Gartner Research

Risks and Opportunities of PaaS at the Peak of Inflated Expectations

Published: 06 November 2013

ID: G00254915

Analyst(s): Yefim Natis

Summary

While some mainstream users await signs of settled maturity in the platform-as-a-service offerings, vendors are raising the stakes as they seek a leadership position in the PaaS market. We identify risks and opportunities for IT leaders adopting public or private PaaS.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • IT planners and architects seeking the benefits of public PaaS face vendor lock-in and likely disruptions, because the relevant standards are not yet established, leaders are not yet settled and many offerings are in their early actively-refined versions
  • Private PaaS investment, now supported by leading application infrastructure vendors in the form of cloud management software, avoids some challenges of public PaaS and can prepare mainstream IT organizations for strategic use of hybrid, public and private cloud resources
  • CSI, well-supported by iPaaS, is emerging as an essential requirement for the growing number of organizations adopting multiple SaaS offerings

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