PaaS

Azure Pricing: Navigating Microsoft's Azure Cloud

Grazed from Datamation. Author: David Needle.

Microsoft may have been late to the cloud party, but steady investment and improvements to its Azure cloud have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Yet like most cloud platforms, Azure pricing is filled with potential complexity. Among the many advantages of moving to the cloud for cash-strapped IT departments is saving on continued investment in on-premises infrastructure by off-loading to an off-premise cloud platform. In addition to savings in hardware costs and the real estate required to maintain a datacenter, management and security is handled to a great extent (though not completely) by the cloud provider.

Cloud systems let you pay for what you need and scale up, which is far better than guessing at, for example, how many servers you need to buy and maintain in-house and risk getting more than you need or scrambling to add as demand increases. One reason some industries – like retail – overbuy is to handle demand spikes around the holidays even though that means a fair bit of capacity will go underutilized during other parts of the year...

5 top PaaS services to help developers build the best apps

Grazed from CBROnline.  Author: James Nunns.

As cloud services grow in popularity, the lure of platforms for building applications can be considered as one of the main factors that contribute to that growth. The ability to quickly develop applications that can directly influence your business, how you engage with your customers and a myriad of other benefits, all mean that a good and easy to use platform is a must.
 
It's important to note that different platforms will have their pros and cons and will appeal to different types of development. One platform for example may be better suited to coders, while another to DevOps and another to the rapid developer...

PaaS Predictions for 2016

Article written by cloud computing consultant, Barry Gold.

Often dwarfed by IaaS and SaaS services, platform as a service or PaaS is a category that has quietly been growing in scope and demand over the past couple of years. This category of cloud services offers customers a platform to develop and manage their own web applications, without any need to build the supporting infrastructure. So what comes next for PaaS? Here are a few predictions of what could happen over the next year.

Cloud services in 2016

To understand the position of PaaS among cloud computing trends as a whole this year, it helps to look at the bigger picture first. This year, leading cloud experts have made predictions showing that the whole field will grow and change in significant ways. For example, it's expected that an increasing number of enterprises will jump on the cloud bandwagon as a whole, with many businesses choosing to diversify their cloud strategy rather than rely on a single provider. So while a business may choose one vendor for their storage services, they may choose another for PaaS, which opens up the playing field.

Enterprise PaaS: Agile architecture for continuous innovation

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Although the MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that – a business model, not a technology – there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the cloud model PaaS (platform as a service).  This offers literally that – a platform as a service – and so it can play a central component part in enabling the Platform Business Model.
 
Enterprise vs cloud PaaS
 
Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the platform as a service model, with the goal of boosting software productivity through standardised developer tools and common components...

Cloud Foundry Advances Platform Capabilities to Include Native Support for Docker and .NET

Grazed from Cloud Foundry.

Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry standard Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today is announcing three of its largest incubating initiatives have been promoted to active projects, including the Foundation's next generation runtime project, Diego. As a result, the platform now includes native support for Docker container images and .NET applications.

"The advances we're making across the Cloud Foundry ecosystem are inspiring," said Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji, "The world's leading companies in every market are building their businesses on Cloud Foundry. More importantly, they're joining the cause and signing up as members to take a hands-on role in building out critical capabilities for their shared future."

Project Promotions
The Foundation's Runtime PMC has promoted the Diego, Garden and Greenhouse projects from incubating status to active status. Diego is a cutting-edge version of the Cloud Foundry runtime layer, providing a more flexible architecture. Garden is Cloud Foundry's container orchestration layer. Greenhouse enables support for .NET within the platform. Together, these projects significantly enhance the capabilities of Cloud Foundry by including native support for Docker containers and .NET applications.

Swisscom Launches New PaaS Offering Based on Cloud Foundry Powered by ClusterHQ's Container Data Management Software

Grazed from Swisscom and ClusterHQ.

ClusterHQ, The Container Data People, today announced the integration of its container data management software, Flocker, into Swisscom's new PaaS offering -- Swisscom Application Cloud. Swisscom, Switzerland's leading information and telecommunications technology company chose ClusterHQ for managing its customers' critical databases because only Flocker specifically addresses the problems associated with running a containerized persistent service in production. The Swisscom Application Cloud, a public PaaS based on Cloud Foundry, is leveraging Docker and Flocker, which allows customers to easily provision and manage containerized services, including their databases, in production from a single, secure platform.

"Persistent data management was the key feature that we needed to build a leading edge Platform-as-a-Service with Cloud Foundry on top. With Flocker, we found a way to effectively manage and migrate Docker containers and their associated data between servers as real-world operations demand," said Marco Hochstrasser, Head of Swisscom Application Cloud. "Thanks to Flocker, Swisscom has successfully implemented container-based services to achieve new growth opportunities. The integration of Flocker into our new Cloud Foundry PaaS offering has finally made persistent and containerized services on a production level achievable."

IaaS and PaaS cloud computing: Benefits, myths and common mistakes

Grazed from IT ProPortal.  Author: Mihail Karpuk.

The “cloud” has been a hot term for a while. Regardless of the fact that the concept has been around for about 10 years, its superstar status produces many delusions and misconceptions.  There are still misunderstandings even about what cloud is. Technologies that have nothing to do with the cloud are given the buzzword name, and cloud hosting is marketed as a solution to every problem a business owner might have.

Therefore, before we talk about advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, it is important to understand what the term “cloud service” really means. The main characteristics of the cloud are:

  • On-demand
  • Self-service
  • Scalable and measurable...

Cloud Computing: Many ways to define PaaS

Grazed from Diginomica. Author: Phil Wainewright.

What is the exact meaning of the term ‘platform as a service’? Often shortened to PaaS, the simple definition is that it is a cloud resource on which you can build and run your own application. But like many definitions in the field of cloud computing, this simple explanation is open to many different and potentially misleading interpretations.

PaaS sits between the two other ‘aaSes’ of the cloud computing stack, offering more functionality than bare infrastructure as a service (IaaS), while falling short of the finished, ready-to-run applications provided by software as a service (SaaS). This broad spectrum contains so many different permutations that one vendor’s PaaS can be very different than another’s...

Cloud IBN and the Next Generation Cloud Based Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Grazed from WhaTech.  Author: Divya Bourse.

Cloud IBN, a leading provider of open source solutions, speaks about the next generation cloud based platform as a service. Budget, no. of employees or size of your service can not limit your enterprise growth when you are using a broadly deployed Platform as a Service (PaaS). Developers can build new services or applications in the cloud, which can run on any platform, and also can be made available to the end users through internet.

PaaS also provides some additional tools for hosting, testing, maintaining and collaborating applications. These key driving factors of PaaS market accelerates the application development process and offers scalability, easy deployment, agility, limited need for expertise, reduced cost and less development time...

Cloud Costs vs. Cloud Value: A Complicated Picture

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The declarations came fast and furious this week following news of price increases for some key cloud services: The race to the bottom is finished, the era of cheap cloud computing is over.  But a closer look at what is really happening produces a more muddled picture, which unfortunately will make it even more difficult for the enterprise to chart the correct course through the clouds.
 
The biggest price reduction in recent weeks came from Microsoft, which has announced hikes of as much as 26 percent for such popular products as Azure, Office 365, CRM Online and the Enterprise Mobility Suite. The new rates are set to take effect August 1 and will affect customers in Europe, Canada and Australia, but only those who sign or renew their contracts – existing annual volume licensing agreements will not be affected until, of course, it’s time for renewal. The chief justification for the increases is the fluctuating currency rates...