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Evaluation Criteria for Public Cloud Enterprise Application Platform as a Service

Published: 12 April 2017

ID: G00319353

Analyst(s): Traverse Clayton , Richard Watson


Technical professionals responsible for choosing a cloud platform can use this comprehensive set of criteria to assess aPaaS cloud providers and services, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix or Salesforce App Cloud.

Table Of Contents

Evaluation Criteria

  • How to Use These Criteria and the Accompanying Toolkit
  • 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: Programmability/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: Scalability, 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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