Azure PaaS , FaaS, IaaS

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provides a managed hosting environment, where you can deploy your application without needing to manage VMs or networking resources. For example, instead of creating individual VMs, you specify an instance count, and the service will provision, configure, and manage the necessary resources. Azure App Service is an example of a PaaS service.

There is a spectrum from IaaS to pure PaaS. For example, Azure VMs can auto-scale by using VM Scale Sets. This automatic scaling capability isn’t strictly PaaS, but it’s the type of management feature that might be found in a PaaS service.


Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) goes even further in removing the need to worry about the hosting environment. Instead of creating compute instances and deploying code to those instances, you simply deploy your code, and the service automatically runs it. You don’t need to administer the compute resources. These services make use of serverless architecture, and seamlessly scale up or down to whatever level necessary to handle the traffic. Azure Functions are a FaaS service.


IaaS gives the most control, flexibility, and portability. FaaS provides simplicity, elastic scale, and potential cost savings, because you pay only for the time your code is running. PaaS falls somewhere between the two. In general, the more flexibility a service provides, the more you are responsible for configuring and managing the resources. FaaS services automatically manage nearly all aspects of running an application, while IaaS solutions require you to provision, configure and manage the VMs and network components you create.


Consider if your need is only a Function on azure , go with FaaS. if need a host ,always go with PaaS.IaaS? yes if really need it . for example you really some control on individual Vm or network settings ,consider it. hybrid ? never ,It will makes the architecture complex and hard to fill the gap between premise and cloud .

Author: lanliang


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