Oracle Database Cloud Service – Enterprise Edition Extreme Performance is $3,000 OCPU per month.

Download: Infographicwebcastarticle, and white paper.

27. OutSystems



Outsystems is a platform that uses visual tools to help you create and build your application while writing the least amount of code. Outsystems also allows you to modify, deploy, and manage your applications quickly and easily. You get to have better applications without coding too much, reducing development time and costs.

Key Features

  • Use of visual development platform that lets you drag and drop all the functionalities you want to add to your application
  • Visual development encompasses the user interface, data models, and business logic
  • One-click deployment of different components, including deployment processes and database scripts
  • Easily creates mobile apps
  • In-app feedback
  • Tests your application on any device
  • Includes your own code

Cost: Paid plans start at $2,100 per month. A free plan is available.

28. Pivotal Web Services


Pivotal Web ServicesPivotal Web Services delivers platform as a service that allows you to easily deploy, execute, and scale your application. It works with Cloud Foundry, which supports a wide number of cloud services, application services, and frameworks.

Key Features

  • All you have to do is upload your code and files onto the platform, where your application can be staged, distributed, and run
  • Uses Diego container management system to help distribute and manage your application
  • Buildpacks help ensure that your applications just work
  • Supports Grails, Java, Play, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, Go, Sinatra, Spring, and other languages
  • Supports third-party email services, monitoring, databases, and other services
  • Offers powerful monitoring and log management tools, as well as agile development and collaborations tools

Cost: Pay only for the resources you use at $0.03 per GB per hour

29. Platform.sh


Platform.shPlatform.sh can help ensure that everything runs smoothly even for your most in-demand applications, with you not doing any administrative tasks. The company promises a fast hosting platform that is always available while eliminating the chances of failed deployments.

Key Features

  • Use git to deploy your applications, microservices, message queues, and other clusters
  • High availability and automated processes including filesystem, network, building process, and deployment
  • Supports Ruby, Python, Node.js, and PHP, as well as RabbitMQ, MongoDB, HHVM, Redis, and PostgreSQL
  • Access to fully managed content delivery systems
  • Ready for continuous delivery

Cost: Paid plans start at $10 per month per site. A free trial is also available.

30. PodSpace


Podspace.io is based on Docker technology and offers an application platform that enables you to develop, deploy, and scale your apps regardless of language and runtime.

Key Features

  • Easy and fast deployment of containers using only a few clicks
  • Access to automatic load balancing and scaling
  • Access to your preferred health checks for self-healing applications
  • Allows you to build containerized applications
  • Manages everything related to your app, from building, testing, to deploying your applications, to distributing upgrades
  • Uses Kubernetes, OpenShift, and Docker
  • You can easily manage the entire development lifecycle

Cost: Metered pricing that can be as affordable as €0.5 per week (adaptive metered pricing), or free for personal projects. Startup plan is €6.99 per month while the Professional plan is €14.99 per month.

31. SAP HANA Cloud Platform



SAP Cloud Platform is a PaaS that offers a wide range of development capabilities and services. You become more agile while also being able to accelerate your app development.

Key Features

  • Build and deploy mobile, machine learning, and IoT apps easily
  • Integrate your cloud and onsite applications seamlessly and securely
  • Embed analytics into your applications and get valuable insights from different data sources
  • Facilitate collaboration with team members from all over the world
  • Focus on user experience by building simple and responsive apps
  • Secure platform
  • Supports Node.js, Java, HTML5, XSC/XSA, and other languages

Cost: Free developer edition is available. Paid plans start at €399 a month.

32. Scalingo



Scalingo takes care of system administration work and lets you forget about managing servers or keeps you from worrying about software dependencies, databases or application stack so that you can devote more time to developing your apps.

Key Features

  • Supports Cakephp, Clojure, Express, Go, Groovy, Groovy Grails, Java, Java Play Framework, Java spark, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby, Ruby on rails, and Scala, among other technologies
  • Supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, InfluxDB, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, and Redis
  • Access to several add-ons such as Scalingo Docker Image, VPN IP Sec, and other tools and databases

Cost: App containers costs €0.02 per container per hour. Paid plans start at €7.2 per month.

33. Software AG Live


SoftwareAGSoftware AG Cloud is a Platform as a Service provider that offers a fast and easy-to-use platform for your applications. It also offers support for mobile and social collaboration and allows you to develop applications fast while using the systems and languages that you are comfortable with.

Key Features

  • Alfabet Cloud service provides intuitive and quick IT management. It uses the best practices on how to collect, assess, and connect data that is relevant to your business and IT decisions.
  • Aris Cloud allows you to collaborate with people from other departments or even other parts of the world
  • WebMethods AgileApps Cloud provides visual modeling tools that give you a situational and process driven application that is immediately accessible on any mobile device
  • WebMethods API Cloud is an API portal that helps your users find and test your APIs
  • WebMethods Integration Cloud helps you bring your on-site or private cloud applications onto the platform

Cost: Pricing details are not available.

34. Standing Cloud



Standing Cloud provides cloud application management and marketplace solutions that enable you to distribute or sell your apps on the cloud. They have specific solutions for ISVs, cloud service vendors, and technology solution vendors.

Key Features

  • Automated application management helps you manage software effortlessly, allowing your users to find, download, and purchase your software with ease
  • Application management tools include single-click upgrades, scaling, monitoring, and backups, among others
  • Supports Linux, Java, jBoss, PHP, Python, Rails, and other OSes, languages, and platforms
  • Scripted developments let you forget about image libraries and gives your applications more portability, stability, and flexibility
  • Cloud hosting happens at the point of sale, with a Try & Buy solution that permits interested users to test your applications
  • You only need to develop your application or software once and deploy it wherever you want to

Cost: Pricing information not available.

35. webMethods AgileApps Cloud



webMethods provides PaaS services related to business process and application platforms. Developers and even non-technical people can now develop and then deploy applications using visual tools. It also allows you to have a better and easier way to manage and track service requests, conduct investigations, and respond to issues. Applications are more data-driven and richer. Plus, you can deploy these apps just about anywhere.

Key Features

  • Manage your activities better by getting customized business and app development processes. This way, you can use a visual tool to design and customize processes, assign tasks as they arise, and create processes on the fly.
  • Create business-grade case management applications easily
  • Get the Web applications you need while ignoring the applications you don’t
  • Business rules engine allows you to control business processes, approvals, notifications, and escalations
  • Use all communication channels that you want, from Twitter to Facebook and just about any available avenue
  • Advanced reporting capabilities

Cost: Free trial available. No pricing details available.


If you’re using a PaaS provider, it’s important to monitor your apps as well as your servers. Read this post to learn how cloud monitoring differs from server monitoring and how to best monitor PaaS-style app hosting. And, if you’re hosting apps in the cloud, you should know the 7 Ps of high-performance cloud apps: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor PaaS Performance. Learn more about the 7 Ps in this post.

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