Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Gartner: Platform-as-a-Service Gaining Traction

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Gartner: Platform-as-a-Service Gaining Traction

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* APPLICATION BUILDING IS moving to the cloud and will come into its own as a major technology category this year, according to a recent forecast from Gartner. The IT consulting company researched this lesser discussed cloud segment, called "platform-as-a-service," or PaaS, and predicted that several large vendors will deliver new or expanded offerings throughout the rest of the year.

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Gartner identifies PaaS as the layer of technology that operates between the system infrastructure ingredients--such as operating systems, networks, virtualization, and storage--and the application layer. This middle tier includes a wide set of services, including application containers, development tools, database management systems, integration brokers, and portals. With PaaS, these services will be offered online and on demand.

This transition to the cloud will be fraught with confusion and opportunity, as vendors vie to hold onto and gain market share, according to Yefim Natis, Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst who co-authored the report of Gartner's findings, titled PaaS Road Map: A Continent Emerging. …

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