Focus on cloud goals and developer needs to choose the right PaaS

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Stephanie Mann.

Today's Platform as a Service (PaaS) market is a competitive landscape: Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. reports that there are more than 150 PaaS offerings to choose from. Older, more established PaaS vendors like IBM and Microsoft are vying against newer players such as Google and CloudBees. And as PaaS revenue fixes to reach $2.9 billion dollars in 2016, companies looking to invest in PaaS are faced with more choices than ever before. Choosing the right one requires a focus on cloud objectives and development team needs, experts say.

Unfortunately, many organizations shop the growing PaaS market with the wrong criteria in mind. Nearly half of respondents (49.6%) to the 2013 TechTarget Cloud Pulse Survey said they chose the PaaS they did because it was part of a cloud ecosystem they were already using. Similarly, 43% of respondents said they based their decision on how well the PaaS would integrate with existing architecture...

But these criteria are both short-sighted, according to Yefim Natis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Once you have application integration capability, you can integrate anything into anything," he said. "There is a whole market of integration offerings in cloud services, called iPaaS [integration Platform as a Service]."...

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