Google PaaS has a leg up on AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

Amazon Web Services has a big lead over Google Cloud Platform in IaaS, but Google's PaaS predates Amazon's, and enterprises have taken notice. Google App Engine emerged in 2008, three years before Google would begin serious efforts on an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform, and three years before Amazon would launch its platform as a service (PaaS), Elastic Beanstalk.

Because of how infrastructure resources are abstracted in PaaS, services like Google App Engine tend to be "sticky" for early adopters -- they stay on the platform once the PaaS becomes a core part of developing an app. Google PaaS, with its free quotas, has also been more affordable and easier to manage for some than Elastic Beanstalk...

Cloud Computing: Q&A - Meet Microsoft's new Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich

Grazed from PCWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

Earlier this month, Microsoft quietly appointed software architect Mark Russinovich as chief technology officer for its Azure cloud computing platform, formalizing a role he’s been executing for the past several years.  It was a smart appointment not the least because it may help ease any remaining concerns of system administrators reluctant to take on Microsoft’s cloud platform as part of their job duties. Among the Microsoft faithful, Russinovich has serious geek credibility. If Russinovich is behind the gears at Azure, it must be O.K.

Russinovich has long been one of the most popular speakers at Microsoft’s Build and TechEd technical conferences, thanks to his clear, cogent explanations of the company’s technologies. Russinovich joined the company in 2006, after Microsoft purchased his enterprise software company, Winternals Software, which offered a line of Windows repair tools that many found superior to Microsoft’s own...

Unraveling the confusion about PaaS

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Overcoming any skepticism about Platform as a Service will require more of an operational focus. As discussed in our last post, there's a lot of "dev" in PaaS, but not enough "ops." Recently, JP Morgenthal, director of the cloud computing & DevOps practice at Perficient (and a long-time enterprise software thought leader), led a BrightTalk panel discussion on promoting PaaS adoption to skeptical enterprises. He was joined by Ed Anuff, Apigee; Sean Allen, OutSystems; and Sarbjeet Johal of Unified Cloud.

The first challenge is that definitions of PaaS tend to be relatively murky, and often overlap with Infrastructure as a Service. (Even the Wikipedia definition of PaaS is flagged with "multiple issues.") Helping to kick off the discussion, Allen defined PaaS as "a cloud-based service that integrates and manages all aspects of your application stack.... anything that allows you to build cloud-based applications without worrying about storage or other stack-based components."...

Cloud Computing: 4 Factors To Help You Better Understand Your Software Sales Prospects

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Emma Vas.

By now, you already know that your software sales process needs to look past the initial close and focus on long-term prospect relationships, and you’ve optimized your sales process and customer service follow-ups accordingly.  Yet, in order to realize more top-line growth, you need to not only delight current customers, but also better understand your prospective customers.

Once you understand their pains and problems, you’re able to offer them a deal that’s tailored to their needs – and one that’s easier to finalize.  Better understand your software sales prospects by studying the following four factors and fine-tuning your sales strategy accordingly:...

CloudBees drops runtime PaaS to focus more on Jenkins

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: James Bourne.

Continuous delivery provider CloudBees has shifted its company focus, dropping the runtime platform as a service (PaaS) of its offering to focus exclusively on open source software Jenkins. CEO Sacha Labourey told CloudTech it was a ‘hard’ and ‘emotional’ decision to move for CloudBees, which was founded in 2010.

“We realised at the beginning of this year that Jenkins Enterprise was growing very fast, beyond our expectations, and we knew that something was going on, but it took us a bit of time to really make the conscious decision that what we had to do was strictly focus on Jenkins,” Labourey said...

Is PaaS as dangerous as it seems? Cloudbees bust some cloud computing myths

Grazed from TheServerSide.  Author: Cameron McKenzie.

As JavaOne 2014 quickly approaches, TheServerSide is profiling both the people and the vendors who have continued to contribute both to the site, and also to the betterment of the Java community as a whole. These are the people you'll want to hear speak when you attend JavaOne 2014 sessions, and they're the vendors you'll want to chat with when you see their people manning the booths in the exhibit hall.

Last week we took a look at Perfecto Mobile, a company helping with test automation and user experience (UX) monitoring in the cloud. Continuing with the theme of cloud computing, this week we're bringing attention toCloudbeees, the industry's number one continuous integration solution in the cloud...

ActiveState Stackato Enhances Enterprise-Friendly PaaS Functionality With Version 3.4

Grazed from CloudComputing Today.  Author: Arnal Dayaratna.

ActiveState today announced the release of Stackato 3.4, the polyglot platform as a service based on Cloud Foundry. Key features of the release include advanced version control functionality that allows customers to roll-back an infrastructure to a previous version with zero downtime. Version 3.4 also features enhanced audit controls that give administrators streamlined visibility regarding user access to the platform.

Today’s release also contains enhancements to Stackato’s quota usage dashboard in conjunction with more granular application monitoring and management functionality. Moreover, Stackato 3.4 contains notable upgrades to its system upgrade functionality that facilitate upgrades from one version of the platform to another...

Report: PaaS Proportion of Market is Significant and Growing

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market is growing considerably, and according to the latest research from MarketsandMarkets, the cloud computing segment is still on track to reach a value of nearly $7 billion by 2018. But for now, the market has already grown since the company released its market data late last year, growing to an estimated $1.28 billion this year from $1.23 billion in 2013.

According to MarketsandMarkets, the expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the global PaaS market is 32.54 percent. Some industry experts say that although software as a service (SaaS) is still the big growth area within the cloud segment, PaaS is the next big up-and-comer...

Canopy Delivers on Cloud Foundry PaaS Potential

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Mike Vizard.

Conceptually, the shift to platform as a service (PaaS) makes a lot of sense. Instead of managing stacks of computing, a PaaS environment makes it simpler to manage large swaths of the IT environment at a higher level of abstraction. For that reason, Cloud Foundry has received a lot of interest. It’s an open source implementation of a PaaS environment that can run on both public and private clouds.

Originally developed by the Pivotal unit of EMC, Cloud Foundry has found a fair amount of support among vendors that see it as providing a counterbalance against the growing influence of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) vendors such as Amazon Web Services. The theory is that if IT is managed at the PaaS layer, then the underlying infrastructure on which that PaaS environment rests becomes just another IT means to an end...

Not all clouds are born equal: IaaS vs. SaaS vs. Paas

Grazed from OnBase. Author: David Jones.

I like to compare the different enterprise content management (ECM) cloud deployment types to my children playing with Legos. We have a large box of Lego pieces that my children can use to build anything. My eldest daughter loves this ground-up style of playing and can make some fascinating creations – simply by combining raw bricks and her imagination.

This compares to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in that all of the raw components to host a cloud solution are provided – servers, virtual machines, load balancers and so on. What is required is the guile and skill to combine these components (Lego bricks) with the required software tools (imagination) to create the desired effect...