PaaS Finally Hitting Its Stride

November 12, 2013 Off By Hoofer

Grazed from IT Business Edge. Author: Arthor Cole.

Cloud architectures come in many forms, but in general they can be broken down into three distinct categories: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). The difference lies largely in the functionality you hope to derive from the cloud and the degree to which you are willing to move traditional data architectures to either internal or external clouds.

So far, SaaS has proven popular for those who hope to lessen their burden in supplying leading business applications like customer resource management (CRM) or business intelligence (BI), while IaaS has gravitated toward Big Data storage and backup/recovery applications. PaaS has gotten off to a slower start primarily because it centers largely on custom application development and is therefore the most difficult to design and provision…

But that may be changing now that the enterprise has grown more accustomed to the cloud and is more willing to trust it for higher-order, mission-critical functions. According to IDC, public PaaS is heading toward a $14 billion market by 2017, up from an already healthy $8.3 billion last year. That represents an annual growth rate of about 30 percent, but even then PaaS would only cover about 10 percent of the application development and deployment market, which leaves plenty of room for further growth heading into the next decade…

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