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June 2013, Volume 2, Number 6

PaaS adoption hindered by cloud washing, market immaturity

Cloud computing is catching on in a big way, and as it matures, adoption keeps growing and new uses emerge. Those in the IT world are getting ever more comfortable with Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. But Platform as a Service remains a murky endeavor, often due to problems with cloud washing and the market's infancy.   For a certain class of applications, Software as a Service (SaaS), is a slam dunk, providing access to complex applications in a way that does not require a steep outlay of cash and requires low management overhead. Likewise, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is increasingly attractive to many organizations, offering access to vast amounts of compute, storage and bandwidth resources that can be manipulated much like on-premises infrastructure, with no up-front costs. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a whole other ballgame. Favored by forward-looking developers, PaaS' main value proposition is increased productivity and faster deployment times. PaaS also provides built-in provisions for ...

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