20 March 2012 – There has been a lot of press around the notion of Platform as a Service (PaaS). It seems like a week doesn’t go by without an announcement about a PaaS platform. There are various types of PaaS platforms and key features which distinguish the differences between them. PaaS or Platform or a Service can be further divided into the following categories:
- iPaaS -> Proposed and defined by Gartner as “Integration PaaS”. I will talk more about this in a later post.
- aPaaS -> Application PaaS which can be thought of platforms that are offered on the cloud intended to offer blocks for building applications that run on the cloud. These building blocks can be at varying degrees of sophistication making aPaaS platforms further classifiable into the following categories:
- Metadata PaaS
- Framework PaaS
- Instance PaaS