Cloud Computing: Platform as a Service: Top 10 PaaS Trends of the Next Five Years

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-09-12 Print this article Print
Workload Growth Will Drive PaaS Adoption

Workload Growth Will Drive PaaS Adoption

The work isn't getting any easier, nor are management expectations. Growing workloads will put greater pressure on IT departments to cut costs and deliver productivity gains. Cloud technology in the form of PaaS will provide the flexibility, control and efficiency that developers, IT managers and CIOs need to hit their performance metrics.


IT research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan recently predicted that the platform as a service (PaaS) market will be the next area of keen competition for cloud innovators because the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) spaces have been commoditized. As most software available from the cloud is standardized, enterprises are looking to leverage PaaS offerings as it will be the only stack where a service provider can create differentiation. For the record, PaaS is a category of cloud computing services that provides a computing platform and a solution stack as a service for enterprises. Along with SaaS and IaaS, PaaS is a fast-growing service model of cloud computing. In this model, the PaaS customer creates the software using tools and libraries from the provider. The customer also controls software deployment and configuration settings. The provider delivers the networks, servers and storage. PaaS offerings facilitate the deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software. Various types of PaaS vendor offerings are extensive and include the application hosting, development, testing and deployment environment, along with extensive integrated services that consist of scalability, maintenance and versioning. In this slide show, an expert on PaaS, ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland, offered eWEEK readers a look at what he sees coming in the cloud marketplace over the next few years. ActiveState makes the Komodo integrated development environment (IDE) for cloud development.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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