paas is short for Platform-as-a-service, a category of cloud-centric services.

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If you are writing a web app — a great web app, a fantastic web app, THE BEST EVER WEB APP — you do not need a container orchestrator. You need a PaaS. You do not need 5 different ways to deal with rolling out new versions of your app. You do NOT need to be able to configure and tweak your database. Do not manage your own database!