With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firmly built into how enterprise IT operates, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems a distant third for how big businesses are accessing cloud.
But should that be the case?
When we think of PaaS, you typically think of smaller companies starting up applications in the cloud. However, PaaS has a role to play in companies at scale.
According to Joe McKendrick:
“In a recent survey of 262 enterprises I helped conduct as part of my work with Unisphere Research (and sponsored by Oracle), we found that PaaS is now prevalent among one-fifth of public cloud adopters and half of private cloud sites. Among oublic cloud adopters, PaaS adoption has jumped from 18% to 20% since 2010. This is much higher for larger organizations in the survey — those with 5,000 or more employees — with 31% report adopting PaaS.”
Why is PaaS playing so well in the enterprise? Testing seems to be the greatest contributor to usage. However, other sources have pointed to the fact that ease of app development within the confines of the enterprise data center are increasingly contributing to the protected PaaS market extending to $14 billion by 2017.
What are the other benefits of incorporating PaaS into how your enterprise-level IT department or managed service provider manages infrastructure?
Private Cloud synergy
PaaS in a private dedicated environment is another path for the enterprise to unlock the benefits of rapid app development. Gathering Clouds’ contributor and cloud thought leader David Linthicum lays out the rational:
“The value of this technology is that it provides your enterprise an alternative to support whatever development tools are in style at the time, including purchasing the servers on which to run them.”
David goes on to note the most important feature of connecting dedicated resources with PaaS capabilities: some applications simply cannot be public. Private cloud integrated PaaS helps reduce the number of steps and associated resources that building the application with security and compliance components external to an environment would require.
Infrastructure in the enterprise comes from many sources; many of which are supported by disparate platforms within the enterprise. As Arthur Cole for IT BusinessEdge reports, organizations can more quickly introduce new releases across-multi cloud environments with different PaaS tools.
Emphasis on mobile
With platforms like Google’s App Engine, deploying new applications has never been easier, with resources, administration capabilities, and provisioning protocols built into the PaaS system itself. Cost is measured differently as well. As Arthur Cole notes:
“PaaS not only provides a more economical means to foster in-house app development, but also establishes a more robust environment that can lead to greater functionality and even revenue-generating services that otherwise would never have come about.”
While PaaS will remain behind SaaS and IaaS for the enterprise, its prospects are only set to increase as application development continues to have an important voice in infrastructure decisions.
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By Jake Gardner