State of Cloud Computing: PaaSOrganizations of all sizes benefit when they can run their computing and application development in the cloud. From CRM to ERP applications, your enterprise may be like many others that have struggled with the expenses of implementing and managing applications and computing infrastructure. The expansion of cloud computing in the enterprise market has yielded yet another service offering to address this issue. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) supports a faster way of creating applications with less financial overhead.
The Benefits of PaaS
The management of storage systems, servers, and the multitude of network components in a complete internal infrastructure model is extremely costly. Financing the acquisition, staffing, and energy demands of such a system drains enterprise funds, manpower, and other resources. With PaaS, the majority of the infrastructure is managed by the service provider which is often in the form of a consolidated database.
Development, testing, and production can take up quite a bit of time, but testers and end-users often get to work with the application much sooner with a PaaS. Aside from this streamlined approach, service providers can scale the offering to meet the fluctuating demands of the enterprise. A more simplistic approach involves standardized databases, operating systems, and servers. Developers usually find the PaaS model better for collaborating as existing enterprise applications are present on a shared, consolidated system.
A Growing Industry
Many PaaS vendors are seeing significant growth, driven by the increasing popularity of the model with enterprise customers. These platforms open the door to making full use of cloud infrastructure and applications. A few vendors now seeing significant growth include:
- Google – The Google Apps suite of business and consumer applications is appealing to a growing number of enterprise users. Plus, a developer platform enables users to build and host Web-based apps effortlessly in the cloud.
- Salesforce.com – The cloud service provider has added a PaaS segment to its ever-growing business. A standard for developing cloud applications, Salesforce now features Force.com, where any enterprise user can access the vendor’s infrastructure for developing apps.
- WindowsAzure – after about a year, this relatively new platform continues to be adopted by enterprises as it offers a full cloud services operating system, service management, and service hosting.
- Visual WebGui – Developers have the ability to build, migrate, run, and manage apps with this PaaS solution by Gizmox.
- Appistry – The CloudIQ platform supports app developers using private, public, and hybrid clouds. The company’s growth is being aided by a reduced delivery time, increased efficiency, and low costs.
- GigaSpaces – This cloud vendor was known for application server offerings and now offers a PaaS based cloud-enablement platform. Its scalable app development system is supported by PaaS and SaaS enablement, establishing this vendor as a player in the market.
Many more PaaS vendors are experiencing a state of growth. Established industry players and emerging contenders continue to flood the market with new enterprise solutions. In an era where financial budgets are constrained, PaaS solutions that promise efficiency, cost-savings, and the potential for growth are the focus of a burgeoning industry likely to stay on track for several more years. If in need of a reliable solution, your enterprise has numerous vendors to pick from. More are likely to emerge over the coming months.