Of Pies and Platforms: Platform-as-a-Service vs. Containers-as-a-Service

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I’m often asked about the difference between using a platform as a service (PaaS) vs. a containers-as-a-service (CaaS) approach to developing cloud applications. When does it makes sense to choose one or the other? One way to describe the difference and how it affects your development time and resources is to look at it like the process of baking a pie.

You’ve got to have a great crust to have a great pie — but what actually differentiates a pie is its filling. Still, you might like making pie crust and prefer to do it yourself. If you have the time, you’ll bust out your “Joy of Cooking,” mix the dough, roll it out and cut it to size.

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