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