Gartner Research

Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 2014

Published: 27 August 2014

ID: G00264172

Analyst(s): Thomas Murphy , Joao Tapadinhas , Michele Cantara, Richard Marshall, Joseph Feiman, Jess Thompson, Donald Feinberg , Massimo Pezzini , Yefim Natis , Bill O'Kane , Keith Guttridge , W. Roy Schulte , Nick Heudecker , Jim Murphy , Eric Thoo , Paolo Malinverno


Platform as a service is the cloud service rendition of application infrastructure (middleware), the foundation technology for business applications. CIOs, IT planners and architects rely on public, private and hybrid platform as a service (PaaS) in their digital business technology decisions.

Table Of Contents


  • Cloud-Enabled Application Infrastructure: Software and Services
    • Functional Profile of Cloud-Enabled Application Infrastructure
    • Cloud-Based Versus Cloud-Native
    • High-Productivity Versus High-Control
    • Hosting, IaaS+ and PaaS
    • Embedded PaaS Functionality
    • The Private PaaS
    • The Vendors Face Off
    • The Naming Convention
  • The Market Landscape
    • Cloud Application Platform Services (aPaaS)
    • Cloud Integration Services (iPaaS)
    • Cloud Business Process Management Platform as a Service (bpmPaaS)
    • Business Rule PaaS
    • Cloud DBMS and Data Store Services (dbPaaS)
    • Cloud Application Development Life Cycle Management Services (ADLM PaaS)
    • Cloud Business Analytics Services (baPaaS)
    • Cloud Enterprise Horizontal Portal Services
    • Cloud MDM Hub Services
    • Cloud Mobile Back-End Services
    • Cloud IMDG Services
    • Cloud Event-Processing Services
    • Cloud Citizen Integrator Services
    • Cloud API Management Services
    • Cloud MOM Services
    • Cloud MFT Services

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