Sorting through enterprise IT's PaaS options

Last updated:April 2014

Editor's note

Cloud pundits and users seem to tout infrastructure as a service and software as a service, but where does platform as a service fit in? Many companies have moved their development efforts to the cloud through PaaS to take advantage of its flexibility, but it hasn't gained the widespread adoption numbers other cloud services have.

Meanwhile, the PaaS market has become crowded, with such major players as Microsoft’s Windows Azure fighting to the top. As open source PaaS, such as Cloud Foundry, gains popularity and companies make acquisitions, however, the choice of which vendor to choose isn't so simple.

Private PaaS continues to gain steam as enterprises worry about data security -- but is it enough to boost widespread adoption? Or should we be looking down a different cloud platform path entirely? This guide has everything you need to know about PaaS, and whether it's right for you.

1Who's who in the PaaS cloud provider market?

In the ever-evolving cloud computing market, it can be difficult to clearly distinguish the platform as a service players. Microsoft's Windows Azure may be the biggest name in PaaS right now, but some experts say that may not last. With open source PaaS and recent acquisitions, the market is heating up and other vendors are making their moves. These expert tips, advice and industry news can help you understand which PaaS cloud vendor may be the best fit for you.

2Troubles in the PaaS cloud market -- and where it's going

While SaaS and IaaS investments are on the rise, PaaS tends to lag behind. As enterprises worry about cloud security and governance concerns, PaaS providers are stepping up to quell those fears. Can options like private PaaS help boost adoption in the enterprise? Or will something else, such as IaaS vendors capitalizing on offering platform services, change the game entirely?

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