Platform engineering within a software development organization refers to the specialized discipline focused on designing, building, and maintaining the foundational infrastructure, frameworks, and tools that enable the development, deployment, and operation of software applications at scale.

It is constituted by forming a specialized team of software developers and system engineers who take care of:

  1. Provisioning and management of infrastructure such as servers, cloud services, and other resources to setup and maintain the development environments.
  2. Design and development of internal frameworks and tools to streamline the software development processes.
  3. Automating the routine tasks to expedite the operations, in collaboration with DevOps.
  4. Ensuring reliability, resilience, and high fault-tolerance in the deployed infrastructure that can withstand failures, traffic spikes and disruptions gracefully.