Posted by Stefan Ried
I’ve been writing about platform-as-a-service (PaaS) since the beginning of 2009, and we published our first Forrester Wave™ on the PaaS market about 18 months ago. While the lines between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS are blurring in the minds of some end users and developers, delivering PaaS requires a lot more intellectual property on the part of the cloud provider. IaaS is “just” the offering of an industrialized infrastructure service — but full PaaS service turns the cloud provider basically into a real software vendor or VAR of a decent stack of software platform components.
The market has undergone amazing changes since 2009 and the market landscape has been shaken up considerably since the last Forrester Wave. Why? A number of vendors have joined the crowd from three different directions:
My upcoming Forrester webinar on December 6, 2012 will specifically show which options cloud providers have to move into the less commoditized PaaS zone by planning with PaaS capability segments.
Here’s a quick preview: Forrester identified six capability segments of PaaS capabilities in the recent report Multiple PaaS Flavors Hit The Enterprise. Each PaaS offering on the market today focuses on one or a combination of some of these capabilities (see the above figure):
My report Multiple PaaS Flavors Hit The Enterprise shows many vendors’ focuses across these six capability segments. This list includes Amazon, Appfog, Appian, Caspio, CloudBees, Cordys, CumuLogic, Engine Yard, Fabasoft, Fujitsu, Informatica, Jelastic, LongJump, Mendix, Microsoft, MuleSoft, NetSuite, Oracle, OrangeScape, Pegasystems, Pervasive, Red Hat, RunMyProcess, salesforce.com, SAP, Tibco Software, VMware, WorkXpress, and WSO2. If you’re currently a cloud IaaS provider you could host some of these technology stacks in your data center. Most of them offer at least interesting partner models. Join our webinar,Platform-As-A-Service: Cloud Providers’ Silver Bullet?, on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (16:00-17:00 GMT) to learn more.
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