This is the start of other tech week on this blog. While the PaaS (platform as a service) market is currently smaller than both IaaS and SaaS segments of the cloud computing industry, Forrester says this technology could be one of the most important cloud-based services for businesses moving forward. In volume it will likely remain smaller as it is focused on the developer community. However, the impact will likely grow.
More specifically, IaaS offers infrastructure for companies to get on-demand virtual machines, storage, databases and other services. SaaS provides a cloud-based version of an application. PaaS offers an application development platform for building and hosting customized applications that are tuned specifically for an enterprise’s requirements.
The SaaS vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce.com see the opportunity and are getting into PaaS. They are incorporating PaaS functionality into their services according to Forrester. This applies to both more general vendors like Amazon and niche verdors like Salesforce.com. The Salesforce.com continues to expand its “niche.” Their Force.com platform offers a means for workers with little coding experience to create applications and workflows that integrate with its core SaaS CRM offering.
It is a natural thing to blur the lines between tech services. It is also a good thing as it enhances the integration required to really make enterprise 2.0 work. The cloud is growing. Forrester estimates that this year 30% of enterprises will use some form of public cloud computing offering. Integrating cloud services is a good thing. Appfusions offers PaaS servcies to intergate enterprise apps such as IBM, Atlassian, Jive, and others.