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Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 2013

Published: 13 June 2013

ID: G00247443

Analyst(s): Joao Tapadinhas , Andrew White , Yefim Natis , Bill O'Kane , Donald Feinberg , Gordon Van Huizen, Massimo Pezzini , Nick Heudecker , Thomas Murphy , W. Roy Schulte , Jess Thompson, Jim Murphy , Joseph Feiman, Gene Phifer , Paolo Malinverno , Ian Finley , Eric Thoo , Michele Cantara


Application infrastructure (middleware) is an essential enabling technology for business applications, whether deployed on- or off-premises. CIOs, IT planners and architects who include cloud solutions in new technology decisions should pay attention to building expertise in platform as a service.

Table Of Contents


  • Cloud-Enabled Application Infrastructure: Products and Services
    • Application Infrastructure in the Cloud Computing Context
    • Automated Elastic Sharing
    • Patterns and Models of PaaS
    • The Naming Convention
    • Embedded PaaS Functionality
    • The Private PaaS
    • The Vendors Face Off
  • The Market Landscape
    • Cloud Application Platform Services
    • Cloud Integration Middleware Services
    • Cloud BPM Services
    • Cloud Application Development Life Cycle Management Services
    • Cloud DBMS and Data Store Services
    • Cloud Enterprise Horizontal Portal Services
    • Cloud Business Analytics Services
    • Cloud API Management Services
    • Cloud Event-Processing Services
    • Cloud Mobile Back-End Services
    • Cloud MOM Services
    • Cloud MDM Hub Services
    • Cloud IMDG Services
    • Cloud Application Security Assurance Services
    • Cloud MFT Services

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