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What Is Platform-As-A-Service? Experts Disagree
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Stratustician
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4/10/2014 | 12:25:46 PM
Re: Whatever PaaS is, it's more open than closed
I think the real differentiator for PaaS is the market it will appeal to, the developer market.  IaaS is really more of a pure computing play, heavily resource driven.  PaaS is really where the innovation will sit as it will create the layer which applications will sit, and it will also add more value to a pure IaaS environment.  THe other nice thing is that PaaS in a way brings standardization which will help drive more universal adoption of services as opposed to everyone figuring things out individually.  This way we can have base standardization and applications can be spun off more efficiently thanks to basic controls and services already based in the platform.  PaaS is a definitely needed service, the trick is ensuring that it is positioned the right way to avoid confusion.
t_thornton
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4/6/2014 | 10:19:27 AM
Great article
I recently took a job in the PaaS space and, being somewhat new to cloud offerings, I thought this article touched on some great points and cleared up a few things for me.  

I've also heard the term "aPaas" or "Application Platform as a Service".  This is more or less the space that my new company plays in, but I'm finding that people aren't really familiar with this one yet. 

It's tricky because as I have been catching up with old friends and colleagues and they ask me about my new job, it's hard to describe it in just a few words.  If I say "PaaS" they will probably come away the wrong idea.  If I say "aPaaS" they look at me funny :)
TechYogJosh
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4/4/2014 | 12:54:21 AM
PaaS and IaaS
Does it really matter what you call it? How can you develop, scale. and migrate/port applications without a platform? Are we saying PaaS becomes a "feature" or integral part of IaaS, unlike traditional applications where hardware/infrastructure was very different from platforms such as WebLogic, WebSphere, .Net, J2EE, etc.? The confusion benefits certain vendors (e.g., BlueBox, HP) and harms others (e.g. Microsoft, RedHat). The moot point is you need a platform to build your applications on and you need an infrastructure to host the applications on. The functionality may overlap or be similar, but it will always be distinct. One may integrate platform services within infrastructure, but then the infrastructure will provide "platform" service.
Charlie Babcock
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4/3/2014 | 6:45:08 PM
Whatever PaaS is, it's more open than closed
As the panel progressed, there was a rough consensus that PaaS, however it's defined, would provide an open application building environment, with the resulting app able to be moved onto different clouds. The emphasis was on no-vendor lock-in and portability rather than the specific capabilities or tools of any particlar PaaS. That discussion of course was aimed at least in part at Microsoft, the proprietary parts of Azure and its potential to gobble up marketshare.
brentsmi
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4/3/2014 | 1:47:40 PM
Re: Small correction
No worries, Paul. It happens all the time.
Paul_Travis
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Paul_Travis,
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4/3/2014 | 8:02:02 AM
Re: Small correction
Sorry about the typo. It has been fixed.

 

Paul Travis

Managing Editor

InformationWeek.com
brentsmi
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brentsmi,
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4/3/2014 | 2:30:58 AM
Re: At the crossroads: Which way PaaS?
Li, you nailed it. The terminology is completely unimportant. As I said, we don't even call it 'PaaS' anymore. Call it whatever you want, but it is key to providing developers with the ability to easily deploy and scale applications in a predictable, repeatable, portable, secure, and easily manageable manner.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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4/2/2014 | 10:10:59 PM
Re: At the crossroads: Which way PaaS?
Very good post, gentelman. Since long ago I have doubts/confusions about PaaS. This post helped me to somehow get out of the ambiguous area. In my humble opinion, PaaS just provides more intelligence to IaaS to enable portability, scalability and easy of workload sharing in cloud computing. The terminology itself is not significant but the essence underlying is of more importance.
brentsmi
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brentsmi,
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4/2/2014 | 8:01:52 PM
Small correction
Great post, Charles. The panel was lots of fun and it was great to meet you in person. Small typo: my last name only has one "h"...
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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4/2/2014 | 4:03:29 PM
At the crossroads: Which way PaaS?
Several of these Cloud Connect panelists, including moderator Ben Kepes, principal of Diversity Ltd. and Forbes blogger, debated this issue here as well: http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/cloud-crossroads-which-way-paas/d/d-id/1114123


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