SD Times | February 17, 2012

PaaS is the word on everyone’s mind

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is receiving a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. The great potential of PaaS cannot be ignored, and it seems that the attendees at this week’s Cloud Connect at the Santa Clara Convention Center couldn’t agree more. While PaaS was only featured in just a few presentations last year, it is overwhelmingly present in this year’s agenda.

While PaaS was only featured in just a few presentations last year, it is overwhelmingly present in this year’s agenda. Many enterprises are finding that infrastructure-as-a-service is too low-level and software-as-a-service often isn’t customizable enough, but PaaS is the “just right” Goldilocks-like middle layer providing full customizability and a high-level programming model with easy deployment.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in a panel on Wednesday titled, “Moving on Up: Enterprise Private PaaS.” Joined by Diane Mueller, cloud evangelist at ActiveState, and Guy Naor, CTO of EnterPaaS, the panel took a deep dive into what enterprises should ask themselves and should look for when selecting a PaaS solution. While each of us has a number of different views, there were a few topics upon which we unanimously agreed.