In the same vein of developing application quicker with Frameworks, there is also the idea of deploying application faster using platforms.
These platforms let you run your web applications on hosted, scalable infrastructure. Applications are promoted as easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as traffic and data storage needs grow. With these frameworks, there are no servers to maintain.
Here is a list of notable platforms as a service (PaaS) providers.
- Google App Engine. Java, python
- Heroku. Ruby
- AppScale. App Engine Clone
- EngineYard. Ruby
- Force.com. Extend Salesforce.
Both Heroku and Engine yard are backed onto Amazon and leverage EC2 and the EBS.