Forget about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS - it's all about the platform

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The cloud computing market is typically broken into three buckets: IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) represents on-demand compute and storage; Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors host applications in the cloud; and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud-based application development platform.

But a recent Forrester’s Wave report throws those buckets out the window. “The popular wisdom that cloud computing comes in three flavors — SaaS, IaaS and PaaS — no longer describes reality,” say some of Forrester’s top cloud analysts, including John Rymer and James Staten (Staten now works at Microsoft)...

Piston and ActiveState Partner to Offer OpenStack and Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from AppDeveloperMagazine. Author: Richard Harris.

Piston Cloud Computing and ActiveState Software are partnering together to use Piston with ActiveState’s Stackato Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities to offer an OpenStack and Cloud Foundry PaaS based private cloud environment. Piston provides a turn-key infrastructure management and automation layer while Stackato provides a platform to manage, develop and deploy software.

With the combination of Piston and Stackato, customers can deploy a production-ready IaaS plus PaaS stack in a single day. Stackato is based on the Cloud Foundry and Docker open source projects. It provides development teams with built-in languages, frameworks and services on one single cloud application platform...

Trends in Cloud Computing: The Rise of SaaS and PaaS

Grazed from Oracle.  Author: Debra Lilley.

Cloud has proven to be the adoption platform of choice for Oracle Applications customers. Companies can still implement them on-premises, but CIOs really need to think hard as to why they wouldn’t choose cloud, as the benefits are so compelling.    Here are some trends I’m seeing in relation to Oracle Cloud Applications:

Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud has been really popular, and that will continue. The simplified user interface of Oracle HCM Cloud means that users get to their information easily. Managers can take the formality out of managing talent—for instance, using a tablet to record appraisal comments whilst sitting next to an employee during a performance review rather than going back to their PC to enter them afterwards or even worse sitting behind a PC during the review...

Cloud Computing - Know How To PaaS

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Editorial Staff.

The future of enterprise IT is cloud, and the future of cloud is PaaS. Infrastructure is metal, plastic, and silicon. It has kinetic potential, but sits and waits to be animated. Software is ethereal – dynamic, wildly alive, and transformative. Without PaaS, the twain shall never meet. No animation, no dynamism, no computing.

With cloud computing, you can buy the use of infrastructure and you can buy software. You don’t necessarily need to know much about running the infrastructure, and you don’t need to know how the software was written. But you need to learn in great detail how to use the PaaS. You must know how to PaaS...

Do You Need PaaS for Cloud Microservices?

Grazed from SysCon Media.  Author: Roger Strukhoff.

Cloud computing adds flexibility to enterprise IT. When companies wish to take advantage of this, they are finding they need to turn to microservices instead of their traditional, monolithic architectures to accommodate frequent change.

Microservices can overcome the challenges presented by frequent change, "by splitting monoliths into multiple independent services, each with its own simple business logic," according to Sergey Sverchkov, a Solutions Architect with Altoros. Doing so leads to another issue: "choosing either PaaS or IaaS for microservices is an open question, " he says...

Can PaaS carve out its place in the federal cloud?

Grazed from FCW. Author: Troy K. Schneider.

Platform as a service promises significant savings of both time and money. The biggest names in cloud computing all offer PaaS solutions — as do countless providers that specialize in everything from mapping to content management to mobile app development. A few offerings already comply with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, and a 2013 survey of federal IT professionals found that 95 percent believed their agency would benefit from migrating to PaaS.

So why is PaaS still mysterious to so many? Partly it’s been a matter of structure and security. Many of the most popular early PaaS solutions, such as Heroku and Engine Yard, were available only in the public cloud, limiting their practical appeal for most federal agencies...

Cloud Computing: What is Azure?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Patrick Renzi.

Cloud Computing is all the rage today, and rightfully so. Businesses are readily adopting this innovative way to compute over the Internet. But before you get ahead of yourself, there are hundreds of questions you should ask before journeying into the Cloud. For starters, what is driving this initiative? How are you preparing? How are you going to control it? And most important, what is it?

There is considerably more excitement about the Cloud than understanding. Tangible, like its namesake, the Cloud can actually be whatever you need it to be. It’s simply another way to access your system, and really no different than traditional hosting. Picture your desktop. There is a typically a tower, monitor, mouse, and keyboard...

Linux Foundation Assumes Cloud Foundry PaaS Control

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Mike Vizard.

As part of an effort to ensure that implementations of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment are consistent with one another, the Linux Foundation, in conjunction with EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP and VMware, announced today the formation of the Cloud Foundry Foundation project.

Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation, says the primary goal of the Cloud Foundry Foundation is to make certain that applications developed for Cloud Foundry can actually be ported between implementations. While multiple vendors have committed to embrace Cloud Foundry, Zemlin says implementations of an open source project can vary widely...

Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Pushes PaaS Forward

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Editorial Staff.

It's official.  The Cloud Foundry Foundation has launched as an independent, nonprofit foundation to manage the global open standards for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technology. The foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and will be governed by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM,Intel, Pivotal, SAP, and VMware.

Cloud Foundry is currently the leading PaaS platform and has seen a 36 percent increase in community contributions over the past year, with more than 1,700 "pull requests" for contributions to the open development project. The Pivotal Cloud Foundry, IBM Bluemix, HP Helion, and Canopy Cloud Fabric are among the most notable deployments, thus far...

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Resolve security control issues on a PaaS with this risk management framework

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Judith Myerson.

Risk management provides a framework to help you select security controls to protect an information system anywhere in the development life cycle on a Platform as a Service (PaaS) -- it doesn't matter whether it's an engineering, procurement, or personnel system.

The security controls are implemented after the risks are identified, assessed, and reduced to a low level. The implementation criteria include cost effectiveness, technological efficiency, and regulation compliance. You must document the criteria in a security plan...