Platform as a Service (PaaS) Solutions Available Today

Infrastructure as a service has kind of leveled off and turned into a commodity, says Dave Nielsen, founder of CloudCamp and now the Silicon Valley Cloud Center.

Referencing Clayton Christensen, Nielsen explains that whenever a technology becomes a commodity the next layer begins to innovate, and that’s what he’s seeing with Platform as a Service (PaaS) players.

Nielsen led a session at Silicon Valley Code Camp, where he reviewed all the different PaaS solutions. What PaaS does, he says, is automate all the muck of infrastructure and IT and place it in the cloud. If you want to move your application somewhere else, you simply install the PaaS on another cloud infrastructure provider.

Nielsen has a whole list of the PaaS providers on his wiki. But when I asked him to name his favorites he called out AppScale, the open source version of AppEngine and all the services like Cloud Foundry, which allow you to run multiple languages such as Python, Java, and Ruby on Rails in the same instance and so let the services they provide all be available to the other programming languages.

He also likes Scalr which runs PHP code only, Apprenda and IBM Workload Deployer an enterprise-level PaaS solution.

Comments

  1. BY cobiacomm says:

    Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings can do more than simply ‘automated IT infrastructure muck.’ Offerings can be evaluated and compared across the following criteria categories:
    ● Cloud Characteristics
    ● Cloud Dimensions
    ● Production Ready
    ● DevOps Activities and Phases
    ● Cloud Architecture
    ● Platform Services
    ● Programming Model

    To learn more about the criteria categories, read the Platform as a Service Evaluation Framework

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