Gartner Research

Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 2016

Published: 31 May 2016

ID: G00279886

Analyst(s): Jim Murphy , Joao Tapadinhas , Eric Thoo , Thomas Murphy , W. Roy Schulte , Jess Thompson, Donald Feinberg , Nick Heudecker , Paul Vincent , Rob Dunie , Massimo Pezzini , Yefim Natis , Van Baker , Adam Ronthal , Bern Elliot , Anne Thomas , Alfonso Velosa , Keith Guttridge


The cloud is a platform of continuous innovation, rapid change, business opportunity and vendor hype. Over 200 specialist and generalist PaaS offerings are represented in this comprehensive market analysis, designed for IT leaders guiding their organizations to cloud competence and excellence.

Table Of Contents


  • Cloud Application Infrastructure
    • Cloud-Supporting Capabilities of Application Infrastructure as PaaS (Public or Private)
    • Productivity Versus Control
    • Parallel Market Expansion and Consolidation
    • Cloud Platform Alternatives
    • The Naming Convention
  • The Market Landscape
    • API Management Services (apiPaaS)
    • Application Development Services (adPaaS)
    • Application Platform Services (aPaaS)
    • Business Analytics Platform Services (baPaaS)
    • Business Process Management Services (bpmPaaS)
    • Business Rule Platform Services (brPaaS)
    • Citizen Integrator Software as a Service (iSaaS)
    • Communications Platform Services (cPaaS)
    • Database Platform Services (dbPaaS)
    • Data Broker Platform Services (dbrPaaS)
    • Event-Processing Services (epPaaS)
    • Function Platform Services (fPaaS)
    • Enterprise Horizontal Portal Services (Portal PaaS)
    • In-Memory Data Grid Services (imdgPaaS)
    • Integration Platform Services (iPaaS)
    • Internet of Things Platform Services (IoTPaaS)
    • Managed File Transfer Services (mftPaaS)
    • Master Data Management Services (mdmPaaS)
    • Message-Oriented Middleware Services (momPaaS)
    • Mobile Back-End Platform Services (mbPaaS)

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