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Platform as a Services Agreement (PaaS)

Why you need a Platform as a Service Agreement

We love what platforms like Microsoft Azure can do for our clients. If you provide a similar Platform as a Service (PaaS), then you need to create an agreement that meets the technical and specialist requirements your platform deserves.

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What is a Platform as a Service Agreement?

A PaaS agreement is made between the supplier of a Platform and their client (user). The agreement will clarify everything from how the client may (and may not) use the platform to the level of performance you can expect from the service.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between IaaS and PaaS?

A: PaaS is the next step up in the chain for creating software applications. It's like IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), because it still provides the infrastructure (storage and servers) but it also provides the platform for designers to host and share SaaS products, complete with tools and database management systems.

Q: What is an example of a PaaS service?

A: PaaS services are the online platforms where apps can be created by designers. Popular PaaS services are Microsoft Azure, Google app engine and Cloud Foundry.

Q: What is different in a PaaS and SaaS agreement?

A SaaS agreement is between a developer and an end user, whereas a PaaS agreement is between the platform host and developer.

For this reason, PaaS agreements tend to be more detailed and technical. For example, if  a developer creates something on the host’s platform, who owns the intellectual property rights in that PaaS relationship? All this needs to be ironed out, clearly and concisely, in the PaaS Agreement.

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  • Managed Services Provider
  • ISV, Software, Apps and IP
  • System Integrators Professional Services Consultancy Partners
  • Hosting Partners
  • Licensing Partners

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