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Explain like I’m Five: Difference between IaaS and PaaS

Alright, let’s break this down using a simple analogy:

Imagine you’re making a pizza.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS):
You’re given the basic ingredients: dough, sauce, cheese, toppings. You have the freedom to make the pizza however you want, but you also have to do everything from stretching the dough to deciding how much cheese goes on top. If you need an oven, you’re provided with one, but you have to set the right temperature and baking time.

Platform as a Service (PaaS):
Now, instead of just ingredients, you’re given the dough already spread out on a tray, and the oven is pre-set. You just choose what toppings you want, and the baking process is mostly automated. It’s more convenient but gives you a bit less control over the nitty-gritty details.

So, in tech terms:

  • IaaS gives you the raw resources (like servers and storage) and you handle setting everything up.
  • PaaS provides you with a ready environment where you just focus on your app or software and let the service handle the underlying infrastructure details.