Gartner Research

Comparing Cloud Platform Options for .NET Applications

Published: 10 June 2013

ID: G00229384

Analyst(s): Eric Knipp

Summary

Organizations are looking for cloud adoption use cases for all their major application platforms, including .NET on Windows. This assessment compares cloud platform options for building and deploying .NET applications and evaluates their fit against common enterprise criteria.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Comparison

  • For Best Results, Match Your Project Scenario to the Most Appropriate Cloud Platform

Analysis

  • Evaluating Cloud Platform Options
    • Assessment Assumptions
    • The "LIFEPAR" Principles
    • Freedom to Choose Platform Strategy Aspects
  • .NET in the Cloud Project Scenarios
    • Lift-and-Shift
    • Cloud-First
    • Dev-and-Test
    • Hybrid
    • SaaS-for-Sale
  • Option 1: Microsoft Windows Azure PaaS
    • Option 1a. Windows Azure Cloud Services
    • Option 1b. Windows Azure Web Sites
    • Development Aspects
    • Runtime Aspects
    • Hosting Environment
    • Commercial Aspects
    • Appropriateness for Key Project Scenarios
  • Option 2: IaaS+Windows Server
    • Option 2a: Amazon Web Services
    • Option 2b: Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
    • Other IaaS Providers
    • Development Aspects
    • Runtime Aspects
    • Hosting Environment
    • Commercial Aspects
    • Appropriateness for Key Project Scenarios
  • Option 3: Private PaaS via CEAP
    • Option 3a: Apprenda
    • Option 3b: Microsoft Windows Azure Services for Windows Server
    • Development Aspects
    • Runtime Aspects
    • Hosting Environment
    • Commercial Aspects
    • Appropriateness for Key Project Scenarios
  • Other Alternatives
    • Variety Emerges as the Spice of Life in the .NET Public Cloud PaaS Market
    • Iron Foundry Brings VMware's Pivotal Initiative to the .NET Private Cloud
  • Use Windows Azure Cloud Services for Medium- to Long-Term Cloud Applications; Use Web Sites for Quicker ASP.NET Deployment
  • Use IaaS When Flexibility and Control Is Paramount, but Portability Must Be Maintained
  • Create Private PaaS With a Cloud-Enabled Application Platform
  • Adopt New Cloud Design Patterns for Cloud-Native Applications
  • Consider Emerging Alternative PaaS (and CEAP) in Specific Circumstances
  • Appendix: Differing Approaches to Multitenancy

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Notes

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