Posts Tagged ‘Platform as a Service (PaaS)’

The Rise of Cloud Computing Ecosystems

20 January 2012 – It would be fair to say that in the last year the dominant form of cloud computing has been infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). As popular as those services have proven to be, the odds are good that IaaS is not going to be the dominant form of cloud computing going forward. The reason for this is that IaaS still leaves much of the responsibility for managing the software environment in the cloud in the hands of local IT people. That’s appealing to a subset of customers, but in reality most cloud computing customers are looking for a more turnkey experience.

Obviously, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings go a long way towards delivering that experience. But PaaS has been slow to catch on because most of the offerings to date have been tied to specific application development languages and associated middleware platforms. In effect, vendors have treated PaaS as an opportunity to extend long-standing platform wars into the cloud. Customers, however, have grown weary of being caught up in such conflicts.

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Alphabet Soup in the Cloud: Understanding “aaS”

31 October 2011 — There’s a new one born every minute.  We don’t mean the P.T. Barnum quote, we mean acronym. Today it seems to be Infrastructure-as-a-Platform (IaaP), to join all the other “as a” acronyms that are difficult to keep straight. If technology could just hold still for a few years, everybody could get up to speed on all the terminology. Alas, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. If you’re new, or new-ish, to cloud services you’re probably a bit muddy on what all the different “-as-a-Service” terms are. Want to know your SaaS from your PaaS and your IaaS?

Read Write Web has put together a quick primer on the differences between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Those who work in IT are likely to know what SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are. But a lot of folks who encounter the “aaS” terms have had no introduction (click here).

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Google Introduces Cloud Database

7 October 2011 – Google has launched a new service to make its cloud computing platform more appealing to businesses. The company on Thursday introduced a limited preview of Google Cloud SQL, a scalable, hosted MySQL database environment.

Navneet Joneja, product manager for Google Cloud SQL, says that one of the most frequent requests from Google App Engine users has been for an easy way to develop traditional database-driven applications. Using App Engine, Google’s platform-as-a-service offering, in conjunction with Cloud SQL allows developers to avoid the burden of database management, maintenance, and administration.

And at the moment, the price is hard to beat.  “Cloud SQL is available free of charge for now, and we will publish pricing at least 30 days before charging for it,” said Joneja in a blog post. Google says it will not charge for the service in 2011.

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Oracle Executives to Outline Oracle’s Comprehensive Cloud Strategy

3 October 2011 – On Thursday, October 6, 2011, during Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle senior executives will outline Oracle’s comprehensive cloud strategy and roadmap. The Oracle Powers the Cloud event includes more than 25 cloud sessions, 15 cloud demos and an Executive keynote address. Executives will discuss how Oracle offers the broadest, most complete integrated offerings for enterprise cloud computing. Oracle provides a comprehensive strategy that includes both private and public clouds, and all cloud layers — software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

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A primer on cloud computing terms

2 October 2011 – The U.S. government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing some guidance on how to define cloud computing and related terms in a new special publication. Currently in draft form, the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing is based on NIST-sponsored workshops and public comments. The single definition helps ensure that government workers, industry, and other groups are on the same page when talking about cloud computing.

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Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies

26 August 2011 – Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient and effective ways.

Although the current hype around cloud computing has focused on expected cost savings, the true value is really found in the mission and business enhancements these techniques can provide. When properly deployed, the cloud computing model provides greatly enhanced mission and business capability without a commensurate increase in resource (time, people or money) expenditures.

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E-Discovery Moves to the Cloud

26 August 2011 – Electronic discovery is moving to the cloud. This is hardly surprising when one considers the client-focused benefits of cloud computing and the extraordinary market opportunities for vendors.

Let’s look at the numbers. The market for electronic discovery continues to grow with some estimates indicating aggregate software and services revenue growth from over $3 billion in 2010 to in excess of $6 billion by the end of 2013. Within this quickly emerging and expanding market, there is a pronounced increase in the acceptance and availability of cloud based electronic discovery offerings. For the two dozen or so leading vendors in this market, the opportunity is staggering.

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Organizations Deploying More Comprehensive Cloud Strategies

25 August 2011 – The move to cloud computing continues to accelerate as organizations advance from limited deployments to more comprehensive cloud strategies, according to new research from CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for the IT industry.

More than half (56%) of the 500 U.S.-based IT and business professionals surveyed in June for CompTIA’s Second Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study say their organization’s investment in cloud computing will increase by 10% or more over the next 12 months.

“This additional investment will likely be accompanied by greater complexity in the overall cloud strategy, such as moving to a hybrid cloud model or adopting more advanced services beyond software-as-a-service,” Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, said in a statement. “Organizations may begin exploring options such as infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, which will allow them to experiment with custom application development.”

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How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education

22 August 2011 – When Bridey Fennell’s parents pulled her out of high school for five months so the family could sail their new catamaran from Brazil back to the United States, the challenge was more than a nautical one. How could they keep Bridey, then a sophomore in Illinois, from falling behind in her schoolwork?

Bridey’s parents got creative, enrolling her in several classes at the largest online learning high school in a neighboring state, the Indiana University High School (IUHS). Over the next few months, as the family sailed through the Atlantic and the Caribbean, Bridey downloaded homework when in port, completing her assignments while at sea, then uploading them to a Web-based drop box or emailing them to instructors. For exams, the family turned to dock masters, ship captains, and retired teachers as proctors, who then signed the tests and mailed them back to IUHS. At the end of it all, in addition to an unforgettable adventure, Bridey got straight A’s in all her courses.

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