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PaaS, Present & Future: Developers Will Decide
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Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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3/20/2014 | 12:51:16 PM
PaaS will tend to be open source and come in flavors
An excellent discussion of PaaS, Ric, and some telling points on how standards and open source code will have a lot to say about which types of PaaS survive and thrive. VMware/Pivotal had good foresight to build a successful open source project around Cloud Foundry. More power to them. Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure are different beasts where the PaaS closely resembles the infrastructure as a service itself, and applications that developers compose there should probably be run there. Red Hat OpenShift will bring additional standards and open source, with expertise in the Linux kernel and Linux Containers. It may develop its own distinctive flavor of PaaS.
Ruslan Synytsky
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Ruslan Synytsky,
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3/22/2014 | 6:01:23 AM
The key point for decision
A really informative article.  I totally agree with the statement that "developers will decide" which platforms are winners.  We've found that a big part of the decision making process, and something that can potentially delay or defer the decision to utilize PaaS at all, is the effort required to migrate applications and vendor lock-in. Developers should not have to code to proprietary APIs in order to enjoy the benefits of PaaS. Ability to reuse existing standards and collected expertise in software development is the key point for the decision.
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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3/22/2014 | 11:02:34 AM
Re: The key point for decision
I think one of the key ways we'll see developers drive PaaS is through application modernization as they start to transition their existing legacy applications to something more cloud friendly.  Due to the flexibility that PaaS offers in terms of OS/platform, it makes sense that developers will flock to these pre-configured environments and leverage them as a base to code their new applications to modernize their overall environments.  Very exciting stuff!
Ruslan Synytsky
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Ruslan Synytsky,
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3/22/2014 | 6:59:32 PM
Re: The key point for decision
I agree. Exactly. Moreover, we should understand that the next big jump is the Cloud-Backend-a-a-Service. I believe this is the best option for devs to think about the future development trend. Because the difference between legacy apps and new cloud-model driven apps is huge. However, CBaaS direction is still at early stage and enterprises are looking for solution right now.
rictelford
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rictelford,
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3/23/2014 | 10:45:28 AM
Re: The key point for decision
I agree with all these comments - especially the topic of legacy application migration.  Businesses will go through an analysis of "leave it," "replace with SaaS," or "move to cloud."  A good PaaS will focus on making the "move to cloud" as painless as possible and offer much greater upside than moving to cloud by just porting to an IaaS.
Madhava verma dantuluri
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Madhava verma dantuluri,
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3/24/2014 | 12:59:42 AM
Future
Excellent article, there is so much scope for the great work down the line and PaaS is a start.
rictelford
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rictelford,
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3/24/2014 | 11:57:22 AM
Re: Future
Thanks!  I agree - we need to re-imagine all of IT and what it looks like when built on the cloud and for the cloud.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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3/24/2014 | 3:59:37 PM
PaaS resembles language frameworks on steroids
These comments on PaaS remind me of how programmer's frameworks first emerged for particular languages, such as Spring and Ruby on Rails.The cloud offers a multi-language setting where the same plumbing, middleware and aids to application development can be readily assembled. The potential is much greater in the cloud because its a future deployment environment after dev., as well.
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john_mathon,
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3/27/2014 | 4:19:35 PM
Re: PaaS resembles language frameworks on steroids
I like this idea.  PaaS should theoretically be as simple to use as some interpretive languages making it as simple to write and test some code as writing programs in Basic but with "control" and scalability and the ability to incoroprate other services easily.  Somehow the magic to make it all happen and be available to everyone should be part of it ultimately.
john_mathon
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john_mathon,
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3/27/2014 | 4:23:00 PM
Re: Future
ric, i couldn't agree more.  I believe that a services / API centric approach with social mixed in is a start.  The cloud should track the dependencies of everything so when you go to change anything everyone it affects will be notified.  The network effect of the cloud will lead to rethinking everything.


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