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Evaluation Criteria for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service

Published: 14 July 2015

ID: G00277818

Analyst(s): Richard Watson, Eric Knipp

Summary

This document provides cloud decision makers with a comprehensive set of criteria for assessing aPaaS cloud providers and services such as Microsoft Azure, Salesforce (Force.com and Heroku), Google Cloud Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Online, Progress, Mendix or IBM Bluemix.

Table Of Contents

Evaluation Criteria

  • Baseline Criteria
  • Plan the Architecture
    • Plan: Application Architecture Components
    • Plan: Virtualization and Hosting Architecture
    • Plan: Standards, Openness and Portability
    • Plan: Subtenant Services (SaaS on PaaS)
  • Develop the Application
    • Develop: Developer Tooling
    • Develop: Programmable/APIs
    • Develop: Built-In and Add-On Application Platform Services
  • Deploy and Operate the Application
    • Deploy and Operate: Code Deployment and Life Cycle Management
    • Deploy and Operate: Logging, Monitoring and Alerting
    • Deploy and Operate: Web Front End and Networking
  • Govern and Manage Service Levels
    • Govern and Manage: Scaling, Resilience and Availability
    • Govern and Manage: Support and Service Levels
    • Govern and Manage: Change Management
    • Govern and Manage: Compliance, Security and Access Control
    • Govern and Manage: Platform Governance

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