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February 2012, Issue 1

Java PaaS providers compete for the attention of developers

While security remains the No. 1 concern of organizations considering cloud computing, it’s giving way to other issues, according to the recent Readership Survey.  The problem now is architecting for the cloud.  A sizable chunk of respondents are now more worried about how to work in the cloud than how to secure it, the 2011 survey found. Fifty-five percent of respondents said that security was the biggest challenge to integrating applications into the cloud, but, inching up on security’s lead was architecture, which 45.5% of respondents found to be the biggest stumbling block in cloud integration.  Architecting services in the cloud poses a separate set of challenges than integrating traditional applications into the cloud, but the problem is clear within both groups.  “The real root of the problem is, if you take traditional applications and forklift them to the cloud, you’ll get some benefits [like scaling],” said Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda Inc., a Platform as a Service provider in Clifton Park, N.Y. “...

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