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PaaS comes into its own

Jan Stafford, Executive Editor

2015 is—wait for it—the year of platform as a service! Of course, pundits have already given PaaS the keys. But 2015 is when they work. This is largely because Amazon released AWS Lambda PaaS in January, cementing the notion that PaaS will drive growth for infrastructure-as-a-service vendors. Also this year, more new PaaS offerings will be tailored for the Internet of Things, mobile devices and other hot technology areas.

Essentially, a PaaS system provides an integrated cloud hardware and software platform and the tools used for software development and delivery. PaaS breaks the ice for those new to IaaS. Most software architects and developers enter projects via PaaS or a PaaS-like environment and aren’t as familiar to the infrastructure, said Kris Bliesner, CEO of consultancy 2ndWatch, an AWS partner. Overall, Amazon’s potential customers need both infrastructure and a platform, he said.

Building IoT applications has been difficult in the past because few development tools could facilitate machine-to-machine communication. In 2013, this type of open source tool emerged and got the ball rolling. New cloud platform offerings embrace IoT, and there’s a laundry list of features that these PaaS IoT options must have to be viable.

IoT presents a strong use case for investing in PaaS, but it’s only one in a crowd. Businesses can use PaaS for many types of application and cloud integration projects, and future use cases abound. We kick off this handbook by exploring PaaS uses, current and future.

So here’s your passkey to the Year of PaaS.

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